Ole Wolff Elektronik A/S, Roedengvej 14, 4180 Soroe
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02-08-2021

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Headphones and earphones

Headphone design from the ground - based on years of experience.

Extensive experience

Ole Wolff has years of experience in Headphone & Earphone designing helping customers to achieve exactly the sound impression “finger print” they want.


There are several sound tuning parameters in the transducer design as well as the way the transducer is built into the Head- & Earphone, and we are proud to be one of our customers most preferred partners in the field of doing this.


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Headphone and earhone design

A measured headphone response (magenta curve) compared to the target response (blue curve).


Design Target

Getting the sound you want.

We see a lot of variations between our customers preferred target response.


Some of this can be explained by physiological differences in the ear canal size/dimension and others are probably caused by differences in the music style and music traditions in between the various regions in the world.


Some customers prefer the target response based on the research by Harman (often referred to as "the Harman curve") and others prefer a lot of sub bass or extreme bandwidth. In either case Ole Wolff will adapt to these different customer requirements and tune the headphone / earphone accordingly.


Simulations

Analyzing and understanding the acoustics is key

At Ole Wolff we offer to set up an acoustic simulation network of our customers actual application containing all the elements in the transducer as well as in the Head-& Earphone design, which will influence on the sound performance. These are expressed as the TS parameters.


Using this setup we can quite accurately predict the sound performance and match this to our customers wishes.


Usually we share these networks with customers as well, so we can run parallel simulations at both parties for best cooperation.

When getting closer to the actual mechanical design target of the Head or Earphone project involved, we perform a 3D simulation based on Comsol, which comes even closer to the real live audio performance to be expected.


This step gives our customers even more confidence in the design phase leading to a short and cost effective development cycle.


Read more about Comsol Simulation


Acoustic simulation analysing_1Very often both 2D and 3D simulations are used to simulate the influence of leakage holes, front- and rear cavities etc.


Comsol simulation acoustic design

COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to optimize linearity of the compliance and break-up modes. Image shows motion analysis performed on a diaphragm for a 50mm receiver.

Prototyping

Drilling holes, modifying front-to-back leakage, changing mesh densities...


The above mentioned simulation tools helps us in giving the customer a very short delivery time for actual having the prototypes in hand for initial listening tests and also laboratory tests for documentation.


Normally “soft Tooling” parts will be made based on these simulation results using 3D printing. Laser Cutting, CNC processing, etc. leading to hand assembled prototypes ready for sharing with our customers for their evaluation.


Prototyping acoustic designExample of tuning the acoustics of an earphone by blocking leakage holes and reducing front volume using sticky tack.


Verifying the performance

Using standardized test methods

testing acoustic design in-ear phone
A 711 coupler used for testing an in-ear earphone.



The Laboratories at the Development sites of Ole Wolff in Denmark and China are fitted with the most advanced standardized measurement equipment especially developed for the verification of performance of professional audio consumer products.


This includes Artificial ears, Head & Torso simulators, Anechoic Chambers etc. and are all parts of standardized test methods used and acknowledged all over the World.


This makes us possible to communicate test results in same technical “language” as our customers as well as other independent laboratories are using.



Picture to the right: The Ole Wolff head and torso simulator measuring a pair of noise cancelling headphones.

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