About HeadRoom Crossfeed
Headphones are actually capable of much more accurate sound than speakers on a performance-per-dollar basis. Why, then, don’t people use headphones more extensively for high-end listening? The answer, we believe, is that there are some fundamentally unnatural things about the way you perceive the location of the sounds you hear on headphones, and that artificiality gets in the way of having a gratifying listening experience. The end result can be premature listening fatigue which, for music lovers, is as bad as it sounds.
Scientists and engineers have been working on the problem of correcting headphone imaging for a long time, but there was never a large enough economic justification to put the necessary resources into the issue. Today, that's all changed: the incredible growth in portable player use; the huge numbers of people using headphones with computers or smartphones; and the highly mobile lifestyle of today’s music / movie fan has made headphone listening a significant area for serious research and development dollars. The massive improvements in headphone sound quality performance is another big reason crossfeed technology has blossomed.
In the 1990s and 2000s, commercial interest in solving the psycho-acoustic problems of headphones grew steadily and now a number of audio companies like HeadRoom and SPL develop crossfeed products and technologies intended to make sound more natural and truly 'life-like' on headphones.
Learn More about HeadRoom's Crossfeed and other types of headphone imaging technologies.