While not exactly a household name, Audio Chi has been making noises with its claims that its W-Series headphones can deliver quality audio yet remain in realms of affordability. Indeed, some things have to be seen heard to be believed. The W-series are lightweight, with a simple physical design. Accessories include a travel bag …
Why would I shell out £50 when decent AKG studio cans come for £35?
Because "Audio Chi" sounds infinitely cooler than "AKG" - this will help you to be hip and cool. (I'm not taking the piss too much, I've never heard these headphones so they might blow the AKGs away for all I know...)
... They come in PINK!
Apart from the colour options I dunno really.
Which sound better? If you have tried them both and found the AKGs better then please let us know.
Though if your point is that El Reg should have run a comparison with another set of bins then I agree.
> “three dimensional… just like being in a live performance”
Well, it might be if you listened to a binaural recording, but since we almost always listen to stereo recordings, the sound will as usual be inside our heads and distinctly unlike a live performance.
I know we won't get it at this price point, but is there any reason why a manufacturer couldn't incorporate digital signal processing to convert the stereo input to binaural?
Pure binaural recordings present the sound as it would arrive at the ears, using in-ear
microphones or microphones on dummy heads to record the sound. Pure Stereo recordings
use a separated pair of microphones to collect the sound across a "sound stage" and reproduce
it from a distant, separated pair of loudspeakers. (Of course with a studio recording, the outputs of individual instruments and sound sources are placed across a virtual sound stage by the audio engineer or producer.)
16 Hz - puh...
I like my crazy 3Hz Sony MDR-XB700 cans. I bought them because a coworker bought a JVC set that were rated at 6Hz, must... stay... ahead... But you have to find insane hip-hop to hear anything that low. One such hip hop 'tune' actually has the entire headphones fluttering in and out.
And yes, for those that may be concerned, I have some Sennheisers HD500 in case I want more balanced sound. But they only reach 14 Hz. Puh.