Quadraphonic Reissues: A Brief History & Collector’s Guide
One of the most interesting trends in the audiophile world over these last several years has undoubtedly been the celebration and reissue of quadraphonic music from the 1970s. We break down the availability of these classic quad mixes on modern media.
Spatial Audio Highlights: May 2023
To mark the beginning of a recurring column, we analyze the best new spatial audio tracks released through the streaming services each month.
Various Artists - Concert For George - Dolby Atmos
This 2002 tribute concert for George Harrison receives the Dolby Atmos immersive treatment on an audio-only Blu-ray disc.
Coming Soon In 2023: Immersive Music Preview
We delve into twenty-three of 2023’s upcoming immersive music releases, both confirmed and rumored.
Coming Soon In Dolby Atmos: ABC’s The Lexicon of Love
Steven Wilson works his multichannel magic on yet another early-80s classic, due for release on Blu-Ray in August 2023.
Q&A with Mert Özcan: Dolby Atmos Mix Engineer
Mert Özcan is a Los Angeles-based based recording & mix engineer and co-founder of The Record House. He’s also among the first to explore Dolby Atmos music creation, having just begun to work in the format at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories - Dolby Atmos
In honor of its tenth anniversary, one of the biggest albums of the 2010s receives an incredible new Dolby Atmos mix.
The Top 10 Immersive Singles On Apple Music (Round 3)
Nearly two years into the launch of Apple Music’s Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, the catalog is unrivaled and continues to grow at a breakneck pace.
Lori Lieberman - Ready For The Storm - 5.1 Surround Sound
"Ready For The Storm" is American singer-songwriter Lori Lieberman 17th studio album and the third to receive an immersive release, following 2014’s "Bricks Against The Glass" in 5.1 surround sound and 2022’s "Truly" in Dolby Atmos.
Open Letter: The Case For Hi-Res Dolby Atmos Digital Downloads
We argue the merits of issuing new immersive releases as hi-resolution digital files, offering listeners the opportunity to permanently own a high-quality copy of the music while also saving labels on the authoring, manufacturing, and distribution fees associated with physical media.
Franco Mussida - The Planet of Music and the Journey of Iòtu - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
Legendary Italian guitarist Franco Mussida has just released his new solo album - The Planet of Music and the Journey of Iòtu - in 5.1 surround sound & Dolby Atmos.
Mr. Big - Mr. Big - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
To celebrate its 34th anniversary, the California hair metal band’s self-titled debut finally gets the deluxe treatment with new 5.1 surround sound & Dolby Atmos mixes.
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
To celebrate the seminal progressive rock album’s 50th anniversary, a brand new box set has been released featuring 5.1 surround sound & Dolby Atmos remixes.
New from Pure Audio Recordings: Rodriguez Jr.’s “BLISSS” in Dolby Atmos
We continue our partnership with Pure Audio Recordings to bring a special album promotion to audiophile fans.
Ten Years After - A Space In Time - 4.0, 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
Entry #7 in SuperDeluxeEdition’s ‘Surround Sound Series’ celebrates the British’s blues-rock band’s 1971 classic - perhaps best known for the hit single “I’d Love To Change The World” - with three unique immersive mixes.
Digital Music Distribution For Emerging Immersive Artists
Producing and distributing immersive audio can often feel like a difficult task for emerging artists, but many continue to experiment with the new technology and seek to distribute in the highest possible quality
Van Morrison - Moondance - Dolby Atmos
Van The Man’s 1970 classic gets an immersive upgrade from none other than Steven Wilson.
Tech Review: Emotiva RMC-1 16-Channel Processor
Emotiva’s new high-end processor delivers the very best at-home experience Dolby Atmos can offer.
Joni Mitchell - The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) - Dolby Atmos
The iconic singer-songwriter’s classic mid-70s run – including hit songs such as "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio," “Help Me,” and “Free Man In Paris” – finally gets the immersive treatment.
The Church - The Hypnogogue - Dolby Atmos
Five decades into their career and nearly five years since the release of the last studio album, the Australian indie rock icons are back with some of their most experimental and innovative music to date.
Yes - The Quest - 5.1 Surround Sound
The Quest is a significant album in Yes' storied career for several reasons, perhaps most notably that it’s the first not to feature bassist and founding member Chris Squire (who tragically passed away at the age of 67 in 2015).
Barclay James Harvest - Once Again - 4.0 & 5.1 Surround Sound
The British progressive rock band’s second studio album receives an elaborate new reissue containing new stereo & 5.1 mixes from Stephen W Tayler, as well as the rare 1972 quadraphonic version.
What Is The Difference Between High-Resolution Audio And Standard-Resolution Audio?
“High-Resolution” is one of those terms that we often read in marketing material or ads, but what does it actually mean?
Orbital - Optical Delusion - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
SuperDeluxeEdition.com’s acclaimed series of limited edition Blu-Ray discs continues with Orbital’s long awaited tenth studio album.
Tech Review: Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar
This Yamaha soundbar has hit the market with a relatively modest price point and impressive sound, owing largely to the wireless subwoofer that comes with the product.
Tech Review: Samsung Q950A Home Theater Soundbar
Using the most recent acoustic technology, Samsung’s latest soundbar allows you to experience genuine 3D audio with sound perfectly projected from above, in front, behind, and to your side.
Katatonia - Sky Void Of Stars - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
The Swedish masters of prog-metal are back with a new label and fantastic 12th studio album. The deluxe edition includes a Blu-Ray disc with 5.1 Surround & Dolby Atmos mixes from The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord.
Dolby Atmos FAQ: Background, Setup & Mixing Tips
Dolby Atmos has taken the music industry by storm, but there is a learning curve to understanding and working effectively with the format.
