“And of course, I asked Steve if spatial audio for music is just nonsense because I think it pretty much is.”
So, in the same/tone spirit as the author… I’m asking if Nilay Patel is an arrogant d-bag, because well, he pretty much is…
But being serious again, I wonder wjhat other’s opinion of spatial audio is?
My own opinion is I definitely like it when watching video on my iPad as it makes it seem somewhat more home theater like since the audio seems to come from the location of the iPad eg. in front of me.
I also like it some cases with audio where, it alleviates to some degree my biggest issue with earbuds/in-ear/closed back headphones which is the sensation of the sound being right in the center of your head.
That being said, at least with Apple music, the quality is all over the place with a lot being obvious and gimmicky. OTOH when it’s done right, with a competent audio engineer overseeing, it can truly enhance the audio experience. For examples, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and the Beatles Abbey Road remix by Giles Martin.
Electronic music is probably both the worst and best case, with for example Daft Punks Discovery being great , and LCD Soundsystem’s Tonight being ridiculous. And my father remembers when stereo was a “gimmick” too same as with surround mixes.