Sound limiting headphones

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  1. dalethorn

    dalethorn Active Member

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    Here's another one of those well-meaning articles that completely misses the reality of hearing and headphone issues for today's youth. While limiting volume is key, the article assumes on the one hand that all volume is equal, and on the other hand that kids over the age of 10 will not find workarounds and hacks for volume limiters.

    The first problem is that nearly all headphones sold to kids today are very distorted, with bass cranked up to cover the uneven sound of those non-audiophile headphones. And even when the headphones are more expensive and otherwise good quality, more often than not the bass is way over-emphasized.

    So how do the kids get around the fact that the emphasized bass muffles so much of the musical detail in the mid and high frequencies? They turn up the volume. Then that leads to the necessity of getting around the limiters, which is easy enough to do. Portable headphone amps, for just one example.

    So the solution is not volume limiters. The solution is to create headphones that are balanced in such a way that volume increases are unnecessary, and in fact would make the music more unpleasant. But like drugs and booze, getting the manufacturers to quit selling excessive bass to young people is going to be a fight that few will want to wage. And the problem there is that there's no possibility of getting to that point when people aren't aware of the issues.

    Protect child's hearing with sound-limiting headphones
     
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    This type of headphone is perfect for little kids who do not know they can hurt themselves with sound. The article is a little light on info.

    Here is a much better one by me:D
    Children and safe use of Headphones



    It has a bit more info anyway.
     
  3. dalethorn

    dalethorn Active Member

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    All headphone sound is in frequencies, but they are never discussed, as though it were too complicated. It's not as much complicated as it is a problem for all existing models and the manufacturers who make them, as well as the dealers who stock them.

    Who wants to be stuck with a huge headphone inventory, or worse yet, a huge expensive set of carefully crafted technical designs that are uneven in their frequency response, forcing kids to turn up the volume to hear the details, and making the hearing loss worse?

    For example, most portable headphones have a boosted bass, some severely boosted. Everyone knows what that does. It writes all over the lower midrange, and to some extent even the upper midrange, forcing users to increase the volume (since they most assuredly will not lower the bass) which increases the hearing damage.

    Until we teach kids what music sounds like, and get Beats and others to produce responsible products and stop drugging kids with dollops of heavy bass, the kids will come to certain older people (not saying who) for workarounds to those volume limiters.
     
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