5.1 Headphone Monitoring System Extended

Beyer Dynamic add new headphones to Headzone PRO system      03/09/07

5.1 Headphone Monitoring System Extended
Headzone Base Unit

Beyerdynamic recently introduced Headzone PRO - the first mobile headphone system in the world with virtual 5.1 playback for professional monitoring and now they have extended it with the closed DT 770 PRO headphones in addition to the semi-open DT 880 PRO HT.
Here’s what they have to say in their own words…
Thanks to “Binaural Environment Modelling� technology and patented ultrasonic headtracking, Headzone enables realistic surround sound reproduction with conventional stereo headphones.
Using the ultrasonic headtracker, the system permanently detects the position of the listener’s head and adapts the source audio playback accordingly; as in a real environment, the virtual loudspeakers or sound sources are located in front of, beside or behind of the listener, depending on how he moves his head. In other words, they are in a fixed position in the monitoring room. With Headzone® you can easily create, save and access the sound characteristics of a loudspeaker system (up to 5.1) at any time. The parameters that affect sound in a real room can be adjusted interactively: the position of the loudspeakers in the room, the distance of the loudspeakers from the listener, the size and the acoustic qualities of the room.
In addition to the semi-open DT 880 PRO HT, the Headzone system has been extended to include the closed DT 770 PRO headphones with headtracking. In order to achieve optimum surround material playback, the algorithms are specially adapted for the DT 770 PRO HT. As of version 1.3 of the Software Control Panel and the DSP firmware, users will be able to select between the two headphone models and their respective algorithms. Users who already own a Headzone® PRO system will be able to download the soft and firmware update from the beyerdynamic homepage soon.
The DT 770 PRO HT is ideal in situations where disruptive background noises need to be blended out, for example in outside broadcast vehicles or live recordings. The headphone technology is based on the tried-and-tested studio standard DT 770 PRO model, which is both comfortable to wear and features a long service life.’
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