Free food and toys will be provided for all to come and try your hand at modifying some electronics! If you’re experienced, come help share your knowledge – if you haven’t bent before, come try it out for the first time! All are welcome.
With the multitude of brands and styles of headphones on the market today, choosing the model that fits you best can be a daunting and time consuming task. Arguably the easiest way is to try different headphones side by side. Join the Audio Engineering Society Student Section @ the University of Michigan in presenting a Headphone Shootout.
This site has a list of raw multitrack projects which can be freely downloaded for mixing practice purposes. All the files are presented as ZIP archives containing uncompressed WAV files (24-bit or 16-bit resolution and 44.1kHz sample rate), without any effects or processing.
Do Listeners Agree on What Makes a Headphone Sound Good?
The popularity of headphones has now exploded to produce annual worldwide sales of almost $10 billion. Premium headphones ($100+) now account for 90% of the annual revenue growth, as consumers’ audio experiences are becoming a primarily mobile one. Market research indicates sound quality is a driving factor in headphone purchases with brand and fashion also being important factors among younger consumers. Yet, ironically the science behind what makes a headphone sound good and how to measure it is poorly understood. This combined with the lack of perceptually meaningful headphone standards may explain why purchasing a headphone today is like playing Russian Roulette with your ears. The magic bullet to achieving more consistent headphone sound quality is science. (more…)