Today I read about the new Apple EarPods.
They measure the sound at their output and tell the user if they are properly set into the ear by judging if in the ear the sound is as it should be. By the same measurement method they fit the sound to the acoustic situation in the ear, so that everyone has the proper bass weight to listen to. That they also offer noise cancelling is kind of more common meanwhile, although I admire this feature generally since introduced in headphones.
What I asked myself was:
what are the companies offering who sell their products for tenths and hundreds of thousand $ each?
Just heavy casework? Real sound innovation? Features that strongly improve the high end suffering of customers with varying acoustic situations, component matching, different media tonality?
Surely a company like Apple has the resources and mass sales for such innovation. But does High End business need bigger companies for providing such innovation…are the bigger ones doing it?
Why can’t bigger companies provide the exceptional sound quality smaller ones can and why isn’t there a smaller high end company specializing in real technical innovation?
Questions where some obvious answers come into mind…but maybe some of you have opinions or examples worth discussing.