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Re: Sound externalization in Headphone

If you just want to experience in/out of head effects, you could just use one of the HRTF-simulation plugins:

"headplug" for WinAmp and other compatible players from:

"crossfeed" for the foobar 2000 player from:

I haven't tried the latter, but "headplug" allows you to adjust various parameters of the simulated HRTF, and there are a number of standard models available as presets (based on HRTFs measured by Hasegawa, Duda, etc.). By finding a good stereo recording and playing it through this plugin you can experiment and should be able to experience the effects quite easily. For my ears, my equipment, and most of the recordings I've listened to, the Hasegawa preset gives the most clear out-of-head imagery.

You can get other (VST, LADSPA etc.) plugins that do the same thing. One well-known one is the Bauer stereophonic-to-binaural plugin, BS2B:


Steve Beet

On Fri, 3 Jun 2011 20:46:04 +0800
Junfeng Li <junfeng@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Dear list, 
> Does anyone provide some information (e.g., sound samples) on sound externalization in headphone through binaural rendering/reproduction approach?
> As I know, the sound externalization is a big problem for binaural sound reproduction with headphone. While, I have never heard the 'in-the-head' sound and 'out-of-the-head' sound which possibly processed by some signal processing algorithms. 
> Could anyone comment on this issue and provide some sound samples to make me know the impression of in/out-the-head sound samples?
> Thank you so much in advance.
> Best regards,
> Junfeng