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Test Settings For Headphones

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What it is: The settings that the headphones were tested under.
When it matters: When you want to better compare your experience with our test results.

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Firmware

What it is: The firmware version the headphones were tested under.
When it matters: When you want to compare or keep track of the features and possible issues mentioned in the review.

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Power

What it is: Whether the headphones were tested with their power on or off. If the headphones are not powered, "passive" will show. Passive headphones are powered using a Schiit Ragnarok 1 amplifier.
When it matters: The performance of powered headphones that have passive playback can vary when their power is turned off.

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Connection

What it is: Whether the headphones were tested with an analog, USB, Bluetooth, or proprietary wireless connection.
When it matters: Since the performance of headphones could vary depending on the type of connection, it's useful to know how they were tested.

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Codec

What it is: The audio format used in testing the headphones.
When it matters: The codec may have an effect on certain types of distortion tests, but it's unlikely that it shows up in other tests like frequency response.

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EQ

What it is: What EQ settings, if any, were used in testing the headphones.
When it matters: This will be important if you'd like to compare/match the performance of your headphones to what's reported in the review.

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ANC

What it is: Whether the headphones were tested with active noise cancelling on or off. If the headphones don't have active noise cancelling, "No ANC" will show.
When it matters: In certain cases, ANC can change the sound of the headphones, so it's important to know what conditions they were tested under.

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Tip/Pad

What it is: What tip/pad size and type was used during the measurements.
When it matters: Foam tips tend to provide better isolation and leakage performance. Also, certain headphones come with multiple pads that provide different sound profiles for the headphones.

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Microphone

What it is: Which microphone was used for testing (if the headphone comes with multiple microphones).
When it matters: When you want to better evaluate the product and compare your experience with our test results.

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