Originally Posted by ab initio
I think the wow-factor is much more obvious when you can instantly transition between binaural and non-binaural to really hear the difference. There's two ways to do that:
1) use a crossfeed DSP to simulate the effect of speakers. You can turn it on and off to get a sense of the difference between the two. I use b2sb in foobar and I jack the crossfeed level up to -2dB for a more satisfying effect.
2) Find a recording that has been recorded in using both binaural and standard methods. Then you could use the A/B switcher in Foobar's abx plugin to swap between the tracks and hear the difference. The only album of which I'm aware that has both a binaural and regular recordings of the same tracks is the "explorations in space and time" which is another Chesky offering in addition to SilverEar's suggestion.
i have an elvis disc with stereo, mono, and binaural takes on the same track (loving you). i prefer the binaural but to me it's mostly a fatigue thing not because i think it sounds so much better than stereo. i have a cowboy junkies (live at the ark) which was recorded in binaural...it's a fantastic recording, sounds amazing....but i'm not convinced that it sounds so much better than a normal recording would, especially with the careful application of good crossfeed. i have a couple chesky discs but i don't really like any of the music so it's not quite a fair comparison to me
i'm a big crossfeed believer, but i nearly always prefer a small amount rather than a lot (JRiver has 6 pre-configured levels, and i have b2sb for foobar as well)
i guess what i'm saying, is that to me binaural isn't really any different than a good crossfeed, the differences i notice are more fatigue related than WOW! factor, and due to the fact binaural sounds weird on hi-fi, i don't think it's a market worth pursuing
Edited by ferday - 4/25/14 at 11:59am