[MCN-L] mcn-l Headphones

George Scharoun GScharoun at mfa.org
Mon Jan 4 20:50:30 UTC 2010


Thought I¹d add my thoughts on gallery headphones to the discussion.  The
norm at the MFA used to be $20 Sony headphones, but they broke constantly
and were pretty much considered disposable.  They were cheap, but it was
embarrassing to come to the gallery and find a twisted mess of cables and
missing earcups. 
For our exhibition ³Seeing Songs² which has a 6 month+ run, we reached out
to Sennheiser who donated 3 pairs of HD 280 Pro headphones which have
replaceable earcups and cables, and are very durable.  They are ³closed² so
they do not leak out the music, and fully cover the ear, effectively
blocking out most of the gallery noise (which includes a very loud set of 30
televisions nearby).
After about 5 months (in a hidden part of the gallery with less guard
coverage), the coiled cables are a little stretched out and one ear in one
pair is cutting out occasionally.  Unfortunately not fixable by replacing
the cable or earcup so it will go out to be fixed.

So I can¹t say that the Sennheiser¹s are perfect, but they are comfortable,
nice looking, and sound great for the price:
http://www.google.com/products?q=sennheiser+hd+280+pro&aq=f



George Scharoun
New Media Specialist
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
617.369.3512 | gscharoun at mfa.org





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   1. (Event) Taxonomy for Personalization - January 6th Taxonomy
      Community of Practice Call (Rebecca Allen)
   2. Re: Headphones in exhibits (MParadis at Gallery.ca)
   3. ??RE:  Headphones in exhibits
      (Amalyah Keshet  [akeshet at imj.org.il])
   4. Re: ??RE:  Headphones in exhibits (MParadis at Gallery.ca)
   5. Press Release on Balboa Park Museums' Video Archiving
      Solution (Sunny Branson)


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Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 07:54:50 -0800
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Subject: [MCN-L] (Event) Taxonomy for Personalization - January 6th
 Taxonomy Community of Practice Call
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Invitation
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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 12:33:00 -0500
From: <MParadis at Gallery.ca>
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits
To: <mcn-l at mcn.edu>
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Hello Jason;

I can concur with Adam that the Audio Technica's are bullet proof.  We use
the ATH M30 because of price and the straight cable design.  Four years now
with no failures and not too expensive either.

Thanks,

Mark Paradis

Chief, Multimedia Services-Chef de services multim?dia

National Gallery of Canada, Mus?e des beaux-arts du Canada

380 Sussex Drive,Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4

ph. 613-990-1788, fx. 613-991-2680

cell 613-797-0558

-----Original Message-----
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] On Behalf Of Adam
Carrier
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:52 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello Jason:
We've found the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones to be pretty rugged.
We use them in our studios, and they're designed for professional
monitoring and mixing. They might be worth trying in your exhibit. They
are a bit expensive.

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/0edf909675b1be4d/index.html

There are straight and coiled cable versions.

Adam Carrier
Audiovisual Technician II
Digital Media & Exhibit Technology Department

The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia  23606
Phone (757) 952-0431
Fax (757) 591-7335
acarrier at MarinersMuseum.org

www.MarinersMuseum.org
America's National Maritime Museum

-----Original Message-----
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Jason Bondy
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:34 PM
To: 'Museum Computer Network Listserv'
Subject: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello,



This is more of an AV question, but since we all multitask anyway.



We have a music exhibit that has been up for a year and will be up
another
14 months.  Within the exhibit are five listening locations with
headphones.
With daily use (and abuse) we have gone through approximately 12 sets of
headphones since the exhibit opened.



I was wondering if anyone had some experience with decent quality
headphones
that are designed for heavy use.  Since it is a Rock and Roll exhibit,
we
aren't really looking for "library study carrel" style, although they
would
probably last longer!  They do need to be tough though, as we often have
large (100+) groups of 4th through 12th graders wandering through the
exhibit.



Thanks in advance!



Jason



_______________________________________________________

Jason Bondy

Exhibit AV/IT Systems

Oklahoma History Center

2401 N. Laird Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK  73105

405-522-0783 - Office

405-522-5402 - Fax

www.okhistory.org





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Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 19:59:13 +0200
From: "Amalyah Keshet  [akeshet at imj.org.il]" <akeshet at imj.org.il>
Subject: [MCN-L] ??RE:  Headphones in exhibits
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv <mcn-l at mcn.edu>
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"I can concur with Adam that the Audio Technica's are bullet proof."

