Editorial

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.
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Blog
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?
2022-12-01
Music Reviews
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.
2022-11-21
Music Reviews
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.
2022-11-17
Tech Reviews
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.
2022-11-14
Music Reviews
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
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How To
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.
2022-11-07
Music Reviews
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.
2022-11-03
Tech Reviews
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.
2022-10-30
News
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.
2022-10-28
Music Reviews
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.
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Interviews
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.
2022-10-24
Tech Reviews
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.
2022-10-21
Music Reviews
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.
2022-10-17
Music Reviews
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.
2022-10-12
Tech Reviews
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.
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How To
How To Get Started With Surround Music
An informative guide for new users to experience the amazing new paradigm of immersive music.
2022-10-06
Music Reviews
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.
2022-10-05
Interviews
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.
2022-09-28
Music Reviews
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.
2022-09-23
How To
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.
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Tech Reviews
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.
2022-09-21
Tech Reviews
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.
2022-09-14
Music Reviews
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.
2022-09-11
Interviews
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.
2022-09-07
Music Reviews
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.
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Music Reviews
American Beauty - The Grateful Dead - Dolby Atmos
The Dead’s 50-year-old classic receives an Atmos upgrade from immersive mixing wizard Steven Wilson.
2022-08-31
How To
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.
2022-08-28
Music Reviews
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.
2022-08-24
Music Reviews
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.
2022-08-21
Interviews
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.
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Tech Reviews
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.
2022-08-16
News
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.
2022-08-12
Tech Reviews
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.
2022-08-09
News
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.
2022-08-01
Interviews
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.
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Blog
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.
2022-07-24
Music Reviews
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.
2022-07-22
Tech Reviews
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.
2022-07-17
News
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.
2022-07-13
Interviews
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.
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Tech Reviews
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?
2022-07-05
Interviews
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.
2022-07-04
Music Reviews
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.
2022-06-28
How To
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.
2022-06-27
Tech Reviews
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...
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Tech Reviews
Review: The LG Dolby Atmos Sound Bar
Typically Dolby Atmos or Surround Sound systems conjure images of large home theatres or vast living rooms.
2022-06-19
Blog
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.
2022-06-15
Music Reviews
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.
2022-06-12
How To
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.
2022-06-06
Music Reviews
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.
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How To
Where to Find FLAC Music
FLAC music is desirable for audiophiles: it's not lossy and preserves all the detail the artist intended.
2022-06-01
How To
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.
2022-05-27
Interviews
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.
2022-05-26
Music Reviews
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.
2022-05-25
News
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.
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Tech Reviews
Review: Bose Solo 700
In recent years, Bose, renowned for their incredible noise-cancelling headphones, have focused hugely on soundbars...
2022-05-02
Music Reviews
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.
2022-04-25
Music Reviews
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.
2022-04-24
Interviews
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.
2022-04-20
Tech Reviews
Review: Bose Solo 5 Soundbar
When you hear the brand name Bose, you may instantly think of expensive and high-end audio equipment.
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Music Reviews
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...
2022-04-13
Blog
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.
2022-04-11
Tech Reviews
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...
2022-04-04
Music Reviews
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.
2022-04-03
Music Reviews
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...
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How To
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...
2022-03-23
How To
How To Download WAV Music
WAV files are still seen as the industry standard when it comes to audio files.
2022-03-10
Interviews
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.
2022-03-09
Music Reviews
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...
2022-03-06
Music Reviews
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).
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Music Reviews
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.
2022-02-23
Tech Reviews
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.
2022-02-15
Tech Reviews
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...
2022-02-10
Tech Reviews
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.”
2022-02-09
Music Reviews
Fine Line – Harry Styles - Spatial Audio
Pretty much everyone has a preconception of Harry Styles. He’s a bit like a typecast actor.
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Music Reviews
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.”
2022-02-01
How To
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.
2022-01-31
Music Reviews
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.
2022-01-14
How To
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...
2022-01-11
Music Reviews
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.
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Music Reviews
Jam & Lewis - Volume One - Auro-3D
It feels a little strange to refer to Volume One as a “debut album.”
2022-01-03
Music Reviews
Yello - Point - Dolby Atmos
It’s impossible to review Yello without pulling out the same old facts to provide context...
2021-12-27
Music Reviews
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.
2021-12-21
News
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....
