'Yanny' or 'laurel'? It depends on your speakers


While scientists debate over why we're all hearing different things from the same audio clip, check out how the rest of the internet is weighing in.

Even Houston Texans star JJ Watt joined in the debate tweeting, "Yanny vs. Laurel is starting some real fights".

Give it a listen.

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"I literally just turned all frequencies below 1khz to negative 70 decibels and I still hear 'laurel, '" someone said on Reddit.

Story analyzed the acoustic features of the words "Yanny" and "Laurel". "If you lose the high frequencies, the illusion goes away".

"We're not listening to an actual speaker - we're listening to manipulated speech, and that is a bit harder", he said.

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The cartoon characters, crafted to look like their users, are shouting the words heard in the clip.

For Kraus, the Northwestern professor who runs a laboratory on the biology of how humans process sound, it matters little how people interpret this single word in a poor-quality, idiosyncratic recording.

"If you turn the volume very low, there will be practically no bass and you will hear Yanny", a Reddit user wrote confidently.

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"Age can play a role, as well as expectations, Spoor said". He says it sounds like "Laurel". Amid the background noise, you're able to focus on what your dining partner is saying.