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How do you differentiate between soundstage width and depth and accurate imaging?

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by Tacanacy, May 26, 2017.
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  1. gregorio
    The new Dolby Headphone surround is designed for Dolby Atmos, where the exact positioning of some of the sounds in the mix are precisely defined, which allows (in theory) for a more precise application of binaural principles to the fold-down. It is also backwards compatible, so it will also work with a 5.1/7.1 mix, although less precisely. So yes, it should sound significantly different to a straight stereo fold-down (which doesn't have any binaural principles applied). The caveat is of course that it's applying general binaural principles, rather than the binaural principles specific to each individual user, so it can be rather hit or miss depending on the material and individual listener and, if it's being fed a 5.1/7.1 mix it's probably not significantly better than other software that does this.

    To get the best out of it, would require having a Dolby Headphone encoder and decoder in the monitoring chain and then creating a Dolby Atmos mix using this monitoring chain. As far as I'm aware, no one is doing this, they're creating a single Dolby Atmos mix (using a Dolby Atmos speaker setup) and then feeding the resultant mix to the Dolby headphone encoder to do it's thing, rather than creating a dedicated mix.

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