SoundExpert belongs to internet resources usually called Distributed Human Projects. They help to combine tiny efforts of millions of people for solving extremely complicated problems. Most known distributed projects are:
- SETI@home – Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by means of internet-connected computers of ordinary users; pioneer of distributed computing
- DarwinTunes - modeling cultural evolution by means of mutations and selection of music samples.
- fightAIDS@home – designing new drugs to fight AIDS
- distributed.net – cracking data encryption schemes
- DIMES – studying the structure and topology of the internet
- DMOZ – building the most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web
- Wikipedia – collaborative project to produce a complete encyclopedia; a good place to start learning about distributed computing - List of distributed computing projects on Wikipedia
- FreeDB - database that stores meta data about music CDs; anyone can contribute information about new CDs
- P2P – peer-to-peer networks can also be considered as distributed human/computing systems; they help to establish very efficient distribution of any digital content over the internet by sharing storage capacities and bandwidth of connected computers
- … more details about these and many other distributed projects can be found at distributedcomputing.info and volunteerathome.com
SoundExpert, in this sense, helps to unite hearing abilities of millions of people for evaluating perceived audio quality of various sound equipment and technologies.
- Unbiased audio quality ratings of different devices and technologies.
- Blind testing with automatic "unblind" mechanism.
- Nine specially selected sound excerpts represent all basic types of audio content - from voice and lo-fi tape recordings to hi-end instrumental and classical music.
- Easy testing. Just listen and compare two samples.
- Easy adding of new devices for testing. Your suggestions accepted.
- Random and uniform distribution of test files for all devices under test.
- Easy downloading of listening test files through http.
- Any OS friendly. All you need is to unpack zip-archive and listen wav-file.