A new headphone query from a new member (Samu Mielonen )

Subject: A new headphone query from a new member
From:    Samu Mielonen  <samu(at)myrealbox.com>
Date:    Wed, 23 Oct 2002 10:16:32 +0300

Hello AUDITORY list members, I'm a just signed in member who's been reading the archive of this list before joining. I'm trying to consider my possibilities to get into psychoacoustic research as a post-graduate student. I have a background in computer science and in arts and would like to combine those. I'm hoping to get into a doctoral thesis program that can blend psychoacoustics, aesthetics and acoustics research that suits my research hypothesis. Anyway, I'm currently on the look out for neutral headphones. These are basically for my own personal testing, but I'd still prefer them to be as neutral and accurate as possible. I already own a couple of headphones for my personal musical enjoyment, but I'm not sure they are fit for proper psychoacoustic testing. At this point, I'd be interested in finding a pair of phones that is suitable for the testing of perceptual encoders performance. I've read the list archive and have considered some of the older models previously recommended that are still being made. However, I'd be interested in what kind of selection criteria do frequent headphone users employ when selecting their headphones to be used in testing? Also, if you've recently gone through a throrough selection process, I'd be delighted to hear the conclusion you came to. What headphones would you recommend and which ones perhaps not? My price range is max. $1000 USD and hopefully a lot less as this is more than likely coming out of my own pocket at this stage. Best regards, Samu Mielonen University of Art & Design Helsinki FINLAND PS My specific interests in regards to the headphone performance criteria would be as extended (and neutral in amplitude response) frequency response as possible - even to the ultrasonic range. Yes, I know a little bit about what audibility research say about ultrasonics audibility and I'm NOT out to challenge that finding :) -- Best regards, Samu mailto:samu(at)myrealbox.com

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