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Reference EN 60268-7:2011
Title Sound system equipment - Part 7: Headphones and earphones
Project Number 22000
Abstract/Scope IEC 60268-7:2010(E), is applicable to headphones, headsets, earphones and earsets, intended to be used on, or in, the human ear. It also applies to equipment, such as pre-amplifiers, passive networks and power supplies which form an integral part of the headphone system. It specifies the characteristics which should be included by the manufacturer in specifications, and relevant methods of measurement. It includes a classification of the different types of earphone, mainly characterized by the way in which the transducer is coupled acoustically to the ear, and a classification code which may also be used for marking. cancels and replaces the second edition published in 1996, and constitutes a technical revision. This edition contains the following changes: - clause/subclause renumbering in accordance with ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2; - addition of a measurement system using HATS; - addition of details on pinna simulators for high measurement reproducibility, see Annex A.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2011-03-18
Current Stage code deadline 2011-10-02
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IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 100
Reference Document IEC 60268-7:2010 (EQV)
ICS 33.160.50 - Accessories
Keywords Sound; Headphone; Earphone
Note Supersedes EN 60268-7:1996
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6060 2011-03-18 2011-10-02 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2011-01-02 2011-01-30  
5060 2009-11-30 2009-12-14 export to doc file  EN
5020 2009-09-25 2009-11-27  
3090 2009-05-29 2009-09-30  
5060 2009-02-16 2009-03-02 export to doc file  EN
5020 2008-09-12 2009-02-13  
1090 2008-09-08 2008-09-12  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2011-01-02
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2011-03-18
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2011-04-02
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2011-10-02
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2014-01-02


Supersedes EN 60268-7:1996
Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) IEC Guide 106:1996
ISO 3741:1999
ISO 4869-1:1990
ISO 4869-3:2007
ISO 7619-1:2010
EN 60038:2011
IEC 60050-801
EN 60068-1:1994
EN 60086-1:2007
IEC 60263:1982
HD 483.1 S2:1989
HD 483.2 S2:1993
HD 483.11 S3:1993
EN 60268-12:1995
HD 443 S1:1983
IEC/TR 60959:1990
EN 61672-1:2003

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