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post #9 of (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Reverb asks, “Will Immersive Audio Change the Future of Music?”

Originally Posted by jono View Post
I love the idea of this but I don't see (hear?) how this is going to work... Especially through headphones...

I watched the video of the guy with the beard and the glasses and I get the true left to right thing, but how can it model the up down and forwards backwards dimensions? There doesn't seem enough available "speakerage" in a pair of headphones... I certainly got a left/right idea with more echo but none of the videos seemed to have overhead noise, or front/back noise, things were very much left/right...

Most of the folks I see are still using the standard headphones that come with their phone, or have upgraded to some that look like they're from 1980 I'm using the ones from the original packaging of my phone I think, or direct replacements.

I think the biggest issue that will be faced will be convincing people to upgrade hardware, unless it becomes cheap enough to be the only choice! Most folks I know still use the standard speakers in their TV, they're happy to drive a Porsche or an Alfa Romeo, but they're not going to want to pay extra for new speakers. It might be a generational thing, or a British thing, or a grumpy old man thing...
To some degree, the original question presents a Catch 22: we can’t predict the future of music or what it might sound like when played back in “immersive formats” we are not very familiar with. To get out of this Catch 22, we have to trust the people who are familiar with “immersive formats.” You can assume they work. Whether they can be musically useful is the question at hand. I think it depends on the style of music. As for upgrading hardware, I’m fairly confident no one will need new audio equipment tomorrow because everything related to recorded music is changing. This is not really about innovation using new technology. It is more about creating something worth listening to using old but highly refined technology.
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