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Musicmask: better sound when there's no sight

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Former editor of CNET Australia, Pam loves being in the thick of the ever-growing love affair (well addiction, really) that Australians have with their phones, digital cameras, flat screen TVs, and all things tech.

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Working on the theory that hampering one of your senses sharpens your others, Musicmask helps you eliminate visual distractions to enhance what you hear when listening to music.

The music itself is no different, of course, but the idea is that in total darkness, your concentration is focused so that you hear more detail in the music.

Developed by Corly Bedacht at Acoustic Projects in Amsterdam, Musicmask is essentially a fancy blindfold, but one with foam inserts and an adjustable Velcro strap so that you can keep your eyes open — and attention sharp — while wearing it. (So no using the free sleeping masks they hand out to business class passengers on international flights).

According to CNET's Audiophiliac blogger Steve Guttenberg, he's more aware of subtle shifts in the stereo image, soundstage depth and very quiet background vocals when listening to digital music while wearing a Musicmask.

If you think it's worth a try, you can purchase them online from the Netherlands for US$44.95 with a 10-day money back guranatee if you're not satisfied. Watch the video below to see the Dutch press launch of Musicmask.

Music lovers and the hi-fi press test Musicmask from Musicmask on Vimeo.


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