sitting in the best seat in the concert hall.
Harvey Fletcher in the SMPTE Journal Vol. 61,September 1953.The binaural experience is striking, and requiresno special equipment besides stereo headphonesand binaural recordings. While binaural doesn'tdepend on the highest fidelity to achieve itsamazing realism, the better the playback equipment and headphones, the better will be thesound. On the other hand, the simplest ear-budsand a portable CD player can provide plenty of binaural thrills! The listener is placed exactlywhere the performance or sound originated, withsounds localized in a 360-degree sphere aroundone. The live ambience of the hall in which amusical performance takes place is preservedmore precisely than with an expensive multi-speaker surround sound system. All modern binaural recordings are compatiblefor loudspeaker playback, but unless you turn thespeakers in and sit between them, you will losemost of the pin-point localization. However, whenplayed through a matrix surround decoder andmulti-loudspeakers, most binaural recordings willbe found to provide a more natural surroundsoundfield than specially-encoded musicsurround CDs. This is due to the very clean phase(L-R) information that they preserve betweentheir two discrete channels.
Uh huh. Sounds to me like another new record industry marketing ploy, such as New Orthopedic Sound or 34D Stereo...
Not so. In fact Binaural is really much older thanstereo and even follows the phonograph by onlyfour years! It was first used in transmission of opera from the stage of the Paris Opera House in1881. Inventor Clement Ader used pairs of carbontelephone transmitters across the stage, mixeddown to two separate telephone lines going to thehomes of subscribers. They had to have two
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