TheGrumpyOldMan, I just bought Up Close the other day and it arrived today. When I listened to it on Zune (which is 192kbps WMA mind you) it didn't seem that bad, but listening to a few track snow I see it, te lack of frontal staging. I'd personally blame this on the fact that maybe they weren't, um, in front of the head? Who knows, but it enveloped me in the music and took me to another world, which was what I wanted, so I bought it. Hopefully FLAC of it sounds even better :)
Hopefully I find more good binaural albums too, as I love music that envelops me with amazing soundscapes and can take me to another world. This is why I really liek certain types of electronic music too, it's pretty cool. Sample based electronic can also give you a taste of everything: acoustic/folk simple style; funky vocal samples and oddball drum beats; deep and soulful and/or sampled vocals that say things that make you really think or imagine; engaging and powerful.
If you look at one of the corresponding YouTube videos you can see that they go all around... it really seems to be something with binaural recordings and perhaps the fact that we can't re-orient our head relative to the music to get a better sense of location?
I just like to imagine that I'm sitting on a balcony on a nice evening in Spain, and the guys are jamming in the room behind me The music is, as always, excellent anyway.
Edited by TheGrumpyOldMan - 9/9/12 at 1:20am