Tech Review: Razer Leviathan V2 Pro
Razer announced its new Leviathan V2 Pro model at CES 2023, The exciting new technology uses head-tracking technology to create a wider soundstage and provide a more immersive experience for users.
Winners Announced: 2023 Immersive Audio Album Listeners’ Choice Awards
Voting has now closed. Find out who the Best Immersive Audio Album winners are!
Open Letter To The Grammy Committee: 2023 Immersive Audio Nominees
This year’s nominee list for Best Immersive Audio Album confirms a remarkable disconnect between the fanbase and voters.
Catch A Corner - Cinque - Dolby Atmos
Over a decade after its initial release, the jazz supergroup’s 2011 studio album receives a fantastic new remix in Dolby Atmos.
New from Pure Audio Recordings: Max Cooper’s “Unspoken Words” in Dolby Atmos
We continue our partnership with Pure Audio Recordings to bring a new album promotion to audiophile fans.
Is Spotify HiFi Worth It? When Will We See Spotify’s HiFi Platform?
Spotify is the biggest streaming platform out there and undeniably a household name, but – when it comes to HiFi and CD-quality streaming – they’re actually lagging behind a little.
Renaissance - Azure D’Or - 5.1 Surround Sound
Renaissance’s ninth studio album is the most recent work to receive the deluxe treatment with new stereo & 5.1 remixes. This classic album is their first to feature shorter, more accessible rock songs, and it is given new life with this reissue.
Q&A with Richard Whittaker: Dolby Atmos Mix Engineer & Audio Specialist
Having previously helmed the 5.1 surround mixes of The Who’s Quadrophenia and Tommy, Richard Whittaker has just remixed Traffic’s classic 1971 album The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys in Dolby Atmos.
2023 Immersive Audio Album Listeners’ Choice Awards
The 3rd edition of our annual Listeners’ Choice Awards is here! In appreciation of the best immersive audio albums from 2021-2022, we’ve introduced a new development this year - two categories to recognize success in both streaming and physical formats.
Frank Zappa - Waka/Wazoo - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
This new deluxe reissue covering Frank Zappa’s 1972 ‘electric orchestra’ period features amazing new 5.1 Surround & Dolby Atmos remixes of the studio albums Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo.
Tech Review: LG SN11RG Dolby Atmos Soundbar
LG’s soundbars have come a long way in recent years. The LG SN11RG is from their 2020 releases and provides you with Dolby Atmos support and a quality...
One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv - Alan Parsons - 5.1 Surround Sound
The Alan Parsons Live Project performs in concert with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and they deliver a beautifully mixed and performed live album.
Remember The Audio - Monkey House - Dolby Atmos
The Canadian jazz-rockers enter the immersive scene with a phenomenal new Dolby Atmos mix.
Tech Preview: The Top 3 Receivers For 2023
With Denon having just announced a new line of AVR models for next year equipped with exciting new features, home theater enthusiasts may be in the market for an upgrade.
The Top Ten 5.1 Surround Albums
We know, lists like this can be a little tough to swallow. There is always a matter of opinion, and no one can definitively say what the best 5.1 surround sound albums are with absolute certainty.
Why Does Hi-Res Audio Matter?
"High-Resolution" is becoming one of those buzzwords in the world of audio. It seems like every big streaming service is trying to increase the resolution of their service, and that can only be a good thing. However, how many people actually understand Hi-Res audio?
FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE - Brian Eno - Dolby Atmos
The fifth entry in SuperDeluxeEdition.com’s “Surround Sound Series” is Brian Eno’s first vocal album in nearly two decades.
Summer Shall Not Fade - Big Big Train - 5.1 Surround Sound
The British progressive rock band’s fourth live release is an immersive tour-de-force and showcase for the late David Longdon.
Tech Review: Rode NT-FS1 Soundfield Microphone
Rode’s new ambisonic mic captures 3D sound with ease, offering limitless possibilities for virtual reality, sound design, and other applications in the audio/video entertainment industry.
Hormonally Yours - Shakespears Sister - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
The duo’s classic 1992 album gets the 30th anniversary treatment, with new 5.1 & Dolby Atmos immersive mixes available on Blu-Ray disc from SuperDeluxeEdition.com
How To Listen To Dolby Atmos Digital Downloads
Much like 5.1 surround, there are a number of different codecs and file containers used to deliver Dolby Atmos content to consumers.
Europe '72 - The Grateful Dead - Dolby Atmos
The Dead’s classic triple live LP celebrates its 50th anniversary with an amazing new remix in Dolby Atmos.
Review: Polk Audio Monitor XT90 Height Speakers
Like many other speaker brands, Polk Audio is evolving to suit the consumer demand for Dolby Atmos-certified equipment.
Pure Audio Recordings: Immersive Music On Blu-Ray
Pure Audio continues to champion high-resolution immersive music on disc, despite the growing popularity of streaming.
Animals (2018 Remix) - Pink Floyd - 5.1 Surround Sound
Pink Floyd’s long-awaited 2018 remix of their classic 1977 album finally reaches the fans. The centerpiece of the reissue is an incredible new 5.1 mix from longtime Floyd collaborator James Guthrie.
Q&A with Ryan Ulyate: Award-Winning Producer & Immersive Mix Engineer
Having previously helmed the Atmos mixes of Wildflowers & All The Rest and Angel Dream, Ryan Ulyate has just reimagined Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers classic 1993 Greatest Hits compilation in immersive audio.
Review: Kali Audio IN-5-C Active Coincident Monitors
The California-based speaker manufacturer’s affordable new monitors are the perfect building blocks for a professional Dolby Atmos system.
