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Each month an industry expert highlights a topic of importance to the AES community.
Listen, Learn, and Connect with advances in technology and best practices in audio.

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When the July 2015 issue of the AES Journal called for contributions to the Society’s first conference dedicated to headphone technology it was predicted that more than 300 million pairs of headphones would be sold that year. The conference was held in August 2016 and was soon followed by a conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality. These conferences demonstrate the breadth of the science and technology that are blurring the lines between headphones, immersive audio, assistive listening and mobile computing; while at the same time pointing to the challenges that face the community in making the resulting experiences seamless. The signing into law of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 will create new opportunities as the market for headphones continues to grow. In 2017 more than 350 million pairs were sold. In short, headphones and the technology associated with them are as popular as ever and the AES will remain at the forefront of this exciting field.

Curator: Patrick Hegarty

Patrick was chairman of the 2016 AES International Conference on Headphone Technology together with Sean Olive. He studied Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before moving to Salford to study Audio Technology. He spent 10 years working at Bang & Olufsen where he was part of a team that developed a listening test system for automotive audio using binaural technology. He currently works as an R&D Engineer at Dynaudio.

AES Journal Spotlight Interview

As another feature of Inside Track we’re piloting a video interview hosted by Francis Rumsey, Consultant Editor and Technical Writer for the AES Journal. You’ll have the chance to hear one of our recent authors talk about their research in an accessible way, find out what they did, why they did it, and why it’s important. We’ll look forward to finding out how these are received.

This month Francis talks to Enzo da Sena, author of Localization Experiments with Reporting by Head Orientation: Statistical Framework and Case Study.


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