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Test Benches and Ratings
Headphones

The price is not a factor in the scores.

Our score is automatically calculated based on a formula. We simply enter all our measurements and the score is generated. It is a weighted average. You can drill down the tests via the box to the right

Changelogs

02/16/2018: Test bench 1.2

08/10/2017: Test bench 1.1

02/28/2017: Test bench 1.0

How to interpret the scores

10 to 7.5

This pair of headphones is great for this usage or test. You will be satisfied with it.

7.4 to 6.0

It is good enough for most people, but if you care about this usage or test, it will bother you.

5.9 to 0.0

This headphone is below average at this usage or test. It could be an issue even if you aren't particularly picky about this aspect.

Usage

Mixed Usage
Critical Listening
Commute/Travel
Sports/Fitness
Office
Home Theater
Gaming

Test Results

Design
Controls
Ease of use
Feedback
Call/Music Control
Volume Control
Microphone Control
Channel Mixing
Noise Canceling Control
Talk-Through
Stability
Build Quality
Comfort
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference
Portability
Volume
Stand required
Sound
Treble
Std. Err.
Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
Weighted THD @ 100
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
PRTF Size (Avg.)
PRTF Distance
Openness
Acoustic Space Excitation
Correlated Crosstalk
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
Mid
Std. Err.
Bass
Std. Err.
Low-Frequency Extension
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Bass
Mid
Treble
Self-Noise
Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
Microphone
Recording Quality
LFE
FR Std. Dev.
HFE
Weighted THD
Gain
Noise Handling
SpNR
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
Charge Time
Power Saving Feature
Audio while charging
App Support
Connectivity
Latency
Default Latency
aptX Latency
aptX(LL) Latency
Base/Dock
Optical Input
Line In
Line Out
USB Input
RCA Input
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
PC Compatible
Power Supply
Dock Charging
Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
Line of Sight Range
Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
Wired
Analog
USB
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
PC Compatible

Additional information

Hover over any usage ratings in a review or recommendation page to see the components. Changes in scores due to firmware updates are noted in a yellow banner at the top of a review, and any changes to overall weightings or scoring are listed below. The test bench version each product was tested in is listed on the review, next to the ratings.

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