Exposure (Fourth Edition) - Robert Fripp - 5.1 Surround Sound
The King Crimson founder’s 1979 debut solo album - featuring contributions from Daryl Hall, Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel, and others - receives new remixes in stereo & 5.1 courtesy of longtime collaborator Steven Wilson.
Rage In Eden 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - Ultravox - 5.1 Surround Sound
Steven Wilson brings the new wave icons’ 1981 gold-certified classic into the third dimension.
Involve Audio: Australian Tech Pioneers Revisit & Improve Quadraphonic Sound
Though perhaps not as visible as audio giants like Dolby or DTS, Involve Audio’s unique series of mid-fi, easy-to-use immersive products deserve more recognition in the audiophile world.
How To Get Started With Surround Music
An informative guide for new users to experience the amazing new paradigm of immersive music.
Live In Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour - Stevie Nicks - 5.1 Surround Sound
Stevie Nicks’ live souvenir of her most recent solo tour stuns in 5.1 surround. Songs both classic and recent are given new life on stage.
Q&A with Will Kennedy & Matt Wallace: Grammy Award-Winning Immersive Mixing Team
Based out of their custom-built Studio Delux Immersive, Will Kennedy and Matt Wallace have already created Atmos mixes for the likes of Faith No More, Maroon 5, The B-52s, Jason Mraz, and more.
Holidays In Eden Deluxe Edition - Marillion - 5.1 Surround Sound
The second iteration of Marillion’s sophomore album receives new stereo & 5.1 remixes courtesy of Stephen W Tayler.
X Marks The Site: An Interactive Guide To The Hunt
In collaboration with A Bad Think, IAA is proud to present a series of interactive challenges made by audiophiles for audiophiles.
Review: Sony HT-A9 Wireless Surround Sound System
With so many new immersive systems entering the market, big brands like Sony or Dolby are trying to compete against one another in new and innovative ways.
Review: Sony STR-DH790 A/V Receiver
Sony’s latest AV receiver is more than powerful enough for most home theater cinema rooms, and provides you with a modern set of features that doesn’t break the bank.
The Top Immersive Music Picks For 2022: Grammy Contenders List
As awards season draws to a close, we compiled a list of the most talked about albums in immersive audio from 2021-2022. The following titles may end up being contenders for this year’s Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album.
Q&A with Frank Filipetti: Grammy Award-winning Producer and Immersive Mix Engineer
Longtime 5.1 advocate Frank Filipetti has embraced Dolby Atmos and mixed much of George Michael’s classic material in the immersive format.
From The New World - Alan Parsons - 5.1 Surround Sound
Alan Parsons returns with a new studio album, and it just may be his best solo album.
American Beauty - The Grateful Dead - Dolby Atmos
The Dead’s 50-year-old classic receives an Atmos upgrade from immersive mixing wizard Steven Wilson.
Building A 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos System On A Budget
Are you already set up for 5.1 or 7.1 surround? Frustrated at the prospect of having to spend upwards of $3,000 to upgrade to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos? Fortunately, there is a more cost-effective DIY solution.
Currents - Alan Williams - 5.1 Surround Sound
The Birdsong At Morning frontman returns to the limelight with another fantastic solo album in 5.1 surround.
X - A Bad Think - Dolby Atmos
Just over a year after the release of Lifelike, Michael Marquart returns with another strong set of songs presented in a fabulous immersive mix.
Q&A with Nathaniel Reichman: Grammy Award-Winning Immersive Mix Engineer
Based out of New York’s Dubway Studios, Nathaniel Reichman is innovating in the realm of immersive audio for both music and film.
The Top Immersive Gear Picks For 2022
Immersive sound is here to stay, and manufacturers have been quick to provide a number of affordable options at the consumer level.
Recap: 2022 MixNYC Immersive Music Production Conference
On August 6, Mix magazine held an all-day, in-person event focused on immersive music inside New York City's legendary BerkleeNYC/Power Station Studios.
Review: Vizio Elevate Soundbar
Vizio’s Elevate Soundbar is more than just a soundbar - it’s a whole system. Two satellite speakers and a subwoofer are included to instantly level up your home theater.
Coming Soon To IAA: A Bad Think’s X
A retrospective look at Michael Marquart’s prior two immersive releases, in anticipation of his next.
Q&A with Chuck Ainlay: Grammy Award-winning Producer and Immersive Mix Engineer
Chuck Ainlay's acclaimed engineering career has spanned a three-decade period, allowing him to develop a diverse list of clients that ranges from George Strait to Dire Straits.
The Top 10 Immersive Singles On Apple Music (Round 2)
Over a year has passed since the launch of Spatial Audio, so we’ve come out with an updated list of the best demonstration-quality surround tracks on the service.
Can’t Get It Out Of My Head - Mary Fahl - 5.1 Surround Sound
The From The Dark Side Of The Moon singer returns with a series of eclectic covers, once again in 5.1 surround sound.
Review: Monoprice 5.1.4 Immersive Home Theater System
The Monoprice 5.1.4 system definitely merits some attention, in spite of the fact that it falls under the budget audio equipment category.
Coming Soon To IAA: “Currents” By Alan Williams
A retrospective look at the Birdsong At Morning frontman’s prior three 5.1 surround releases, in anticipation of his next solo release.
Q&A with Steven Wilson: Musician, Producer & Grammy Award-Winning Immersive Mix Engineer
Often referred to as “the most famous artist you’ve never heard of,” Steven Wilson continues to break boundaries and defy expectations in his quest to transcend genre.
