headphones – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Wed, 20 Oct 2021 09:34:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.14 Are Your Headphones Putting Others in Danger? Ford’s Hard Hitting Sound Experiment Shows Risks https://tiresandparts.net/news/are-your-headphones-putting-others-in-danger-fords-hard-hitting-sound-experiment-shows-risks/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/are-your-headphones-putting-others-in-danger-fords-hard-hitting-sound-experiment-shows-risks/#respond Mon, 17 May 2021 10:00:25 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=35300 Headphones can be a great way to listen to music or podcasts, helping us to enjoy the best sound experiences without interruptions. Many people also find that headphones can help them to concentrate or relax by blocking background noise and distractions. However, wearing headphones while on the road – as a driver, cyclist, e-scooter rider […]

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Headphones can be a great way to listen to music or podcasts, helping us to enjoy the best sound experiences without interruptions. Many people also find that headphones can help them to concentrate or relax by blocking background noise and distractions.

However, wearing headphones while on the road – as a driver, cyclist, e-scooter rider or pedestrian – can also be dangerous; in some countries it is even illegal. 1

Now, a new sound experiment commissioned by Ford shows that people listening to music on headphones are, on average, more than 4 seconds slower to identify potential road hazards than when not listening to music.

The study employed a specially developed ‘8D’ spatial sound experience that placed more than 2,000 participants from across Europe into an immersive virtual street and measured their reaction times in potentially hazardous situations. After undertaking the experience, most participants said they would not wear headphones on the move again.

Part of Ford’s ‘Share The Road’ campaign to foster greater harmony and understanding between road users, the study was designed to highlight the role that hearing plays in our ability to identify and respond to road safety hazards.

Research

The Ford-commissioned research investigated the road use and listening habits of more than 2,000 people from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K., asking about their attitudes to risk while driving, cycling, walking or riding a scooter.

Most of those who took part said they listen to headphones while on the move; among the 56 per cent of people who report having been involved in a near miss or an accident, 27 per cent were wearing headphones at the time.

Participants were then invited to run a specially developed app – Share The Road: Safe And Sound – on their smartphones to measure the impact that wearing headphones had on their ability to react to audio cues.

The app employs ‘8D’ spatial audio technology to help immerse participants in a virtual reality street. The directional sound is achieved through a complex process of panning and equalisation, enabling the app to create highly realistic sound cues – an emergency services vehicle approaching from behind, for example.

 

Participants’ reaction times to these hazards was measured across three different scenarios, both with music playing through the wearer’s headphones and without. On average, participants were 4.2 seconds slower to identify and respond to a hazard on the road when music was playing.

By posing questions both before and after participants undertook the 8D sound experience, researchers were able to identify how effective the app was in changing road safety awareness and attitudes.

Before the experience, 44 per cent of people said they would not wear headphones while on the move; afterwards, 58 per cent made a commitment never to wear them again – an increase of 31 per cent. Meanwhile, 64 per cent fewer said they would listen to headphones regularly while on the road.

Share The Road

Ford has now made the Share The Road: Safe and Sound app experience available to everybody to see how important audio cues can be when on sharing the road with others – from a smartphone visit https://fordsharetheroad8d.com/

Previously, the ‘Share The Road’ team developed WheelSwap, an award-winning virtual reality experience that encourages empathy between drivers and cyclists by highlighting the potentially fatal consequences of inconsiderate riding or driving. Last year, Ford revealed a prototype ‘Emoji Jacket’ to show how smart design and graphics could significantly improve communication and reduce tensions between road users.

Quotes

“Sound plays a vital role in our ability to understand our environment – we very often hear important events happening around us before we see them. While headphones can be beneficial to us in many circumstances, on the road they can block out important sound cues, meaning we might not be able to perceive nearby vehicles or road users, potentially putting them – and us – in danger.”

Dr Maria Chait, Professor of auditory cognitive neuroscience, University College London

“With this research we are highlighting an important road safety issue that often goes under the radar. Accessible to anybody with a smartphone, we hope that our Share The Road: Safe and Sound experience will raise awareness of the reality of wearing headphones while on the move.”

Emmanuel Lubrani, ‘Share The Road’, Ford of Europe

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Bose QC 35 Noise Cancelling Headphones https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/bose-qc-35-noise-cancelling-headphones/ https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/bose-qc-35-noise-cancelling-headphones/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:22:44 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29383 The Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones deliver outstanding noise cancellation quality with the company’s proprietary technology. Users can even choose the level of noise cancellation from three levels based on the environment. Bluetooth and NFC pairing makes it easy to stream music from other devices. Future software updates are likely to lead to even more […]

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones deliver outstanding noise cancellation quality with the company’s proprietary technology. Users can even choose the level of noise cancellation from three levels based on the environment. Bluetooth and NFC pairing makes it easy to stream music from other devices. Future software updates are likely to lead to even more new features, like integrated voice control.