Wow. What's going on at the National Gallery of Canada?!

________________________________________
?????: ??mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] ???
MParadis at Gallery.ca [MParadis at Gallery.ca]
??????: ????? ??? 04 ????? 2010 19:33
????: mcn-l at mcn.edu
??????: Re: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello Jason;

I can concur with Adam that the Audio Technica's are bullet proof.  We use
the ATH M30 because of price and the straight cable design.  Four years now
with no failures and not too expensive either.

Thanks,

Mark Paradis

Chief, Multimedia Services-Chef de services multim?dia

National Gallery of Canada, Mus?e des beaux-arts du Canada

380 Sussex Drive,Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4

ph. 613-990-1788, fx. 613-991-2680

cell 613-797-0558

-----Original Message-----
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] On Behalf Of Adam
Carrier
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:52 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello Jason:
We've found the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones to be pretty rugged.
We use them in our studios, and they're designed for professional
monitoring and mixing. They might be worth trying in your exhibit. They
are a bit expensive.

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/0edf909675b1be4d/index.html

There are straight and coiled cable versions.

Adam Carrier
Audiovisual Technician II
Digital Media & Exhibit Technology Department

The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia  23606
Phone (757) 952-0431
Fax (757) 591-7335
acarrier at MarinersMuseum.org

www.MarinersMuseum.org
America's National Maritime Museum

-----Original Message-----
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Jason Bondy
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:34 PM
To: 'Museum Computer Network Listserv'
Subject: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello,



This is more of an AV question, but since we all multitask anyway.



We have a music exhibit that has been up for a year and will be up
another
14 months.  Within the exhibit are five listening locations with
headphones.
With daily use (and abuse) we have gone through approximately 12 sets of
headphones since the exhibit opened.



I was wondering if anyone had some experience with decent quality
headphones
that are designed for heavy use.  Since it is a Rock and Roll exhibit,
we
aren't really looking for "library study carrel" style, although they
would
probably last longer!  They do need to be tough though, as we often have
large (100+) groups of 4th through 12th graders wandering through the
exhibit.



Thanks in advance!



Jason



_______________________________________________________

Jason Bondy

Exhibit AV/IT Systems

Oklahoma History Center

2401 N. Laird Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK  73105

405-522-0783 - Office

405-522-5402 - Fax

www.okhistory.org





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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 13:38:06 -0500
From: <MParadis at Gallery.ca>
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] ??RE:  Headphones in exhibits
To: <mcn-l at mcn.edu>
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Metaphorically Bullet Proof :-)

(none broken yet)

Mark Paradis

Chief, Multimedia Services-Chef de services multim?dia

National Gallery of Canada, Mus?e des beaux-arts du Canada

380 Sussex Drive,Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4

ph. 613-990-1788, fx. 613-991-2680

cell 613-797-0558

-----Original Message-----
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Amalyah Keshet [akeshet at imj.org.il]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 12:59 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: [MCN-L] ??RE: Headphones in exhibits

"I can concur with Adam that the Audio Technica's are bullet proof."

Wow. What's going on at the National Gallery of Canada?!

________________________________________
?????: ??mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] ???
MParadis at Gallery.ca [MParadis at Gallery.ca]
??????: ????? ??? 04 ????? 2010 19:33
????: mcn-l at mcn.edu
??????: Re: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello Jason;

I can concur with Adam that the Audio Technica's are bullet proof.  We use
the ATH M30 because of price and the straight cable design.  Four years now
with no failures and not too expensive either.

Thanks,

Mark Paradis

Chief, Multimedia Services-Chef de services multim?dia

National Gallery of Canada, Mus?e des beaux-arts du Canada

380 Sussex Drive,Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4

ph. 613-990-1788, fx. 613-991-2680

cell 613-797-0558

-----Original Message-----
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] On Behalf Of Adam
Carrier
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:52 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello Jason:
We've found the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones to be pretty rugged.
We use them in our studios, and they're designed for professional
monitoring and mixing. They might be worth trying in your exhibit. They
are a bit expensive.

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/0edf909675b1be4d/index.html

There are straight and coiled cable versions.

Adam Carrier
Audiovisual Technician II
Digital Media & Exhibit Technology Department

The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia  23606
Phone (757) 952-0431
Fax (757) 591-7335
acarrier at MarinersMuseum.org

www.MarinersMuseum.org
America's National Maritime Museum

-----Original Message-----
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Jason Bondy
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:34 PM
To: 'Museum Computer Network Listserv'
Subject: [MCN-L] Headphones in exhibits

Hello,



This is more of an AV question, but since we all multitask anyway.