2021-12-15
Tech Reviews
Review: Sony 4″ Dolby Atmos Elevation Speakers
There’s no denying that Atmos is becoming much more mainstream. More and more media...
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Music Reviews
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...
2021-12-13
Music Reviews
Clique! - Patricia Barber - 5.1 Surround Sound
Patricia Barber is one of those enigmatic figures who somehow encapsulates jazz.
2021-12-10
Tech Reviews
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...
2021-12-07
Music Reviews
Visapkārt - Auļi - Dolby Atmos
There’s no denying that Visapkārt is one of the more “out there” releases we’ve seen in 2021.
2021-12-06
Music Reviews
Renaissance 50th Anniversary: Ashes Are Burning – An Anthology
On October 12, 2019, Renaissance performed a special concert at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
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Tech Reviews
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.
2021-11-22
Music Reviews
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...
2021-11-21
Tech Reviews
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.
2021-11-16
Music Reviews
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.
2021-11-09
Interviews
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.
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Blog
The Best Movies in Atmos on Netflix
So you’ve finally taken the plunge and delved into the world of Atmos.
2021-11-08
Interviews
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.
2021-11-01
Blog
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.
2021-10-28
Blog
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.
2021-10-25
Music Reviews
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.
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How To
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.
2021-10-18
Tech Reviews
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.
2021-10-17
Music Reviews
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)...
2021-10-11
Tech Reviews
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.
2021-10-04
Music Reviews
Tidal Playlist Review: Dolby Atmos Music: 80s
The ‘80s. Love them for the memories, or hate them for the cheesy synths and fashion trends.
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Tech Reviews
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...
2021-09-27
Music Reviews
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.
2021-09-24
Interviews
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.
2021-09-20
Music Reviews
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).
2021-09-13
Interviews
Q&A with Markus Reuter: Musician and Producer
Markus Reuter has been performing and creating music for over two decades now.
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Blog
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.
2021-08-31
Interviews
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...
2021-08-30
Music Reviews
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.
2021-08-18
How To
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!
2021-08-18
Music Reviews
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.
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Blog
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...
2021-08-10
Tech Reviews
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....
2021-08-09
Tech Reviews
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...
2021-08-04
Interviews
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....
2021-08-04
Interviews
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...
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Music Reviews
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...
2021-07-27
Blog
Top 5 Must-Hear Immersive Concert Discs
Though nearly every DVD or Blu-Ray concert video out there includes a 5.1 surround mix...
2021-07-26
Blog
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...
2021-07-20
Tech Reviews
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...
2021-07-20
Blog
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...
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Music Reviews
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...
2021-07-09
Interviews
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...
2021-07-06
Music Reviews
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.
2021-06-29
News
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...
2021-06-29
News
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...
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Interviews
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...
2021-06-22
News
How Good is Tidal’s Atmos Streaming?
Tidal is the streaming app for the audiophile, or at least, it is trying to be.
2021-06-17
Music Reviews
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...
2021-06-15
Music Reviews
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.
2021-06-10
Music Reviews
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...
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Music Reviews
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...
2021-05-27
Tech Reviews
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.”...
2021-05-18
Music Reviews
Review: Lifelike By A Bad Think
Not many of us can say we had as productive a 12 months as Michael Marquart...
2021-05-11
How To
How to Listen to Dolby Atmos Music
Surround sound and immersive audio formats have often threatened to penetrate the mainstream.
2021-05-07
News
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....
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Music Reviews
Review: The Empathy Machine By Chimpan A
Chimpan A is back after a 14-year hiatus with an experimental surround sound album...
2021-04-13
How To
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...
2021-03-30
Music Reviews
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...
2021-03-17
Interviews
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.
2021-03-05
Tech Reviews
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...
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News
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.
2021-02-17
Interviews
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....
2021-02-08
How To
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...
2021-01-18
Interviews
Q&A with Jim Anderson: Recording Engineer and Grammy Winner
Jim Anderson’s recordings have won a whopping 11 Grammy awards.
2021-01-06
Blog
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...
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Music Reviews
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...
2020-12-08
Tech Reviews
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...
2020-11-24
Interviews
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...
2020-11-13
Music Reviews
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...
2020-11-13
Music Reviews
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...
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Music Reviews
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...
2020-10-16
Interviews
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...
2020-10-16
Tech Reviews
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...
2020-10-13
Interviews
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...
2020-10-01
Music Reviews
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...
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Interviews
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.
