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Headphone Technology: Personalization, Perception, Preference

[Feature] Headphones are almost certainly now the dominant means by which many people listen to reproduced sound. Still, the quality of the devices used is often remarkably low, and there is a very wide range of frequency responses represented. The need for a new “preferred” target curve has been suggested. Loudspeaker reproduction can now be simulated on headphones in such a way that timbral coloration is minimized. Virtual room simulation, head tracking, and personalization, could make this even more successful. There is continued debate about whether consumer preference trumps objective accuracy.

JAES Volume 64 Issue 11 pp. 940-944; November 2016
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