Review: JBL BAR 9.1 True Wireless Surround with Dolby Atmos
While JBL is no newcomer to the audio scene, the JBL Bar 9.1 was their first foray into Atmos support. The soundbar’s design is sleek and easy to set up, but how does it sound?
Q&A with Bruce Soord: Pineapple Thief Frontman & Immersive Mix Engineer
Hailed as a “post-progressive mastermind,” Bruce Soord is the frontman and creative force behind British experimental rock outfit The Pineapple Thief.
Closure/Continuation - Porcupine Tree - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
The “most important rock band you’ve never heard of” returns with their first studio album in over a decade.
How To Play Dolby Atmos on Your PC
With so many devices now supporting Dolby Atmos, and a huge amount of content being released in the immersive format, audiophiles are eager to explore the new Atmos offerings.
Logitech z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
Logitech is not a brand that is going to get audiophiles’ pulses racing at a mere mention. The electronics brand has long been associated with computer peripherals...
Review: The LG Dolby Atmos Sound Bar
Typically Dolby Atmos or Surround Sound systems conjure images of large home theatres or vast living rooms.
Dolby Audio On Apple Music: Five Standout Albums
In addition to brand-new Dolby Atmos remixes, Apple Music has also begun to quietly showcase digital transfers of nearly five-decade-old quadraphonic masters.
The Heart Is Strange - xPropaganda - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
The second limited-run immersive Blu-Ray release from SDE continues the ‘80s synth-pop revival, complete with 5.1 surround & Dolby Atmos mixes.
Multi-Channel Playback On Linux
Tired of or annoyed by Windows? Got an old PC that you want to revive as a media player? Linux is a full-fledged, stable operating system that's free.
Give It Back - The Pineapple Thief - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
Issued in the midst of their 2022 Versions Of The Truth tour, The Pineapple Thief’s latest studio release revisits older material in a fresh new light.
Where to Find FLAC Music
FLAC music is desirable for audiophiles: it's not lossy and preserves all the detail the artist intended.
Immersive Audio Album 10% Off Spring Sale
IAA is excited to offer a limited-time promotion, in which several products will be available for 10% off list price.
Q&A with Mills Logan: Immersive Mix Engineer
Mills Logan is at the forefront of Dolby Atmos music production, having mixed over six hundred songs in the format from his Mix Mill studio in Nashville.
Benefit 50th Anniversary Edition - Jethro Tull - 5.1 Surround Sound
Jethro Tull’s third studio album receives a second reissue, once again featuring expert producer Steven Wilson’s 2013 stereo & 5.1 remixes.
IAA Dolby Atmos Sound Collage & Channel Configuration Test
Presenting ImmersiveAudioAlbum.com’s ground-breaking new sonic brand, featuring a sound collage & channel configuration test for Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround.
Review: Bose Solo 700
In recent years, Bose, renowned for their incredible noise-cancelling headphones, have focused hugely on soundbars...
Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music of Peter Green - 5.1 Surround Sound
Mick Fleetwood put out a request for musicians to join him in celebrating the music of Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac.
The Surround Sound Series - XTC - 5.1 Surround Sound
Having grown up in the United States in the early-2000s, XTC was certainly not a band that landed on my radar.
Q&A with Richard Chycki: Award-Winning Immersive Mixer
Richard Chycki is a multi-platinum mixer and engineer whose clients include such rock royalty as Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Skillet, Mick Jagger, etc.
Review: Bose Solo 5 Soundbar
When you hear the brand name Bose, you may instantly think of expensive and high-end audio equipment.
Cult Leader Tactics Deluxe Edition - Paul Draper - 5.1 Surround Sound
Prior to the release of Cult Leader Tactics, I wasn’t personally familiar with Paul Draper’s music and career...
What is Royalty Free Music?
Royalty-free music can be one of the more confusing terms to understand, but more and more people are looking for music they can use on their productions.
Review Sony HT-A9 7.1.2ch Dolby Atmos Soundbar
Today, we review the Sony HT-A9. This is a new soundbar released in 2021 from electronics giant Sony...
Memories Of Machines - Tim Bowness & Giancarlo Erra - 5.1 Surround Sound
Originally issued in 2011 under the title of Warm Winter, Memories Of Machines is a collaboration between Tim Bowness and Giancarlo Erra.
Time Passages By Al Stewart - 5.1 Surround Sound
Al Stewart’s Time Passages was originally released in October 1978, following the huge success of 1977’s Year Of The Cat...
What is Binaural Streaming?
If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy music, or you’ve recently bought a smartphone or tablet, you may well have heard of the term ‘binaural’ audio...
How To Download WAV Music
WAV files are still seen as the industry standard when it comes to audio files.
Q&A With Stephen W Tayler: Award-Winning Producer
Stephen W Tayler’s decades-long career in the music business began in the mid-1970s at London’s famous Trident Studios.
The Tipping Point - Tears For Fears - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
The Tipping Point is Tears For Fears’ first studio album since Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (2004) and the third to receive a surround sound release...
The Zealot Gene Deluxe Edition - Jethro Tull - 5.1 Surround Sound
It’s been nearly twenty years since Jethro Tull released what was once thought to be their final studio album, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003).
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - Pink Floyd - 5.1 Surround Sound
Pink Floyd’s return to the studio in 1987 brought about some interesting changes. A Momentary Lapse Of Reason would be their first album without Roger Waters.
Tech Review: Is Amazon Music HD Worth It?
Where any type of media streaming or distribution is involved, you can pretty much be sure that Amazon’s involvement will shortly follow.
The Best Soundbars in 2022
Soundbar technology has come a long way. Whereas 10 or 15 years ago a soundbar under your television or elsewhere in your home was a bit of a novelty...
