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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 13, 2016 8 comments
Doppler Labs' Here One earbuds gives you control over how you perceive the world. Credit: Doppler Labs

In "Why wearables will replace your smartphone", Mike Elgan of Computerworld suggests:

With the rise of virtual assistants and bots, we'll increasingly talk to our smartphones through wearables instead of poking at their screens. Notifications and updates will be spoken to us through our wireless earbuds. Haptics will nudge and inform us with increasingly sophisticated vibrations. The electronics now used in smartglasses will vanish inside ordinary looking glasses and sunglasses, and we'll use them to take photos and videos with a tap or swipe to see high-resolution mixed- and augmented-reality images.

I've written such things too—it is coming. But the thing that's started to grind on me since I've started thinking about it is: Would I wear such a thing all the time? I mean, if you're really going to keep the thing in your pocket or purse...if you're really going to have it track your steps and pulse rate...if you're really not going to have the damned phone in your hands all the time, well, you're going to have to wear the smart headphones all day long every day. I don't know if I could...or even want to do that. I'm curious, what about you?

Would You Wear Smart Headphones All Day Long?
I'm not the Bionic Man you're looking for. No way.
58% (25 votes)
Under some circumstances, sure. But not all the time.
28% (12 votes)
I'm curious; it would be fun. Maybe I'd get sucked in. Not sure.
9% (4 votes)
Heck yeah, connected 24/7, no need to pull my phone out of my pocket. In!
5% (2 votes)
Total votes: 43
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 11, 2016 11 comments

Measurement rig has been off-line some as I disassembled it for head measurements at Harman. Fortunately, the headphones didn't stop coming in and I've finally managed to dig my way through the pile.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 07, 2016 37 comments
Headphones will never have the visceral impact and imaging of speakers. And speakers will forever be trying to play catch-up with the resolution of headphones...and will find themselves falling further and further behind as time goes on.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 05, 2016 10 comments
Incipio? Really? A cell-phone case maker? Sure, they may have a good distribution system, but I bet they don't have point of purchase displays in skateboard/snowboard shops. I'd hate to see the Skullcandy brand stamped blithely on cheap plastic crap.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 02, 2016 8 comments
Originating with the Foster OEM design (model 443741, page H-4 of this .pdf) and seeing the light of day first as the Denon AD-H1001, then the Creative Aurvana Live! (CAL!), this model has now been refreshed as the E-Mu Walnut. This is a lovely example of a company—in this case Creative Technologies in the form of its subsidiary company E-Mu Systems—recognizing they have a solid-performer on their hands, and incrementally improving it. I wish I saw this more often.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 30, 2016 31 comments
Audiophiles are rejoicing.

"I told you so! I told you so! I told you so!", they chant.

A recent paper published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society titled "A Meta-Analysis of High Resolution Audio Perceptual Evaluation" by Joshua D. Reiss concludes:

In summary, these results imply that, though the effect is perhaps small and difficult to detect, the perceived fidelity of an audio recording and playback chain is affected by operating beyond conventional consumer oriented levels. Furthermore, though the causes are still unknown, this perceived effect can be confirmed with a variety of statistical approaches and it can be greatly improved through training.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 29, 2016 18 comments
From what I've seen in the past, I would say that if the hobbyists themselves become willing to take up the mission, many, many hundreds of man-hours may be available free for the asking. And if they become invested (like Bernie supporters) raising funds $27 a pop (on Kickstarter or GoFundMe) can become a viable financial resource. But I don't think the enthusiasts will go along for the ride with industry in the lead.
wktenbrook Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6 comments
I arrived at Harman International Northridge at the appointed time of 9 am, sharp. After being conducted to the Harman Reference Room, I found Tyll Hertsens already busily setting up his gear, focused on collecting all the necessary interconnects to begin his Head Acoustics simulator measurements. Tyll's next stop was T.H.E. Show, Newport later that day and he didn't want to waste any precious time.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 25, 2016 39 comments
I don't think I'd make a very good researcher. I get too pissed when the numbers don't look like I'd like. Guess that's why so many engineers are less in touch with their feelings than the average Joe. Oh well, here we go.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 14, 2016 386 comments
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