CES 2015: Neoh head-tracking headphones deliver '3D Atmos sound'

On show at CES Unveiled, the Neoh headphones from 3D Sound Labs were described as the Oculus Rift of the heaphone world but seemed a little more like Dolby Atmos in a set of earphones to us.

The headphones use head-tracking technology to move the sound around you as you move your head. Your source device is 'home'; if you turn away from your TV, PC or music player, the sound will appear to come from behind you. That's the theory at least.

WATCH: See the 3D Sound Labs Neoh headphones in our CES Unveiled highlights video

There are sensors on the headband, while all the clever digital surround processing - 3D sound if you like - is done by a companion app. 3D Sound Labs says the system can replicate the sound of up to 25 speakers and move sound all around your head - a bit like the Atmos cinema systems.

3D Sound Labs will be seeking crowdfunding later this year in an effort to get this technology on the market, though the guys on the stand at CES 2015 seemed quietly confident that the tech would come to market whatever the outcome of that funding. We shall see.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).