Through other ears

Wouldn’t it be great if you could hear the IRSV in Music Room One? Multiple weekly visitors get the chance, but the many thousands of readers of this blog have to just guess. Or do they?

Stereophile editor John Atkinson spent time with us and posted two parts of his three-part factory tour and interview with me already. The third and final installment in the series is now online and ready to watch, and…wait for it…hear it.

What John did is fascinating. Equipped with in-ear monitors sporting external microphones each, he recorded what he heard complete with the sound shaping of his ear’s pinna. When I first saw him do this I shook my head in wonder. What the hell? But the more I thought about it the cooler this idea became to me. And daring too. Takes a lot of chutzpah to do what John did.

I love chutzpah.

Go here and watch/listen to this last of the interviews. The watching is not much more than the back of John’s head, but crank up the computer speakers and get a taste of what music sounds like through this unique system.

Paul McGowan