Originally Posted by like.no.other.
Too much wall of text for me to follow along but how did you make it to 8.4? Did you double
up the speaker wire on one binding post or what? I always wanted to get that more than
the normal speaker arrangements. Plus, I know this is a stupid question but is it matrix
sound or playing mono on 2 speakers?
I haven't actually "done" anything yet besides research. The original thread was trying to think up a better surround format to beat todays sound formats. The problem with the sound formats today is that they don't convey the height of a sound source very well. They are pretty much limited to a disk of sound which they can't go above or below. The orange disk represents the height that all sounds seem to come from with current surround sound.
I originally thought about 8.4 surround where there would be speakers above and below the listener to give a much better sense of the height of sound. This would be a very easy solution.
But then someone talked about how you also need to have proximity of sound. Speakers across the room can't emulate something whizzing past your ear like headphones can. One solution would be to just have more speakers closer to the ear for those times when a sound is supposed to be closed to you, but that just wouldn't be the same as it actually being there. That's when I came up with the idea of a headphone surround type thing. This is how my headphone surround would work:(this is the part you should read)
1. During recording, microphones are placed next to each sound source and the position of the microphone is recorded.
2. All the microphones have their own discrete channel, so each instrument has their own mono track (instead of each speaker like with today's surround sound)
3. During playback, the listener wears headphones with gyroscopes and IR to track the location and rotation of the person's head.
4. Using the position and rotation of the person's head, a computer calculates in realtime what each ear would be hearing of the different mono tracks (the farther away the ear, the longer the delay and the quieter the sound and vice versa)
5. The processed audio is amplified and sent to the headphones.
Basically the sound sources are like virtual speakers, and there can be as many of them as the computer can handle. Since we only have two ears, the computer can give positional audio with just the two speakers in headphones using binaural imaging, and there is no way to tell the difference.
This doesn't exist yet, but you can try listening to some binaural audio for the next best thing. (binaural audio is recorded differently than normal stereo audio and is meant for headphones)