2020-09-21
Music Reviews
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...
2020-09-11
Interviews
Q&A with Paul Geluso: Music Assistant Professor
We spoke with Paul Geluso to hear his thoughts on teaching, experiences with developing technology...
2020-09-02
Tech Reviews
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...
2020-08-18
Music Reviews
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...
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Interviews
Q&A with Maurice Patist: President of Sales at PMC USA
Audio coding is the science behind the art of immersive audio.
2020-08-05
Music Reviews
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.
2020-07-30
Interviews
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.
2020-07-23
Music Reviews
Miles in Multichannel: Miles Davis’ Live Evil
Miles Davis, the enigma, available in multi-channel audio.
2020-07-17
Interviews
Q&A with Marina Bosi
Audio coding is the science behind the art of immersive audio.
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How To
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...
2020-07-01
Interviews
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...
2020-06-29
Interviews
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...
2020-06-10
Pinned
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.
2020-06-09
Interviews
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.
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Listeners’ Choice
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.
2020-05-11
Uncategorized
Lifelike Documentary
From film director Derrick Borte and rock artist A Bad Think comes a unique, intimate look at how music in immersive audio gets made.
2020-05-09
Uncategorized
How to Listen: The Guide to Playing Music in Immersive Audio
2020-05-09
News
COVID-19’s Impact on the Music Industry
The coronavirus has stopped the world in its tracks in so many ways.
2020-04-16
Blog
DTS:X - Another Exciting Audio Advancement
DTS:X is a relatively new and exciting audio advancement, but it dates back a few years.
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Blog
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...
2020-03-24
Blog
The Rise of Dolby Atmos for Music
When you hear the term “Dolby Atmos” you probably think of the cinema.
2020-03-12
News
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?...
2020-03-04
Music Reviews
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...
2020-02-10
Music Reviews
In Retrospect: Symbol by Engine EarZ Experiment
Engine EarZ Experiment is the brainchild of Prash Mistry, producing a fascinating, eclectic album in Symbol.
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Music Reviews
Review: Daniel Shores and the Skylark Vocal Ensemble
Skylark Vocal Ensemble are starting to get some serious recognition.
2020-01-29
Music Reviews
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...
2020-01-21
Music Reviews
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.
2020-01-16
Music Reviews
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.
2019-12-30
Music Reviews
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.
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Music Reviews
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...
2019-12-11
Music Reviews
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...
2019-12-04
News
Grammy Nominations for Best Immersive Audio Album Announced
As the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony approaches, the nominees for all categories have been announced.
2019-11-25
How To
Road to The Grammys: How Voting Works
The Grammys are still considered one of the most prestigious awards in the arts.
2019-11-04
Blog
Downloadable 5.1 Surround Sound Music Now Available
Surround sound music is now available for download on our platform.
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Music Reviews
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.
2019-08-26
Blog
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.
2019-08-19
Music Reviews
Futurama - Be-Bop Deluxe - 5.1 Surround Sound
Hootie & The Blowfish's Cracked Rear View was one of the bestselling albums of the 1990s.
2019-08-08
Music Reviews
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.
2019-08-06
Music Reviews
The Secret - Alan Parsons - 5.1 Surround Sound
Alan Parsons is fully deserving of all of his acclaim as musical royalty.
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Music Reviews
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.
2019-07-05
Music Reviews
Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits - 5.1 Surround Sound
There’s just something about British bands and seminal rock albums.
2019-07-05
Music Reviews
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.
2019-06-27
Music Reviews
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.
2019-06-27
Music Reviews
Bringing Modern-Day Sound to Mussorgsky
Michael Bishop is a Recording Engineer with an unbelievable track record of producing exceptional results with classical music.
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Music Reviews
Transmigration: An Immersive Audio Experience
Transmigration is a recording which could be described as something of a hidden gem.
2019-06-20
Music Reviews
Classical Meets Modern in Britten’s Orchestra
Benjamin Britten is one of the most celebrated composers of the last century.
2019-06-13
Music Reviews
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.
2019-06-13
Music Reviews
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.
2019-06-07
Music Reviews
Letting in Live Kisses: The Audio Experience
Paul McCartney has never been afraid of pushing boundaries.
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Music Reviews
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...
2019-05-29
Music Reviews
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...
2019-05-23
Music Reviews
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...
2019-05-21
Music Reviews
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...
2019-05-17
News
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…
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