(click thumbnail)Beyerdynamic is debuting Headzone Pro, a mobile headphone system that offers monitoring with virtual 5.1 reproduction, and is suitable for surround studio and broadcast monitoring.
The company credits Binaural Environment Modeling technology and ultrasonic-headtracking for Headzone’s ability to create a realistic soundscape.
Model the sound of a loudspeaker system (up to 5.1) and recall it at any time with Headzone’s environment simulation software. The parameters that affect sound in a real room can be adjusted virtually: the position of the loudspeakers in the room, their distance from the listener, the size and also the acoustic qualities of the room.
The ultrasonic headtracker system enables Headzone to permanently detect the position of your head and adapts the source audio playback position accordingly. Turning your head does not affect the localization of Headzone’s sound as with traditional headphones. When using Headzone the virtual speaker or sound source is located in front of, next to or behind you depending on how your head turns, therefore simulating the “sweet spot” in the control room, according to beyerdynamic.