<cue theremin> I have the exact same reaction nearly every time I hear the beginning of a particular track by Fila Brazilia over my Sony MDR-V6's.It's "Feathery Legs" from their Power Clown album, and after the (hysterical) opening dialogue, there's a police siren that pans from channel to channel, and if I'm standing in a room with open windows, I *always* look at the windows, even though I *know* the siren is in the recording.
I thought "studio headphones" were different somehow in the way that studio monitors were different from ..uh...regular listening speakers?
I guess i'm coming from a place where i want things to sound as close to real as i can get. When i'm listening to music i want to be sonicly fooled that i'm there.
I'm always thinking that headphones ought to be able to give you a surround effect.
I've listened to some binarual tracks that sounded really interesting and i think that has a lot of potential for that, but it always feels so nearfield. I have noticed that headphones do probably give me an idea of what telepathy would feel like though. :")
No kind of speaker setup can beat that experience for its accurate three-dimensional reproduction of the sound stage (exept maybe holophony, which isn't very common for home application )
Yes, with speakers I can tell that this instrument is directly in the front or that instrument is slightly more to the right and so on... that's impossible for me if I listen to the same track with headphones, then the band is just inside my head.
Quote from: BearcatSandor on 03 November, 2010, 10:42:26 AMI thought "studio headphones" were different somehow in the way that studio monitors were different from ..uh...regular listening speakers?IME neither studio speakers no studio headphones are necessrily that different from other good speakers.
I do get that with binaural recordings, including sounds that stage as above or behind me. As you said, they are pretty rare.
(re: binaural)On the other hand, home playback never can reach the spatial impression of the genuine event.
In the case of dramatic recordings, it can be better than the original event if that means sitting in the audience with all the action on stage. The dummy head can put you in the position of one of the characters, and the setting might change from office to restaurant to city street to whatever. If someone whispers in the character's ear, or a door shuts behind him, that's where you hear it.If the dummy head is in the audience at a concert trying to give you that spatial sense, then there is at least the possibility of going to the concert and getting those clues directly, with visual reinforcement.