Review: Samsung – 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Today, we’re reviewing an excellent offering from tech giants Samsung, who have created what some people think of as a “soundbar plus.”
Fine Line – Harry Styles - Spatial Audio
Pretty much everyone has a preconception of Harry Styles. He’s a bit like a typecast actor.
Feel Like Making Live! – The Bob James Trio – 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
Bob James is best known for a string of hits in the mid-1970s, such as “Angela," "Westchester Lady,” "Tappan Zee,” and “Nautilus.”
How to Spot a Terrible Dolby Atmos Mix
The age of Dolby Atmos is here. Immersive audio and lossless audio files are demanded by the consumer now.
Alicia – Alicia Keys - Spatial Audio
Alicia Keys is an established household name. She’s continually grown in stature and ability since her debut album hit the charts.
5 Simple Steps To Improve Your Home Theater Experience
Today, it’s easier than ever to make your home cinema experience closer to the genuine cinematic equivalent...
Cahoots - The Band - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
Having only been familiar with hits like “The Weight” and “Up On Cripple Creek,” it’s been fascinating getting an in-depth look at The Band’s music.
Jam & Lewis - Volume One - Auro-3D
It feels a little strange to refer to Volume One as a “debut album.”
Yello - Point - Dolby Atmos
It’s impossible to review Yello without pulling out the same old facts to provide context...
Script For A Jester’s Tear Deluxe Edition - Marillion - 5.1 Surround Sound
Marillion’s 1983 U.K. top-ten debut, Script For A Jester’s Tear, is the fourth album to receive new stereo & 5.1 mixes as part of an ongoing reissue campaign.
Michael Marquart - “Fall In Love” Lifelike NFT
Music fans have always wanted exclusivity and connection with the art their favorite musicians create. Now, that connection can be one-of-a-kind....
Review: Sony 4″ Dolby Atmos Elevation Speakers
There’s no denying that Atmos is becoming much more mainstream. More and more media...
10,000 Hz Legend 20th Anniversary - Air - 5.1 Surround Sound
It’s often said that one of the best aspects of the immersive music hobby is being exposed to new music that would otherwise have gone unnoticed...
Clique! - Patricia Barber - 5.1 Surround Sound
Patricia Barber is one of those enigmatic figures who somehow encapsulates jazz.
Review: VIZIO 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
As more and more soundbars hit the market supporting Dolby Atmos, there is something of a “race to the bottom” when it comes to prices...
Visapkārt - Auļi - Dolby Atmos
There’s no denying that Visapkārt is one of the more “out there” releases we’ve seen in 2021.
Renaissance 50th Anniversary: Ashes Are Burning – An Anthology
On October 12, 2019, Renaissance performed a special concert at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Review: Spin-Clean Vinyl LP Washer Review
A lot of us don’t take the right level of care when it comes to protecting our vinyl collection.
Sixteen Sunsets - Jane Ira Bloom - 5.1 Surround Sound
I grew up listening to these songs and knowing the lyrics. They were a part of my earliest listening experiences so playing them is like breathing to me...
Sony UBP-X800 Ultra-HD Blu-Ray Player
Audiophiles have found that one of the easiest ways to listen to high resolution audio formats through a surround-sound system is by using a Blu-Ray player.
Nothing But The Truth - The Pineapple Thief - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
British rockers The Pineapple Thief have quickly become one of my favorite bands. I became a fan when they released their 11th studio album, Your Wilderness.
Q&A with Jane Ira Bloom & Ulrike Anderson
Grammy-award winning American jazz soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has always had a special feeling for ballad performances.
The Best Movies in Atmos on Netflix
So you’ve finally taken the plunge and delved into the world of Atmos.
Q&A with Immersive Trailblazer Ronald Prent
Over the past 40 years, Ronald Prent has established himself as one of the most accomplished and innovative mixing engineers in the world.
2022 Immersive Audio Album Listener’s Choice Awards
The Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album, formerly Best Surround Sound Album, was first awarded in 2005.
6 Unknown Surround Discs Worth Adding To Your Collection
Though only a small fraction of recorded music has been mixed in surround, many acts, both world-famous and small-time, have embraced immersive audio technology.
The Beatles - Let It Be - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
The idea was really a simple one. Paul McCartney was eager for The Beatles to play live in an attempt to bring the band back together as a unit.
How to Promote Independent Music
Life as an independent musician may be tough, and it’s even tougher to make a living as a musician.
Review: Creative T6300 Portable Speaker Set
It’s often-stated that the ‘achilles heel’ of 5.1 or immersive music is a general lack of portability.
Plastic Ono Band: The Ultimate Collection - John Lennon - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
Little did Beatles fans realize that, when The Beatles announced their split in April 1970, not only would they be treated to one final album (Let It Be)...
Review: Apple TV 4K Media Player
Until recently, unless you’re savvy enough to digitize your collection of high-resolution discs using a variety of software packages, being an immersive music fan meant physical disc playback only.
Tidal Playlist Review: Dolby Atmos Music: 80s
The ‘80s. Love them for the memories, or hate them for the cheesy synths and fashion trends.
Tech Review: SteelSeries Siberia 650 Gaming Headset
SteelSeries may not necessarily be one of the first names that comes to me when you’re considering buying a new set of headphones or a gaming headset...
Fugazi Deluxe Edition - Marillion - 5.1 Surround Sound
Fugazi (1984) is British prog-rock outfit Marillion’s second album, and the second to feature original songwriter/lyricist Fish (real name Derek William Dick) on lead vocals.
Q&A with Chris Bell: Grammy-Nominated Mix Engineer
Chris Bell is a veteran producer and engineer based out of Austin, Texas. His long list of clients includes U2, Erykah Badu, Everclear, and others.
