The top ten things to know when listening with iSpaSe:

1. What we hear is unlike anything else we’ve heard before when listening with headphones. Experience has shown that, for the very first time we listen with iSpaSe, it may take some of us an hour or two to get used to it. During that time, it is important not to switch back and forth between iSpaSe and direct headphones. To help the process, it’s also best to listen at lower volume in relatively quiet surroundings. Because iSpaSe gives natural sound, we are not so much learning to listen with iSpaSe as learning to forget listening without it.

2. Because iSpaSe corrects the relative loudness of each source, we need to lower the overall volume of our media players to experience the greatest sense of the space between the sound sources and ourselves.

3. Sounds are now more focused and lifelike than we are used to hearing with headphones. It’s time to turn off all those EQ (Equalization) and special effects in the media player. We don’t need them any more and some may interfere with the iSpaSe process. As always. when listening with earbuds, make sure they are placed firmly and comfortably in each ear to ensure that you hear the best bass sound.

4. Now our perception of the location of each sound both from front and back is highly accurate. It is important to note that iSpaSe does not create or simulate surround sound. We only hear surround sound when it is meant to be there.

5. Once we become used to listening with iSpaSe, external sounds aren’t as distracting. So we don’t need to isolate ourselves from the noise of our surroundings in quite the same way.

6. Where we prefer to use our media player and also hear our surroundings, such as when we are on the street, in the office or at home in the evening, iSpaSe enables us to adjust the volume of our media players so that we hear a natural mix of headphone and external sound.

7. Directional information is gathered from any stereo or multichannel source. Home movies taken with a stereo camcorder or smartphone can give remarkably accurate and lifelike three-dimensional sound.. If you have one, it’s also worthwhile listening to your vinyl record collection. Many will have recordings that sound outstanding with iSpaSe.

8. We hear multichannel sound sources in surround even though we connect to the media player with the stereo headphone connector. The stereo output is actually a mix of all the channels and contains the information we need. The effect we hear is of sound accurately placed around us both at the front and back, above and below. On some players, the stereo headphone connector can be changed to give a variety of outputs. Where possible, it should always be set for stereo loudspeakers (rather than headphones). Please note that the information we use to interpret front to back placement is not always available, in which case the SMK places all sound in front.

9. Unlike our experience with loudspeakers, the sound we hear is unaffected by where we listen, so we are, in effect, realistically at the location of the performance or ‘in the movie’ as far as the sound is concerned. If the ‘presence’ of the venue has been captured, then we will hear it.

10. iSpaSe works with all styles of on-ear and in-ear headphones that have a standard 3.5 mm jack plug and works with the remote and microphone features of most phones. It also works well with noise-canceling headphones and headphones that feature enhancements such as bass boost.