[mythtv-users] OT: 5.1 headphones??

Josh White jaw1959 at gmail.com
Fri May 15 01:06:40 UTC 2009

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 8:29 PM, David Brodbeck <gull at gull.us> wrote:

> Jean-Yves Avenard wrote:
>> Hi
>> 2009/5/15 Erik Hovland <erik at hovland.org>:
>>> Since there are only two speakers w/ headphones any 5.1 headphone setup
>>> is
>>> going to be a bit of cleverness.
>> I may state the obvious, but you do realise that you only have two ears ?
> One of the interesting things about the human ear is its shape actually
> conveys some position information -- besides the left/right info we get from
> having two ears, the shape of our external ears alters the frequency
> response in the front/back and up/down direction, and our brains use this to
> help determine the positions of sounds.  So the idea that a pair of
> headphones could approximate a surround sound experience isn't totally
> ridiculous.
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The headphones mentioned in the original link have 8 speakers (I'm not sure
if that's per side or total).  If the directional characteristics you
mention are true of the ear, perhaps these headphones attempt to take
advantage of that aspect of the ear design.
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