Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 01, 2016 4 comments
In order to make augmented reality audio on headphones believable, individualized HRTF measurements must created and used in the signal processing of the headphones. Typically, HRTF measurements are taken in an anechoic chamber with dozens of speakers around the room, or speakers swept by mechanical arms, or with rotating stools for the subject to sit upon. Obviously, you're not going to install these systems in every Walmart across the country so millions of kids can enjoy an immersive game of Pokemon Go.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 30, 2016 9 comments

You're no doubt aware of the latest Pokemon Go craze. Kids walk around with smartphone in hand searching for these little cartoon characters that have been virtually placed in the real physical world. It's hot, hot, HOT!!!

Well, when the kids are crazy about something, the MBAs take notice. If you can enhance Pokemon Go by making it a more "real" experience, the kids will by your stuff. As a result, companies from Sennheiser to Microsoft to Nokia to Apple are all in a race to make headphones sound like real sound that come from outside your head.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 29, 2016 3 comments
Having done my Google maps satellite surveillance prior to the event, my hotel was a quick 100 meter walk from the Nordkraft building in which the conference was held. This old power plant building was refurbished in 2009 as part of a cultural development effort in the surrounding waterfront area.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 25, 2016 7 comments
A few of yesterdays papers on perceptual evaluations referred to the "Sound Wheel" developed by Delta's SenseLab---a Danish firm that offers an audio product testing service. I was intrigued at first simply because it was colorful and pretty. After the sessions I looked it up and found it was far more than that.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 25, 2016 4 comments
It's always a bit Twilight Zone to travel for 20 hours only to arrive at your destination at 9 o'clock in the morning. I walked up to the desk clerk at the Aaborg Hotel to check in.

"I'm sorry, sir. Your room won't be ready until about 2 PM."

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 23, 2016 19 comments's something you probably didn't expect.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 21, 2016 22 comments
The new Mr. Speakers Ether Flow and Focal Utopia and Elear have rocked my world...and the Wall of Fame. Here are the changes...
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 18, 2016 12 comments
I had only two days with a pre-production Ether Flow before my house was invaded by the French. I was quite enjoying the pre-production Flow, but the Focal Elear and Utopia turned my world upside down. By the time Dan Clark, CEO and Founder of Mr. Speakers, sent the production unit my world was in a bit of an uproar. Though I didn't mention them, the Flow was ever present in my listening kept whispering to me, "It's not about "The Best" anymore, it's about character."
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 12, 2016 19 comments
Well...that escalated quickly.

Anticipating incoming Focal Elears, DIYers are already starting to ask about dimensions for cable swaps. Might as well do it while I've got them here.

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Posted: Aug 11, 2016 10 comments
Just yesterday, Jude Mansilla posted measurements of the Focal Utopia and Elear with the pads swapped. Stillhart had messaged him that the he tried swapping the Utopia's pad to the Elear pad to get a little more bass. The pads just pull off and swap easy-peasy. I did it and...SWEET! Yes, the Utopia's gain a bit more bass—which was something I found them in need of in my review.

Duh. Why didn't I think of that?