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A $99 add-on that promises to bring 3D sound to standard headphones

by • July 21, 2016 • No Comments

3D sound, it’s, ahem, all around you. From the appear (or, fairly, sound of it), hardware startups are convinced that the effect is set to be the following big thing in consumer audio, and Kickstarter, accordingly, is littered with headphones that promise a additional immersive listening experience akin to the new VR boom.

Most companies went ahead and created the innovation directly into a pair of headphones. A few, like Waves, have taken a additional modular approach, so users can bring their own headphones to the 3D party. 3D Sound Labs is bringing a much like approach, with the decidedly key benefit of in fact being on the market now (as Waves’ own offering is already meandering in the direction of the crowdfunding finish line).

3D Sound Labs

At $99, the two modules are priced the same, yet the latter appears to be a little less involved, with a more compact footprint and a additional passive software offering. The 3D Sound Labs Module One is not the many elegant solution, but it’s fairly non-invasive, with an elastic band that’s secured around a headphone band. It and so sits atop the headphones like a little trapezoidal antenna.

The add-on syncs up fairly easily through the app, that in addition serves as your main method of interacting. You’ll require to listen to files through the app itself, that requires linking and downloading, and is all in all a bit clunky. Once on, it’s pretty a novel experience, many notably the created-in gyroscopes, that customize playback based on the positioning of your head.

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It is rad, certain, but not really the immersive experience I was hoping for out of the box. The app experience leaves a little to be desired, as well, and may pretty benefit of a bit additional customization. It is a rad trick, for certain, and really great that the company was both able-bodied to manufacture it module and so tiny, but $99 is a pricey premium to pay on top of whatever you shelled out for those headphones.


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