Originally Posted by B 26354
Sorry if, due to sheer ignorance, I'm completely mistaken here... but the reason why more audio recordings aren't made using binaural technology doesn't appear to be one of "cost", at all. According to what I read in the Wikipedia article you linked, binaural recordings are designed to be listened to exclusively
via headphones. The binaural recording technology's output does not translate to systems employing loudspeakers.
I don't doubt that the majority of those who read or have contributed to this particular thread, have (and enjoy) a set of high-end phones (myself included)... but I would also think that most of them would prefer listening to well-mastered audio via their loudspeaker systems, as opposed to their headphones -- or at the very least, have the ability to do so. The inability to do so would be enough to keep me from purchasing any binaural recording.
Again, if I'm completely off base here, I apologize... and will happily receive and appreciate any clarification offered.
First off I should have been more clear relating to the cost statement. What I meant is that for the number of people who would likely purchase a binaural recording, it would add cost to the already substantial expense of producing a standard stereo CD/LP of great sound quality.
The recording I mentioned by Amber Rubarth is
binaural but whether played through headphones or speakers I find it to be an excellent example of a well performed and recorded piece of music.
Personally I do
listen on headphones frequently. When listening that way I experience the 3D effect that a binaural recording produces. That said, Chesky is a pretty consistent label when it comes to releasing music and whether listening through speakers or headphones the "Sessions" recording by Amber Rubarth sounds exceptional.
As far as the "3D" binaural effect when listening through headphones, some love it others mot so much. If it is well done, as I hear it to be in this recording, I would highly recommend giving it a listen to decide for yourself if it is something you'd appreciate.
I believe this is the article that refers to the cost/difficulty of creating a binaural recording that sounds very good through both headphones and speakers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/researchanddevelopment/2013/03/listen-up-binaural-sound.shtml
If I misread it or came to the wrong conclusion I apologize.
This is Chesky's info/blurb on the Amber Rubarth "Sessions" page:
The Chesky Records Binaural+ recording technique, fit for both speakers and headphones, captures the timeless sound of musicians playing in great acoustic settings.