Exploring 3D Virtual Reality and Smart Noise Canceling Headphones
The tricky bit, it seems, is that terminology for these nacent headphone types has not been firmly established and it's tricky to find search terms that confidently uncover the field. None the less, I figured you might enjoy some links I've found:
Ossic X - The surprisingly convincing VR headphones I heard at CES. Available sometime this year; sample requested.
Bose Hearphones - Quietly announced Bose assisted listening headphones that have smart noise canceling that reduces background noise but can emphasize coherent sounds. It let's you hear table conversation better in noisy restaurants but also acts as a normal noise canceling headphone and wireless headset. Available sometime this year; sample requested.
Hear One - Similar to the Bose Hearphone but with some addition features that allow you to EQ and put sound effects on outside sounds. Not yet available; sample requested.
Binauric OpenEars - Similar to the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround, the Binauric OpenEars is both a smart noise canceler and a binaural mic that will allow you to record binaural audio to your smartphone or GoPro. Not yet available; sample requested.
Avegant Glyph - A combined headphone and VR display. The over-ear headphone can be worn like a traditional headphone, but the headband can be rotated down in front of the eyes and has eyepieces for VR display. It's an interesting idea. I tried these at CES 2016 and they were pretty poor, but it's probably worth giving them a second shot at some point.
Samsung Entrim 4D - Just a press release on this one so far, but boy is this weird. The Entrim 4D gets the "4" for adding the dimension of motion. This headphone has a Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) device that effects you vestibular balance organs in an attempt to fool you into thinking your body is moving in various controlled directions. Yikes! Trying to find a contact for more info and a sample when available.
3D Sound One Module - This is basically a head tracker that attaches to your headphones and communicates with a Windows PC or Apple iOS via Bluetooth. A virtual sound card app is installed on the computer or iOS device that then modifies the audio to provide virtualization with head tracking. They also make a similarly electronified headphone. Pursuing samples.
Hooke Audio Verse - Another Bluetooth headset with the ability to create binaural recordings. Not yet available.
Cape 3D - Another 3D noise canceler with virtualization for stereo and surround encoded media. Not yet available.
I have to admit my main reason for posting this is that it remains quite difficult to figure out what the heck is going on in this field. I'd love for any InnerFidelity readers who are, or become aware of, any new fangled smart headphones to let me know of them in the comments below. Thank in advance!