Evaluation-Recording my children’s performance has always been important to me. However, these recordings were always poor, as the sound recorded by my phone was always a fraction of my actual experience. Hooke Verses from Hooke Audio aims to solve the Problem. The Hooke Verse headset records binaural audio (2 channels) and offers the user a 3D sound experience. In testing, they were worlds better than my phone’s video/audio recordings with Mono audio (1 channel). The downside for me is that, like other hook-shaped in-ear headphones, they are uncomfortable, don’t fit my ears well, and fall off in motion.
What is it?
The Hooke Verse is a wireless in-ear (Bluetooth) headset that contains binaural microphones, one on the left side and one on the right side of the headset. The Hooke app allows the user to record 3D sound (binaural audio) either as an audio recording or as a video + audio recording with The Hooke Audio app.
What’s in the box?
- Jim Head binaural Dummy Head (the outer cardboard box has perforations to create a “dummy head” that can be used with the Hooke helmet
- if you do not want to wear the helmet) + instructions to create a “dummy head”
- An inner box contains the verse Hooke
- 3 pairs of memory foam tips
- 3x pair silicone tips
- 2x microphone windshield (black foam covers)
- Carrying cover
- 3D audio recording cable
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Type: Electret Capacitor
- Sensitivity: -32 dB + / -2 dB
- Direction: Omnidirectional
- SPL Max: 125 DB SPL (THD=105%)
- Hooke proprietary audio-16-bit 48kHz stereo Bluetooth codec recording
- .0043ms Latency
- Android / iOS compatible
- Frequency: 120MHz
- Sampling rate: 48kHz
- Bit Rate: 16 Bit
- Bluetooth: 5.0 (according to Hooke Audio website) or 4.1 (according to Hooke Audio user manual printed)
- Continuous 3D Audio recording: 8-9 hours
- Continuous Playback: 9-10 Hours
- Android Lollipop (Android 5.0) or higher with Bluetooth connection and Hooke audio app
- iPhone 6 or above (iOS 10.2 or above) with Bluetooth connection and Hooke Audio App
- DSLR cameras, mixing consoles, pro video/audio, computer, field recorder with Hooke recording cable included
- GoPro cameras (Hero 3 and above) with Hooke recording cable included
Design and functions
Hooke verses headphones look like other ear hook style in-ear headphones. They are made of white plastic and come with three sizes Of silicone tips and three sizes Of memory foam tips (small, medium and large). They are very light. On the left and right sides of the headset, opposite the earplugs, there are microphones.The right side of the headset contains the Hooke button (On/Off and is also The LED indicator), the Reset button (small hole) and the microphone on the opposite side of the silicone ear tip.
Fit: Hooke Verse headphones weren’t comfortable to wear and didn’t fit me very well, especially with my glasses, but that’s usually the cover with how all in-ear headphones fit me.
I realized that when I walked for a few minutes, each earpiece fell easily, and when I recorded, I was afraid to put it back in my ears because the recording microphones were outside the earplugs (the microphones recorded that I was pushing the earplugs into my ears). For me, this is a big design problem.
I also have long hair and wearing the headphones with the wire hanging behind my head makes putting on the headphones a tedious task and seems to exacerbate the “falling-out” problem. When I wear them with the thread hanging around my neck and under my chin, I feel like I’m choking. It would be nice to have a longer thread so that it can drape more comfortably in front of me.
I’m no audio expert, but listening to Audio or video and audio recordings created with The Hooke Verse and Hooke Audio app is a much more rewarding experience than listening to all my previous mono-channel (Mono) recordings. The sound is impressive. It really makes my recordings come to life.
My difficulty with the Hooke verse, however, is that they are a little cumbersome and take a little time to get them into my ears so they don’t fall out, turn them on, open the app, and then start recording (don’t expect to catch a fleeting moment). They are not very comfortable to wear and fall off way too easily while I move (even small movements cause them to fall off, and I made sure I wore them correctly and had the right type of earplugs for my ears). Wearing glasses and long hair seem to exacerbate this problem. Falling is a big deal, especially during recording, as the recording microphones are located on the ear cups – where you have to put the headphones back in your ears to prevent them from falling, thus recording the sound of your fingers moving on or around the microphones.