Bottleneck: Headphones vs Microphone
Jan 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 2

Tristan944

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Are the best microphones capable of capturing audio that even the best headphones (or loudspeakers) are not capable of reproducing? As new high end headphones are released, new audio reproduction improvements are made allowing for even better sound quality. Does that mean that the microphone used to record the audio is more advanced in capturing the audio?
 
A similar example of this bottleneck is cinema camera's and film have long been able to capture extremely high definition video, but only recently have televisions been able to catch up and display high definition video. The camera would be the microphone, the tv would be the headphones.
 
Jan 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM Post #2 of 2

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Are the best microphones capable of capturing audio that even the best headphones (or loudspeakers) are not capable of reproducing? As new high end headphones are released, new audio reproduction improvements are made allowing for even better sound quality. Does that mean that the microphone used to record the audio is more advanced in capturing the audio?
 
A similar example of this bottleneck is cinema camera's and film have long been able to capture extremely high definition video, but only recently have televisions been able to catch up and display high definition video. The camera would be the microphone, the tv would be the headphones.

 
Microphones don't capture audio. They capture live sounds. Audio is what comes from what the microphones manage to capture. Headphones and speakers reproduce audio, or attempt to anyway.
 
I think what you are asking is are we getting closer to live sounds with the headphone and microphone transducers? No. No really. And we never will. "Never the twain shall meet" as the saying goes. But we are closer to accurate reproduction of audio than we were 70 years ago.
 

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