AES Headphone Technology Conference

Headphone Technology

The AES is set to hold its second International Headphone Technology Conference, August 27–29 at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco, CA. The Conference offers three days of presentations, sessions, demonstrations, and more, all dedicated to headphone technology, with a special emphasis on the emerging fields of Mobile Spatial Audio, Individualization, Assistive Listening and Audio for Augmented Reality.

“We are eager to bring this topic to the international stage, once again, after the overwhelming success of our 2016 Conference in Denmark,” states Conference co-chair Christopher Struck. “As the role, and very definition, of ‘headphones’ continues to evolve, we plan to take a closer look at how new applications, technical designs, and evaluation of headphone technology and its impact can be applied to the headphone, hearing aid and audio delivery industries across the board.”

A highlight of AES Conferences are the guest keynote speakers, of which the Headphone Technology Conference offers six. These include Prof. Michael Vorländer (Aachen University) speaking on “Acoustic Transparency of Earphones and Headphones”; a talk on “HRTF Modeling and Rendering” with Prof. Ramani Duraiswami (University of Maryland); and Prof. Dorte Hammershøi (Aalborg University) with her remarks on “Hearing Damage Risk from Headphone-Based Listening.”

Scientific research papers – now available for preview in the AES E-Library - will also be presented, covering an array of topics including active noise cancellation, signal processing, virtualization, test and measurement, modeling, binaural rendering, and more. Demonstrations of headphone measurement, response simulation and rapid HRTF rendering will be a part of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s afternoon sessions, in addition to poster presentations and sponsor exhibits. Other highlights include a workshop titled “Measuring 3D Directivity of Microphones and Radiated Sound in Headsets and Hearables" by Robert Werner of Klippel GmbH, and a Workshop/Panel Discussion on "Practical Considerations of Commercially Viable Headphones" with Moderator Michael Klasco (Menlo Scientific, Ltd) leading a discussion with panelists John Patrick Quigley (Eastman Chemical Company), Christopher Struck (CJS-Labs), and Mark Donaldson (SoundChip).