We have a music exhibit that has been up for a year and will be up
another
14 months.  Within the exhibit are five listening locations with
headphones.
With daily use (and abuse) we have gone through approximately 12 sets of
headphones since the exhibit opened.



I was wondering if anyone had some experience with decent quality
headphones
that are designed for heavy use.  Since it is a Rock and Roll exhibit,
we
aren't really looking for "library study carrel" style, although they
would
probably last longer!  They do need to be tough though, as we often have
large (100+) groups of 4th through 12th graders wandering through the
exhibit.



Thanks in advance!



Jason



_______________________________________________________

Jason Bondy

Exhibit AV/IT Systems

Oklahoma History Center

2401 N. Laird Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK  73105

405-522-0783 - Office

405-522-5402 - Fax

www.okhistory.org





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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:51:57 -0700
From: "Sunny Branson" <sunny at wallstcom.com>
Subject: [MCN-L] Press Release on Balboa Park Museums' Video Archiving
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For Immediate Release

San Diego Museums Deploy Front Porch Digital's
SAMMA SoloT to Share Cultural Wealth

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - The 17 cultural institutions in San Diego's Balboa Park
together have deployed a single Front Porch Digital SAMMA SoloT to migrate
the content of their media collections from analog videotape to secure
digital storage. Ultimately, the project will not only preserve the media,
but also enable the museums to open their unique and irreplaceable archives
to virtual visitors via the Web. So far, some 700 of about 4,000 videotapes
have been processed, with subject matter ranging from test flights filmed in
the 1950s, to performances of African drumming, to Tony Hawk's feats of
skateboard derring-do.

Packaged in a compact, turnkey, single-stream solution, the SAMMA Solo
automatically migrates content from videotape into secure, readily
accessible digital files, monitoring the process and implementing quality
standards frame by frame. Balboa Park's SAMMA Solo simultaneously digitizes
content at real-time speeds into five formats: MXF-wrapped JPEG2000, high-
and low-resolution AVC, AdobeR FlashR, and QuickTimeR. The SAMMA Solo system
is run as many as 16 hours a day by two interns and three members of the
facilities' staff, none of them with technical backgrounds.

"We're pretty amazed at the speed and at how smoothly the process has gone,"
said Rich Cherry, director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative. "These
are smaller institutions that are very cost-conscious, so we did a careful
analysis of the ROI before we invested. What we found was that sharing the
SAMMA Solo makes the price per tape extremely low in comparison to any other
method we might have tried."

Overseen by the eight-month-old Online Collaborative, the project has
resulted in some unanticipated benefits. For example, the museums' current
archivists did not know exactly what was on every shelved tape because in
some cases they lacked the appropriate playback device for viewing it. Thus,
the digitization project has not only made content available, but also made
it identifiable. 

"It's not only large, well-heeled organizations such as broadcasters and
name-brand museums that have media worth saving," said Mike Knaisch, Front
Porch Digital president and CEO. "All over the world, there are smaller
cultural organizations with unique and valuable collections equally subject
to the ravages of time. As the Balboa Park institutions have discovered, the
SAMMA Solo is the most cost-effective means of preserving and making
accessible this priceless cultural record."

# # #

About The Balboa Park Online Collaborative
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative is a partnership of 17 museums,
performing arts, and science institutions located in San Diego's Balboa
Park, the largest urban cultural park in the United States. Formed in 2009,
the collaborative seeks to improve public access to the diverse institutions
and their collections through investments in software and infrastructure,
collaborative software and Web development, and training opportunities.

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating,
managing, and monetizing media content. Front Porch Digital's SAMMA product
line performs accelerated migration of media content from vulnerable analog
videotape to secure and readily accessible digital storage. Protected by
three U.S. patents, the company's DIVArchive content storage management
(CSM) solution creates a unified system of digital storage from ingest to
archive that is distinguished for superior functionality, scalability,
performance, and customer satisfaction. In DIVAsolo, Front Porch Digital has
combined the two technologies to form a cost-effective, end-to-end system
for preserving, managing, and repurposing media content. More information is
available at www.fpdigital.com.



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Wall Street Communications
Tel: +1 801 582-0581
E-mail: sunny at wallstcom.com

Web: www.wallstcom.com

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