Audiophilia (that sounds dirty) is hardly exempt. Coming from a generation that thinks of “cables and interconnects” as “wires” or “patch cords”, I can get the materials science aspect, but my hard-boiled egghead brain balks at cryogenic treatments and bias currents supplied by batteries connected to nothing.
Loudspeakers in funny shapes, oddly placed horns, the Bose 901 direct-reflecting speaker sound. And so on. I’ve got a friend, @bret who recently joined here, and he was the one who first let me hear a pair of Bose Noise Canceling headphones.
Later, when prices came down, I grabbed a cheap imitation, Sony MDR-NC5 headphones.
I still use these on occasion. If I’m near a noisy computer fan, or in a room with background noise they do make an improvement. The idea is they have a microphone by each ear and they create an inverse soundwave to ambient noise in addition to playing, for example music. You an also just put them on your head, flip the switch and quieten things down a bit.
But there is something decidedly odd about this technology.
IS IT A GIMMICK? Choose up to 3
- It’s a GIMMICK!
- It’s a FEATURE
- I don’t care
- I would definitely try this