By spatial audio do you mean home theatre systems?WHF seems all excited about spatial audio, mostly coming out of little smart speakers. Am I the only one who doesn't really care? Does this make me an old fashioned, 2-channel audio stick in the mud?
Dolby Atmos, I guess? Apple is all fired up about it. I tried it on my workout earphones (Beats) and turned it off. When you move your head, the music moves around your head. Very exciting, I'm sure. I'm not sure what it adds to a nice system with a great soundstage and localization. But maybe I am just old and boring.By spatial audio do you mean home theatre systems?
I know nothing about Atmos apart from its use in home cinema and don't own any Apple products so perhaps I am old and boring also....Dolby Atmos, I guess? Apple is all fired up about it. I tried it on my workout earphones (Beats) and turned it off. When you move your head, the music moves around your head. Very exciting, I'm sure. I'm not sure what it adds to a nice system with a great soundstage and localization. But maybe I am just old and boring.
I've a few Atmos audio bluray discs and, bluntly, they are amongst the best sounding things I've ever heard. The Booka Shade album "Dear Future Self", and Yello's "Point" are utterly astonishing sounding discs. But it's not just Atmos releases. The recent Doobie Brothers Quadio re-issues of the original quad albums from the 1970s on bluray, well my gob was smacked. Indeed lots of the recent quad re-issues on bluray or SACD finally, some 50 years on from their original recording, demonstrate just how good quadraphonic recordings were - see for example the Dutton Vocalion releases of Art Garfunkel's "Breakaway" or the Isao Tomita albums, which blow away the stereo versions. But it's also things like the Steven Wilson remixes of the XTC and Yes albums as well. Look, I doubt I'll convince anyone of how good they are. And my days of evangelising about how good music mixed with surround in mind sounds are long, long over. If it's not for you, it's not for you.
You are right in that the bog standard stereo system of old is not of interest to many of today's youth. If it doesn't stream or have an integrated dac along with Bluetooth connectivity etc it isn't worth buying..... Well to them anyway.I guess my issue isn't so much surround sound or quad or Atmos or whatever, as much as "how excited should I be getting about this technology if it seems to be designed for cute little smart speakers, rather than proper hi-fi systems?" It just seems like the focus is out of place.
what??These silly little speakers will never me the sound i want i know that . O r the music i realy want too listen too without the Adverts and so on .