When I go to a Jazz cabaret, the band plays @ one extremity of the room and the bar is @ the other end.
When I go to a Blues joint, the band plays @ one wall of the four walls, and the bar is behind.
When I go to a club to dance, the Reggae band plays in front, and the main entrance is behind me.
When I go to a hall for a Classical orchestral opera, or a ballet, or a classical orchestral music concert, the orchestra is on stage, upfront, and I'm somewhere in the hall on a certain row, below the main balcony. Behind me is the large main entrance, @ the sides are the hall walls, and above upfront are balconies, @ L&R.
When I go to a church, the organ is sometimes in the front, or in the rear, or @ the sides. The Choir (chorale, male, female, young, old) are in the front, or in the rear, or @ the sides. ...The main entrances are behind me.
When I go to a Theater, or to an Auditorium, or to a Coliseum, or an Amphitheater, or a Stadium, or an outdoors Dome, or a Forum, or ...
When I go home to listen to any music, the speakers are in front, three of them. ...And @ the sides, slightly behind. And my main two subs are in each front corner, almost.
What plays @ a public venue is a band (Rock, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Punk, New Wave, Alternative, Electronica, ...) or an orchestra or a singer, or an opera female soprano, or an opera male tenor, and all around me I hear reverbs, atmosphere, people coughing, drinking, bottles breaking, people talking, shouting, breathing, walls reflections, bass booming, noises of all kinds, high low level noise floor, ...
What plays @ home is my own environment (various rooms), and sometimes it's coming from all over in ways that are much better than @ a public venue, or it can come from one side, or the other, or from behind, in mono or stereo or in multichannel surround sound. ...But @ home is nothing like the Live experience, with the live musicians and live audience, except for those occasions where I do the same @ home; jamming with other musicians and having an audience (varies roughly from 10 to 20 @ my own place, to 50 people+ @ larger friend's mansions). ...I happen to be a musician (non-semi pro, occasionally jamming with pro musicians).
When I put my headphones on, I am in my own two ears world; and it can be mono, stereo, surround effects (HRT head transfiguration/transfer, ambisonic, QSound, ...), and I can be plugged into my own amp playing my own music guitar playing, or flute, ... or I can be plugged directly into one of my CD players, or a phono preamp/headamp, or one of my receivers, or integrated amp, or my BD/DVD player, or one of my computers, or tablet, or laptop, or iPod, or smartphone, or Mac, or MP3 player, or walkman, or discman, or ...
When I feel down and morose, I might do anyone of the above; be it Memorex Live, or music reproduction @ home from the zillion of music genres and mediums.
When I'm up and happy, I might be outside taking a walk by a creek down a mountain and listening to the birds of the forest,
with the cougars, the moose, the bears, the eagles, the zillion of wild animals through the various intensity winds flapping the leaves, and the rain falling down on them from way above in the sky of the universe; @ peace with myself and the rest of the world surrounding me from everywhere in all directions in a 3D 360° soundfield even from down below felling my footsteps walking along, climbing, and the ground tremors from the thunder @ a distant horizon.
Multichannel sounds are music to me in my heart and in my soul, and they are constantly present in my living life on earth, 24/7/365. ♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♫♪♫♪♪♫♪
Last edited by NorthSky; 08-14-2014 at 07:55 PM.