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Whats the point of a frequency range above 20,000Hz?

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Just curious,I know I should know but for some reason its slipping my mind... Is it treble?
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most manufacturers like to include this spec because it makes their headphone look high-performing. It doesn't usually provide anything about the headphone's sound quality

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Several reasons really. Firstly 20k is the average human's maximum hearing range. It varies by individual and it's certainly possible for a person to be able to hear above that range. Second, supporting frequency range across a broader spectrum can have ancillary benefits for sound reproduction in other parts of the frequency response, not just at the highest ends. That said, just knowing the frequency range a headphone supports tells you absolutely nothing about their fidelity or sound signature.

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Originally Posted by superlowfi View Post
 

Several reasons really. Firstly 20k is the average human's maximum hearing range. It varies by individual and it's certainly possible for a person to be able to hear above that range. Second, supporting frequency range across a broader spectrum can have ancillary benefits for sound reproduction in other parts of the frequency response, not just at the highest ends. That said, just knowing the frequency range a headphone supports tells you absolutely nothing about their fidelity or sound signature.

Concur.  I do recall reading some copy writing for the Tannoy supertweeters where they made similar claims where the lower frequencies will benefit from a more naturally diminishing high frequency curve.  I bought a second hand Tannoy to try for myself and A/B'd with it turn on and off.  And, I think I do get more information in the mid highs with the Tannoys on.  But, they were a bit annoying.  Mainly because its sonic signature is very Tannoy while my main speakers were Reynauds (the one with the big tweeter sticking out).  So, they somewhat clashed (Brit vs French sound).


Edited by viggen - 12/15/13 at 9:48pm
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