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Quote from: Spotted Horses on September 19, 2023, 11:08:54 PMI was thinking Shure has more of a reputation for producing neutral, uncolored sound reproduction, and would be more "audiophile."
Quote from: DavidW on September 20, 2023, 06:33:33 AMIf they still make them try the Beyerdynamics Lagoon. They are really short of features like codec support and good ANC (it frankly sucks) but the SQ is out of this world!
Quote from: drogulus on September 20, 2023, 10:50:54 AMThe MX3s have outstanding ANC. I went on the Beyerdynamic website and they have models called Amiron for $549 and $599. Perhaps the ANC on these is improved. Anyway, that's a bit steep for me.
Quote from: DavidW on September 21, 2023, 09:02:28 AMOn Android you can tell what bt codec is being used and even set it. I'm guessing you have an Iphone. My experience is that the better codecs are close enough that is not the limiting factor. My experience has been that the limiting factor is the built in amp. If it is not shielded well enough from the rest of the headphone than you can have an audible noise floor. It can also have insufficient volume or distort too easily.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on September 28, 2023, 07:09:16 AMI feel myself ready to renounce the whole audiophile mentality, with it's dedicated DACs, headphone amps, wired headphones, etc. Maybe I'll get the latest product from Bose, Quietcomfort Ultra, which even has an ambience mode which is supposed to address the poor imaging produced by using headphones to listen to recordings intended for speakers (a more sophisticated version of cross-feed, as I understand it).
Quote from: DavidW on September 28, 2023, 08:27:42 AMI hate to burst your bubble but talking about addressing imaging means that you didn't really renounce audiophilia! Normal people don't worry about cross-feed, they just listen to the music.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on September 28, 2023, 08:51:22 AMWell, yes, but I think bluetooth is antithetical to "audiophile" and "specialized audio" is an anathema to the purist. (If Wilma Cozart thinks the entire first violin section should be exclusively in my left ear cup, then it will be exclusively in my left ear cup!)
Quote from: Spotted Horses on September 25, 2023, 08:51:29 AMJust when I thought I could stop jonesing over the prospect of better noise canceling headphones, I noticed this:B&W Px7 S2e
Quote from: Spotted Horses on September 28, 2023, 11:50:56 AMLooking into AirPods Max a little more. They have spacialized stereo, but processing is apparently not in the headphones. It is enabled in the playback device (Mac, iPhone, iPad) and only supported in Macs with Apple Silicon. The iMac I usually use for music playback is an older intel based machine, so no spacialized audio. I do have an iPhone and a MacBook which would work. Tried it out with one recording, which was already rather reverberant, and difference is minimal. It might have a more significant effect on a more dry recording with excessive stereo separation. The latest Bose ANC headphones have spacialized stereo built in, which means it can't take advantage of multichannel information, but it does work with any audio source. You lose some and you win some.With or without spacialized audio they sound good to me.
Quote from: Zauberschloss on October 11, 2023, 11:58:16 AMI recently updated to Sonoma. I'm impressed with the updates it brought to the Airpod Pro. Do you know why spatialized audio works for something like Youtube but not videos played on VLC? I would love for them to acquire a company like Smyth Research, that kind of head tracking and HRTF leaves Apple in the dust.
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