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In the thread in this forum on the AES2012 paper about perception and measurement of headphone sound quality, I asked the Harman research team whether they have considered measuring desired headphone frequency response using loudspeaker playback on a dummy head as reference, similar to what is done by the Smyth Research Realiser A8.   Well, I've taken up the task myself, using binaural microphones in my own head, measuring in-room using Room EQ Wizard 5.0. The...
According to Harman's blind testing, #1 most revealing track is pink noise, and close behind is Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car".
Another question for Tonmeister and Meatus along the lines of "virtual" subjective testing:   Has there been thought given to measuring with a dummy head the response from loudspeaker playback, as a reference for desired frequency response? I know Harman uses a related technique to "virtualize" a vehicle's interior listening environment as a way to subjectively assess the vehicle's playback system, but what about the other way around? That is, to use Harman's own...
Finally got a chance to read the paper online at http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=16446  This paper is a good step towards more subjective testing for headphones, which I think is really the right way to do science in this field.   My one comment would be that I wish the testing could have taken the "virtual" route as in cited work [9]. It appears that the authors' hypothesis had already been that frequency response (spectral balance) would be the most...
Tonmeister2008, will you be making a blog post about this work? I'm eagerly waiting to read the paper but I'm not sure when AES will have it online. Your blog posts have been great at making the science accessible to more people, both in terms of availability and understandability.
To clarify, it's currently assumed that an equalization curve (IEC 60268-7 or others) should be applied to a headphone's frequency response before interpretation. Innerfidelity.com's measurements are an example. This paper suggests otherwise.
The unexpected part is made explicit in the next sentence: "...the IEC 60268-7 headphone calibration is not optimal for achieving the best sound quality."
An interesting paper from Sean Olive of Harman (AKG) is set to be published at AES2012 in a couple weeks that should be of great interest to folks in this forum:   http://www.aes.org/events/133/broadcast/?ID=3181 ------------------------ P10-1 The Relationship between Perception and Measurement of Headphone Sound Quality—Sean Olive, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA; Todd Welti, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA Double-blind listening tests...
I'm using the original base-level DAC1, revision H from 5 years ago. The lights in front do not change, and this happens regardless of whether I'm using optical or coaxial input. I don't have any issues when pausing tracks using my PS3's digital output. I do think it's something specific with Squeezebox players.
  I have Squeezebox Touch -> Benchmark DAC1, and I'm hearing a click/pop at my speakers/headphones about 30% of the time when I pause/unpause or manually skip to the next track. I don't know if it damages my speakers but it sure is annoying to hear.The Squeezebox people are saying it's the DAC's problem because their digital outputs are always on. This has been an issue since I got my DAC1 5 years ago.   Any way to fix this?
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