Monday, 27 May, 2019

Which do you hear? "Laurel vs. Yanny" debate divides the Internet

5_15_yanny_laurel Is This Voice Saying 'Yanny' or 'Laurel?'
Adrian Cunningham | 16 May, 2018, 11:15

This is a clear victory for Team Yanny but still doesn't answer the question of what the hell is going on here.

Some people have generously manipulated the audio to change what word you'll hear.

It has to do with the bass frequencies not being perceived as loud at lower volumes.

If the volume is turned down low, there's a higher chance one might hear "yanny" because the bass is not as prominent. "However, your brain can't handle both at once, so it picks one and that is the version you hear".

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I, for instance, correctly hear "Laurel", spoken in a deep male voice with the diction of a seasoned radio announcer.

Yes, the internet's latest debate is all about Yanny versus Laurel and a four-second audio clip. "And the higher frequencies say "Yanny". Several users have pointed out that they hear things differently depending on the speakers through which they hear it - laptop, mobile, or headphones.

First of all, the clip is, according to Sanker "not prototypical" of either laurel or yanny. We checked Twitter, and people across the world are torn on the issue. We tested this out, and we still only hear "laurel" on both mobile and desktop.

The audio illusion drew comparisons to the great dress debate of 2015. The voice appears to be saying one word, and no one can agree if it's saying "laurel" or "yanny".