Leviathan - The Grid & Robert Fripp - 5.1 Surround Sound
In 1992, King Crimson frontman Robert Fripp collaborated with British electronic dance duo The Grid on their classic second album, 456 (1992).
Q&A with Markus Reuter: Musician and Producer
Markus Reuter has been performing and creating music for over two decades now.
Apple Music’s Spatial Audio Singles: 5 Winners & 4 Duds
Apple created quite the buzz in the world of immersive audio this past June, when they announced support for Dolby Atmos.
Q&A with Alan Williams: Musician and Educator
Alan Williams was a founding member of New England-based Knots and Crosses, who signed an ill-fated deal with Island Records in 1994...
Quadio - The Doobie Brothers - 4.0 Surround Sound
For those who follow immersive music releases, one of the most interesting trends over the last several years is the celebration and reissue of '70s quad mixes.
The Best Places to Sell Immersive Music Online
For artists and labels looking to sell immersive music online, there are some choices to be made!
All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary - George Harrison - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
Shortly after the dissolution of The Beatles in mid-1970, guitarist George Harrison assembled an all-star cast of musicians to record his debut statement.
6 Artists With Full Catalog Reissues In Immersive Audio
It’s often stated that past efforts to promote immersive music have failed due to a lack of content, despite there being 5.1 releases from best-selling artists...
Review: Behringer UMC404HD Digital Interface
Perhaps the most daunting aspect of pursuing a career in audio or music production is justifying the cost of a good recording/mixing interface....
Tech Review: HyperX 7.1 Surround Sound Cloud Alpha S
There are many headsets on the market that advertise surround sound features, but none as comfortable as the HyperX Cloud Alpha S...
Q&A with Gabriel Lundh: Musician & Producer
Gabriel Lundh is a 24-year-old producer/mixer with one of the first Dolby Atmos-equipped recording studios in Sweden....
Q&A with John Kellogg: Producer & Mix Engineer
In 1992, John Kellogg produced some of the first 5.1 music mixes for the introduction of the Dolby Digital (AC-3) codec on Laserdisc...
Drastic Plastic Deluxe Edition - Be-Bop Deluxe - 5.1 Surround Sound
British reissue label Esoteric Recordings has quickly emerged as a major player in the current immersive audio landscape...
Top 5 Must-Hear Immersive Concert Discs
Though nearly every DVD or Blu-Ray concert video out there includes a 5.1 surround mix...
2022 Immersive Audio Grammy Contenders
Despite the chaos caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s been a surprisingly active past several months in immersive audio...
Tech Review - Apple AirPods Max
Apple users tend to be a loyal customer base, and with Apple Music’s recent move to lossless audio for all of their streaming...
Top 5 Movie Soundtracks in Surround Sound
Cinema and surround sound is a match made in heaven. In fact, if it weren’t for the constant evolution of cinema technology...
Free Hand - Gentle Giant - 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Atmos
British musician/producer Steven Wilson has remixed more than fifty classic albums into 5.1 surround over the last decade...
Q&A with Leslie Ann Jones: Grammy-Winning Engineer and Producer
Leslie Ann Jones, multiple Grammy award winner and longtime Director of Music Recording and Scoring at LucasFilm’s Skywalker Sound...
A Farewell To Kings 40th Anniversary - Rush - 5.1 Surround Sound
Despite being familiar with mega-hits “The Spirit Of Radio” and “Tom Sawyer," Rush is a band whose music I never took the time to explore deeply until they began delving into the world of immersive audio.
Apple Rolls Out Lossless and Dolby Atmos Audio Streaming
In a move that Apple has described as the “next generation of sound on Apple Music...
Using AvidPlay to Sell Your Atmos Music
If you’re a musician or a producer, you’ve probably heard of Avid before. This is the brand behind some of the most powerful production tools out there...
Q&A: Where Zen-Meets-Tech with David Miles Huber
David Miles Huber is a 4x Grammy-nominated producer, composer and musician. He categorizes his ambient and electronic music as “Zen-meets-tech...
How Good is Tidal’s Atmos Streaming?
Tidal is the streaming app for the audiophile, or at least, it is trying to be.
Review: Year Of The Cat 45th Anniversary by Al Stewart
By the time Al Stewart broke through commercially and had his first top ten album, he had been making records for ten years...
All This Will Be Yours Deluxe Edition - Bruce Soord - 5.1 Surround Sound
British musician Bruce Soord is a rising star in the world of immersive audio, having spent the last several years creating 5.1 mixes.
Vienna 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - Ultravox - 5.1 Surround Sound
When it was announced just over a year ago that Steven Wilson had remixed Ultravox’s classic 1980 album Vienna in stereo & 5.1 for it’s 40th anniversary...
Review: A (A La Mode) 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
The 1980s were not too kind to Jethro Tull. Following a string of number one albums in the 1970s...
Review: Klipsch RP-280 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos System
To achieve a true 360 degree sound in your home, you need ceiling speakers. Right? Well, the answer to that question might be “no.”...
Review: Lifelike By A Bad Think
Not many of us can say we had as productive a 12 months as Michael Marquart...
How to Listen to Dolby Atmos Music
Surround sound and immersive audio formats have often threatened to penetrate the mainstream.
NFTs in the Music Industry - Are NFTs Here to Stay?
NFTs are hard to wrap your head around for the first time. You have probably heard some of the extreme examples of NFTs getting sold for huge sums of money....
Review: The Empathy Machine By Chimpan A
Chimpan A is back after a 14-year hiatus with an experimental surround sound album...
