Originally Posted by stv014
Originally Posted by jaddie
Besides price, they are designed to clip to something, perhaps a hat or pair of glasses that you would wear. A real binaural head has the mics embedded into a molded pinna (outer ear) in the actual ear canal. The pinna figures significantly in directional hearing. The cheap clip mics won't have a pinna around them, and certainly wouldn't be embedded into your ear canal. The result will be recordings with only partial binaural effect. Probably still worth playing with for $59, though.
The pictures on the site show how the microphones are intended to be used, the effects of the pinna are not bypassed, but the ear canal is:
Also, they have simple 1/8" stereo jack connectors and can be plugged into sound cards, but need a few V of DC voltage (which is usually present on PC microphone inputs).
Oh nice, I didn't see those earlier. That might provide a better binaural experience since they are in the position of your ears. The hook things remind me of the Bose earphones.
When recording with binaural microphones, I'm guessing the placement of the microphones makes a difference? (i.e. microphones 1 meter apart will sound different from microphones 15 cm apart)
I was planning to get a set just to play with, nothing too professional. Perhaps I can record something and replace the audio with the binaural recording to allow a better listening experience (e.g. recording fireworks since July 4 is coming up).
As for ASMR, I do get tingly sensations when listening to crinkly sounds or scratching (e.g. writing on a blackboard with chalk). Binaurally recorded ASMR videos around the internet seem to increase the sensation maybe because they sound more realistic to me.