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The last ten years have seen a renaissance in headphone science. Important new research into frequency response and tuning has already improved the quality of headphone sound. But I’ve seen no research into something almost as important: isolation, or the degree to which headphones block outside sounds from reaching your ears. The less such isolation you have, the more your music will be polluted by the sounds around you. That’s no problem in a quiet listening room at home, but on a passenger jet or in a crowded Starbucks, it’s impossible to get good reproduction of music unless your headphones isolate your eardrums from the ambient sounds of such environments.

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Why launch SoundStage! Solo -- a new website dedicated entirely to headphone listening -- when the Internet already has several headphone-focused sites, and dozens more audio and tech sites that review headphones? Simple: Because we think headphones deserve more serious consideration than most sites give them.

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Brent Butterworth 2 days ago Focal Utopia Headphones
@Bill SizerIt's not out of the question. But unfortunately, DCA usually arranges for about five reviews ...
Bill Sizer 6 days ago Focal Utopia Headphones
Nice, thorough review...much appreciated! Speaking of top-tier headphones, any chance you guys will be able ...
@a1982They're supposed to be sending me one ... I'll check on it.
Hi can you measure the 2022 utopia? no one had ever published details like csd ...
@JimmyYeah, I created one for Wirecutter that's an average of the noise canceling between 100 ...
Have you thought of a rating system for noise cancellation. Useful like your other scale. ...
@Brent ButterworthFair. Thank you for your time. Appreciative of advice.
Very informative, easy to read article. It's gotten hard to find reviews of any kind ...
@JonathanYou should read those reviews on this site, read some other reviews, and decide. I ...
@Brent ButterworthThose 4. What would you pick for you? I want sound most, but good cancelling. ...