An Introduction to Audio File Formats
File compression is a way to reduce the size of audio files. In fact, it is used on all kinds of files, including photos and video...
Review: The Future Bites By Steven Wilson
There’s definitely an irony in the fact that Steven Wilson named a project The Future Bites without knowing exactly what was in store...
Q&A with Michael Marquart: Grammy-Nominated Musician
Michael Marquart, the singer-songwriter, producer, and frontman of A Bad Think, is back after his 2019 Grammy nomination for Best Immersive Audio Album.
Tech Review: Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones
Today, we’re reviewing the Logitech G430 gaming headset. These headphones are great for console gamers and PC gamers...
Capitol Studios Shuts Down Mastering Division
Early 2021 has seen another shift in the music industry. Capitol Studios has closed its mastering division, along with other smaller departments.
Q&A with Elliot Scheiner: 5.1 Mixing Pioneer
After speaking with Elliot Scheiner for almost an hour, one thing was clear: he loves rock music, especially in surround sound....
How to Download FLAC Music
Many audiophiles have turned away from MP3’s and other file types in order to embrace FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files...
Q&A with Jim Anderson: Recording Engineer and Grammy Winner
Jim Anderson’s recordings have won a whopping 11 Grammy awards.
The Best 5.1 and Atmos Albums of 2020
As home audio equipment has become more widespread and affordable, it is easier than ever to get speaker systems and even soundbar systems that can play 5.1...
Gimme Some Truth - 5.1 Box Set Review - John Lennon
In John Lennon’s 40 years on the planet, most would agree he revolutionized music. Along with his Beatles bandmates...
Review: Sonos Arc Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Sonos has created their first Dolby Atmos soundbar, which was released in June 2020. The soundbar allows you to play audio from a number of devices...
Q&A with Max Cooper: Immersive Audio & Video Innovator
An early adopter of immersive audio and video, Max Cooper has been creating 3D music since 2010...
Review: Versions of the Truth By The Pineapple Thief
The Pineapple Thief’s latest foray into prog-rock for the 21st century, Versions of the Truth, comes gloriously mixed in surround sound...
Review: Ammonia Avenue By The Alan Parsons Project
It is fair to say that the Alan Parsons Project were masters of their craft. Prolific for a period of time...
Kansas – The Absence of Presence - 5.1 Mix
Few bands reach the point where they are releasing their 16th studio album. Even fewer get to this stage...
Q&A with Suzanne Ciani: Composer and Producer
We had the chance to speak with audio industry vetran, Suzanne Ciani. Here’s what she had to share on growth and challenges in her field...
Review: The Sennheiser AMBEO VR Microphone
They say that the best inventions are the simple ones. This microphone may not have been simple to design...
Q&A with John Escobar: Assistant Professor at Berklee
John Escobar is a leader in the field of immersive audio production and engineering. As an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music...
Abbey Road - 50th Anniversary 5.1 Mix - Giles Martin
Many albums are getting the 5.1 treatment in the modern age, and the 50th anniversary of this classic brought both excitement and fear to Beatles fans...
Q&A with Paul Parker: Producer and Sound Engineer
With extensive experience producing music for film and TV projects, Paul Parker is on the forefront of making music designed for immersive experiences.
Preview: The Seeds Of Love Deluxe By Tears For Fears
The iconic album The Seeds Of Love is getting a five-disc box set special edition, including a 5.1 Blu-Ray surround sound mix by Steven Wilson...
Q&A with Paul Geluso: Music Assistant Professor
We spoke with Paul Geluso to hear his thoughts on teaching, experiences with developing technology...
Review: The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar
If you have ever set up a full outboard surround sound system then you will know that it can be incredibly difficult to tweak...
Review: Monster 25th Anniversary By R.E.M.
An anniversary is more than a good enough reason to re-release an album, and 25 years on from iconic indie-rock collage Monster...
Q&A with Maurice Patist: President of Sales at PMC USA
Audio coding is the science behind the art of immersive audio.
Review: TRUCE By Markus Reuter
It is fair to say that Markus Reuter isn’t quite a household name. Much of the work this incredible musician has done is behind-the-scenes.
Q&A with Claire Courchene: The Artist Behind Ana-Tole
We sat down with Claire Courchene, the mind and musician behind Ana-Tole, to hear about her latest album in the epic saga of Ana-Tole: Into the Black Hole.
Miles in Multichannel: Miles Davis’ Live Evil
Miles Davis, the enigma, available in multi-channel audio.
Q&A with Marina Bosi
Audio coding is the science behind the art of immersive audio.
Portable Immersive Audio: How 3D Headphones Work
When you think of an immersive audio setup, you probably think of five, seven, or even more speakers...
Q&A with Morten Lindberg: 2020 Grammy Winner
Morten Lindberg is something of a legend in the immersive audio world, and we’ve written about his work more than once...
Q&A with Dr. Veronique Larcher: Director of AMBEO
Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading providers of high-quality audio experiences for professionals and consumers...
An Introduction to 3D Sound: What is Immersive Audio?
The world of technology moves so incredibly fast that it can sometimes be hard to keep up.
Q&A with Mark Doyle: From The Dark Side of The Moon
We recently connected with Mark Doyle, guitarist and co-producer of Mary Fahl’s From The Dark Side of The Moon.
New in 5.1: From The Dark Side Of The Moon
Mary Fahl is probably best known for her work as the lead singer of ‘90s folk-rock band, The October Project.
From film director Derrick Borte and rock artist A Bad Think comes a unique, intimate look at how music in immersive audio gets made.
How to Listen: The Guide to Playing Music in Immersive Audio
COVID-19’s Impact on the Music Industry
The coronavirus has stopped the world in its tracks in so many ways.
