DIY modifications for acoustically transparent headphones

Nils Meyer-Kahlen*, Daniel Rudrich, Manuel Brandner, Stefan Wirler, Simon Windtner, Matthias Frank

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)


Acoustically transparent headphones are an important tool for Augmented Reality (AR) research. To supplement a real acoustic scene with virtual sound sources or virtual acoustics, previous studies have used the very open AKG K1000. Since this model was discontinued and is expensive on the second-hand market, we present modifications to a regular open headphone. Measurements show that cutting out pieces of the ear-pads can yield transparency characteristics comparable to the K1000. Fully surrounding transparency measurements of the original and the modified models are presented. Moreover, based on headphone transfer function measurements, minimum-phase filters are derived, to compensate for the loss of low frequencies after modification. The instructions and open measurement data make it easy to replicate this DIY solution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication148th AES Convention
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-942220-32-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventAudio Engineering Society Convention - Virtual, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2 Jun 20205 Jun 2020


ConferenceAudio Engineering Society Convention
Abbreviated titleAES
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'DIY modifications for acoustically transparent headphones'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this