Binaural recordings are reproductions of sound the way human ears hear it. In fact, the word “binaural” literally just means “using both ears.” When you listen to a binaural recording through headphones, you perceive distinct and genuine 360° sound.
It’s the purest, most natural way to record and listen to music.
Binaural recordings are made using a special microphone that simulates a human head. Two microphones are built into its ear canals, which allow it to detect the location of sounds around it the same we do naturally.
When a binaural recording is played back through headphones, the listener hears exactly what the dummy head heard during the performance. Every nuance of where a sound is coming from is preserved (whether it’s in front, beside, above, below or behind you).
To be able to listen back to the recording and experience the three-dimensional sound, the left and right playback channels just have to go directly to our own left and right ears.
The easiest way to do that is to listen through headphones, and any brand or style will work (nothing fancy required!). Every time you pop on your headphones, you actually have the sensation of being transported back to the location of the recording, for an immersive listening experience.
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