Test Bench 1.5
Changelog

Updated

See the previous 1.4 changelog.

Tests

Bass Accuracy

  • Updated standard error score curve to be a bit more lenient with headphones with a slightly higher standard error. Very high standard error is penalized the same as before.

Treble Accuracy

  • Updated standard error score curve to be a bit more lenient toward higher standard error.

Imaging

  • Updated all tooltips for this box.
  • The phase response graph now represents the difference between the left and right drivers and includes an audibility threshold line.

Noise Isolation

  • Adjusted the score weight of the noise isolation box to give slightly more importance to frequency ranges that are harder to isolate passively.

Recording Quality

  • Changed the way we obtain the HFE. Our calculation method was causing issues for some headphones.

Noise Handling

  • Added a test to identify if the microphone as a noise gate.
  • The noise handling score is now obtained subjectively based on the 2 audio samples.

Bluetooth

  • Every latency result is now an average of 3 measurements instead of only 1.

Non-Bluetooth Wireless

  • The latency result is now an average of 3 measurements instead of only 1.

Wired

  • The latency result is now an average of 3 measurements instead of only 1.

PC Compatibility

  • Not in the same box as PlayStation anymore.

PlayStation Compatibility

  • Not in the same box as PC anymore.
  • Added PS5 Analog, Wired USB, and Non-BT Wireless tests.

Xbox Compatibility

  • Added Xbox Series X|S Analog, Wired USB, and Non-BT Wireless tests.

Usage Ratings

  • Removed the Mixed Usage box, since the usages' needs are too different and are sometimes too opposed from one another to regroup them under a useful Mixed Usage score.
  • Adjusted the weights of the Neutral Sound usage.
  • Adjusted the weights of the Office usage to include microphone quality and noise handling.

120 Headphones Updated So Far

We are retesting popular models first. So far, the test results for the following models have been converted to the new testing methodology. However, the text might be inconsistent with the new results.

148 Headphones Planned To Be Updated

We are also planning to retest the following products over the course of the next few weeks:

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