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Philips Golden Ears challenge

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by moolok, Jan 26, 2014.
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  1. will f
    Fun and educational. I was surprised how little difference bit rate makes and I'm pretty convinced that anything above 320 is going to be insignificant for me, even with really challenging music.

    Equipment was Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 through a Teac HA-50P (yes, you can do it with moderately priced gear)

  2. Cerastes
    Got my "golden ears" awhile ago. Was fun except the final frequency cut/boost test which was rather annoying and more about memorization really.
  3. Zam A
    I just found this challenge last night and completed golden ears with my ath-im50 & a tablet :D it was pretty fun
  4. olbc
    So I know this is an old thread, but it appears that golden ears has just been shut down by Philips. I spoke with Philips support chat person and confirmed, although they did not know a reason for shutting it down:
    ME: did you guys kill golden ears?

    Salvador: Let me look into that Oleg, okay?

    ME: thanks!

    Salvador: It is not available anymore Oleg.

    ME: that's a shame

    Salvador: I do not have any information on why was that decision made

    ME: is there anyone to contact whom I can discuss what a shame this is? :)

    Salvador: At the bottom you will see a phone number which will provide you the right department.

    ME: at the bottom of what, sorry?

    Salvador: Sorry Oleg, forgot to press enter to provide you the link

    Salvador: http://www.usa.philips.com/c-w/support-home/support-contact-page.html
  5. AKGunkie
    Sad news, it was a great tool for visualizing the changes in audio. You can still DL the harman trained listener one, but it's a old and hobbled together program. It ultimately does a better job IMO but it's not as pretty/easy to pick up for beginners as the GE site.
  6. fallofdave
    This really is a shame.  Hopefully they will release the program and not delete it and put it to waste.  Perhaps if Head-fi and others petition them we can get them to put it back up or to release the code.
  7. olbc
    Oh? Do you have a link?! I'd love to check it out!
    Also, are there any other options or alternatives for such product?
  8. HiFiChris Contributor
    olbc likes this.
  9. HPLobster
    Wow, this really saddens me right now, since I just heard about this TODAY and now of course would give my right arm to try the challenge!
    Hopefully Philips is going to think this over.... 
  10. olbc
    It's unlikely that they will think this over. I was informed that everyone who was involved in this project moved when Philips sold their subsidiary to Gibson.
  11. HiFiChris Contributor
    Oh, wow, I didn't know about that.
    Too bad they didn't leave the files on their servers or at least offer the website files for download.
  12. olbc
    Yeah, opensourcing this would have been a community service...
  13. Joao Bosa
    Any news on the challenge coming back? I really wanted to try it
  14. KipNix
    Sadly, I missed it. But I'm wondering if Youtube would have something comparable.
    But then again, that site might have inherent audio limitations, correct?
  15. AKGunkie
    Harman how to listen is the only software that will have what you are looking for. It was linked previously in this thread.
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