CES 2017: Audeze iSine VR Demo

No new headphones per se in the Audeze booth...well, that's not quite right. Sankar Thiagasamudram, Audeze CEO, was carrying around a prototype iSine that used the same diaphragm material as the LCD-4, which was cool, but I digress.

The Captain Billy's Whiz Bang demo of the booth was a virtual reality demo of a new version of their in-ear planar magnetic earphones called the iSine VR, which is compatible with most VR headsets and includes HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible cables.

The demo itself was developed by Filmengine, and is an object oriented 3D virtual environment film making tool. Sankar had me note that robots in the environment would interact with me if I looked at them...which they did, and boy was that...weird. The experience was extremely immersive, so much so that I essentially lost track of critical listening and got caught up in what it felt like to be in the virtual environment.

My takeaway from this, and other, virtual experiences I had at CES was that it's going to be a challenge evaluating this type of gear. If personal biases are troublesome when evaluating headphones for audio quality, being thrown into a virtual world intended to make you believe you're somewhere/when else entirely is really going to mess with the part of my brain that tries to objectively evaluate. When the suspension of disbelief is the goal—and man, this stuff is powerful in that way—figuring out what to believe about a products performance is going to be tricky. Sure going to be fun, though.

tony's picture

Looks like you are having hallucinations.

I wonder what a Mental Hospital would make of your behavior?

Is this what the folks on the Buss commute will be doing?

Looks rather insane.

Will the Meth users have access to this thing?


Tony in Michigan

tony's picture

How long would it take a Cult to turn a person into a "True Believer" using technology like this?

Mind Control, re-programing the Synapses, converts to Islam or Scientology or Moonies, or Isis for gods sake!

This is some scary Sci-fi shi.. !

L.Ron Hubbard here we come!

Tony in Michigan