DTS:X - Another Exciting Audio Advancement
DTS:X is a relatively new and exciting audio advancement, but it dates back a few years.
Auro-3D: The 3D Audio Technology Explained
Immersive audio technologies are undeniably on the rise, and systems like Dolby Atmos have gained a huge amount of traction and popularity in recent years...
The Rise of Dolby Atmos for Music
When you hear the term “Dolby Atmos” you probably think of the cinema.
AXPONA 2020: Sneak peek of the Audio Expo North America
AXPONA is fast approaching. North America’s biggest high-end audio show takes place April 17 – 19, 2020. So what does the expo have in store?...
Ujamaa & The Iceberg – Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Ujamaa & The Iceberg was a 2018 release from Morten Lindberg’s Norwegian label 2L, and yet another of his pieces to receive a lot of buzz in the industry...
In Retrospect: Symbol by Engine EarZ Experiment
Engine EarZ Experiment is the brainchild of Prash Mistry, producing a fascinating, eclectic album in Symbol.
Seven Words From The Cross - Skylark Vocal Ensemble - 5.1 Surround Sound
Skylark Vocal Ensemble are starting to get some serious recognition.
Folketoner – Det Norske Jentekor & Anne Karin Sundal-Ask
Folketoner was Morten Lindberg’s 26th Grammy nomination, paired with his 25th in the Best Immersive Audio Album category at the 2019 Grammys...
Review: The Band (50th Anniversary) Limited Edition Box Set
Originally released on September 22, 1969, The Band’s sophomore effort, now known as The Brown Album, soon became legendary.
An Aural Delight: Jan Kraybill’s The Orchestral Organ
Once in a while, a nominee for Best Immersive Audio Album can almost come out of nowhere.
The Immersive Sound of Symphonic Dances by Gisle Kverndokk
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra were challenged in 2013 by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, to celebrate cultural diversity in their music.
LUX: The Grammy-nominated album produced by Morten Lindberg
Morten Lindberg is something of a legendary figure in the Grammy Awards. He has 28 nominations without a win, and has been nominated in at least one category every year since 2008...
Chain Tripping produced by Luke Argilla, Jurgen Scharpf
To hear a snippet of a Yacht song, you might feel like harmless, breezy LA synth-rock was the name of the game. Simple, catchy and effective...
Grammy Nominations for Best Immersive Audio Album Announced
As the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony approaches, the nominees for all categories have been announced.
Road to The Grammys: How Voting Works
The Grammys are still considered one of the most prestigious awards in the arts.
Downloadable 5.1 Surround Sound Music Now Available
Surround sound music is now available for download on our platform.
The Savior - A Bad Think - 5.1 Surround Sound
Michael Marquart is one of those musicians who has carved out an incredibly rich and productive career almost out of nowhere.
Pink Floyd: What Better Band to Experiment with 5.1?
If any band’s fans fit the profile of audiophiles, it is the passionate following of Pink Floyd.
Futurama - Be-Bop Deluxe - 5.1 Surround Sound
Hootie & The Blowfish's Cracked Rear View was one of the bestselling albums of the 1990s.
Cracked Rear View - Hootie & The Blowfish - 5.1 Surround Sound
Hootie & The Blowfish's Cracked Rear View was one of the bestselling albums of the 1990s.
The Secret - Alan Parsons - 5.1 Surround Sound
Alan Parsons is fully deserving of all of his acclaim as musical royalty.
Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles - 5.1 Surround Sound
In 2005, the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album was awarded to Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company.
Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits - 5.1 Surround Sound
There’s just something about British bands and seminal rock albums.
Morph The Cat - Donald Fagen - 5.1 Surround Sound
Donald Fagen is best known for his decades of work with the iconic rock band, Steely Dan.
Love - The Beatles - 5.1 Surround Sound
The Best Immersive Audio category of the Grammys is certainly exciting, and can throw up a few surprises or reward hidden gems of albums.
Bringing Modern-Day Sound to Mussorgsky
Michael Bishop is a Recording Engineer with an unbelievable track record of producing exceptional results with classical music.
Transmigration: An Immersive Audio Experience
Transmigration is a recording which could be described as something of a hidden gem.
Classical Meets Modern in Britten’s Orchestra
Benjamin Britten is one of the most celebrated composers of the last century.
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek & The Dominos - 5.1 Surround Sound
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was Eric Clapton’s departure from supergroups to a band with whom he felt he could take a simpler approach to songwriting.
Modern Cool - Patricia Barber - 5.1 Surround Sound
When Modern Cool was first released in 1998, it is fair to say that it put Patricia Barber on the map.
Letting in Live Kisses: The Audio Experience
Paul McCartney has never been afraid of pushing boundaries.
Surrounded By Beyoncé: An Immersive Album Experience
When the 2015 Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album was awarded to Beyoncé for her self-titled album, there were certainly some eyebrows raised...
Amused To Death - Roger Waters - 5.1 Surround Sound
In 2016, James Guthrie and Joel Plante were awarded the Grammy for Best Immersive Audio album for their remastering and immersive rethinking of...
Surrounded by a Symphony: Dutilleux
Alexander and Dmitriy Lipay’s 2017 Grammy win was a victory not only for immersive audio and excellent engineering of sound, but...
Early Americans - Jane Ira Bloom - 5.1 Surround Sound
Jane Ira Bloom is not exactly a household name unless the household in question happens to have a passion for avant-garde jazz. In the world...
Alan Parsons, 2019 Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album
Many were surprised to see Eye in the Sky awarded a Grammy win for Immersive Audio Album, but to listen to this 35th-anniversary edition, you…