The headphones have Bose AR—the world’s very first audio-only augmented-reality platform. Applications can now use contextual audio to deliver matchless experiences once you use the Bose Connect app to unlock Bose AR through a firmware update.

Bose QC 35 headphones are highly durable thanks to the use of impact-resistant materials, glass-filled nylon and corrosion-resistant stainless steel. The luxurious Alcantara material and the plush ear cushions made of synthetic protein leather make them comfortable to wear.

20 hours of battery life is enough to last all day. The drivers come with volume-optimized EQ for clear balanced audio performance at any volume. The Bose Connect app which is currently available for iPhone and iPad users provides easy access to Bose AR-enhanced apps. Those for Android devices are in development.

It is also possible to connect two pairs of wireless Bose headphones, so that two people can simultaneously listen to the same thing.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/sony-wh-1000xm3-noise-canceling-headphones/ https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/sony-wh-1000xm3-noise-canceling-headphones/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 03:58:56 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=26805 The Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones are just what you need if you spend most of your day in a noisy environment. Sony is now offering Bose serious competition with this pair of noise-canceling headphones. It comes with an array of mics and a QN1 processing chip to eliminate ambient noise in real-time while at the […]

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The Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones are just what you need if you spend most of your day in a noisy environment. Sony is now offering Bose serious competition with this pair of noise-canceling headphones. It comes with an array of mics and a QN1 processing chip to eliminate ambient noise in real-time while at the same time providing high-quality audio that is Hi-Res certified.

The headphones are highly portable as they are wireless and offer up to 40 hours of battery life on a single charge. They can be charged quickly over USB-C, and can be operated through gesture controls which are built into the lightweight body.

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SONY MDR-1000X https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/sony-mdr-1000x/ https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/sony-mdr-1000x/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:42:44 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=20912 If you are a fan of noise-cancelling headphones, this is one of the best headphones you can buy. The Sony MDR – 1000X is a pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones which offer noise cancelling properties that are as good as those of Bose headphones. They also offer the bonus advantage of better, more dynamic sound. […]

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If you are a fan of noise-cancelling headphones, this is one of the best headphones you can buy. The Sony MDR – 1000X is a pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones which offer noise cancelling properties that are as good as those of Bose headphones. They also offer the bonus advantage of better, more dynamic sound. Other extra features we love include NFC, gesture control for choosing your music, the Personal NC Optimizer that customizes the sound based on the shape of your head and a quick monitoring mode that allows you to keep up with your surroundings once in a while.

When it comes to the external appearance, the headphones have a streamlined design and sport polished metal in the headband. The earcups and earpads are wrapped in polyurethane foam that is soft and luxurious to the touch. The headband stays in place with the right amount of pressure and at the same time are light enough to be worn for even long journeys without it becoming a strain. The left earcup has the NFC chip that facilitates speedy Bluetooth pairing.

 

The battery life is as long as 20 hours. This pair of headphones is well worth the price you pay for it in view of the excellent sound quality, the Bluetooth wireless performance and of course, the noise cancellation that allows you to truly enjoy your music

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Bluelounge Posto Headphone Stand https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/bluelounge-posto-headphone-stand/ https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/bluelounge-posto-headphone-stand/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:52:35 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=19492 Full sized headphones are popular again and the Bluelounge Posto headphone is the ideal resting place for your headphones when they is not in use. It has a flexible rubber headrest that easily confirms to the design of all kinds of headphones, whether they are small or large. Though it consists of three separate pieces including […]

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Full sized headphones are popular again and the Bluelounge Posto headphone is the ideal resting place for your headphones when they is not in use. It has a flexible rubber headrest that easily confirms to the design of all kinds of headphones, whether they are small or large. Though it consists of three separate pieces including the thick plastic base, a metallic central elevating bar and a rubber headphone holder, the stand is easy to assemble. It is available in either white or black to go with the décor in your office or home. The stand is very lightweight but it also comes with four microsuction pads on the bottom to keep it in place. The stand has robust build quality and the micro suction adhesive of the sticky feet works really well. The central bar is made of aluminum, so the stand can support even the heaviest headphones. The only drawback with the stand that there is no scope for repeated disassembly. You can assemble it only one time.

 

The Bluelounge Posto headphone stand is a well designed product that provides you with a neat way to keep your headphone on your desk and off the ground. You will definitely enjoy your headphones for a longer time, if they fall on the ground less often.

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