Originally Posted by El_Doug
Anyone find the binaural severely lacking in this album? Not sure if it is this particular recording, or this new "Binaural+" headphone/speaker technique, but the spatial positioning is simply 90% not there. I bought Chesky's first binaural album (the percussion one) back when that was first released, and it had an incredible feel of being in the room with the musicians, truly amazing. This one, on the other hand, simply sounds like very good stereo, but still with a side/side image only.
Am I the only one disappointed with this? Am I the only one experiencing this!?
Don't get me wrong, the music is just as well recorded as always from Chesky, I'm just not getting the desired effect here. I do enjoy the various tunes, though!
I listened to a few of the samples on the page and I felt the same way. Good imaging, but everything felt a bit far away (from what I listened to, the singer on the first or second track was close up though, and the guitar was off to the left, so it sounded very unrealistic unless it was meant to show someone else playing the guitar, but this seems unnatural for a song like that in general to me)/distant, and echo-y..y'know?
Edit: I never heard the first one, but I was let down in the previews that I heard. Maybe my expectations were unrealistic but in a way so was the music. I was expecting to be surrounded by instruments playing music in an upfront, lively manner, but all I heard was an improved stereo soundstage that had good depth and was wider, making it feel a bit weird to me compared to what I'm used to. No extreme steps for music-lover kind IMHO. I'll go listen to the first one (Explorations In Space And Time) before I judge whether I even like binaural or if it just makes me feel awkward.
Edit 2: Are the online samples actually good enough though or do I need to buy it to get it all/absorb and take it in? Maybe I'll buy it just for the music (especially sicne there's a refular version).
Edited by jtaylor991 - 6/7/12 at 4:24pm