SONY 360 Reality Audio

December 28, 2019

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What is SONY 360 Reality Audio? According to the World’s #1 Tech Buyer’s Guide, Hi-Fi Tech, “SONY 360 Reality Audio is a new audio format that uses Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology to deliver a full 360-degree audio experience.  Click on the link above to see a full description of the product. 

The format has been built using the open MPEG-H 3D Audio standard, which itself has been optimised for music streaming. It supports up to 64 speaker channels and allows audio coding to be done in different ways.

Engineers can map out and place everything including vocals, individual instruments and a live audience in any position inside a 360 spherical space. Different parameters can be altered for various elements, including distances and angles.”

The SONY website has a visual demo of this technology that you should definitely check out here.

A number of streaming services support this new format.

And here is an audio demo of this technology.

It seems to work best with SONY 360 enabled headphones that have been optimized in the app, which is an amazing experience and worth the investment, but with a pair of First Generation Apple Airpods we compared the 360 sound of Deezer HD to a stereo output of Spotify and actually found Spotify to be a higher quality sound with a greater spatial sensation.

And of course there are only a handful of songs currently remastered in the Deezer 360 library, so choices are limited. Nonetheless, such cerebral sounds offer an exciting glimpse into the future of sound for all of us as the technology continues to mature. 

Proving once again the future of sound and music is going to further dominate our senses.