To better understand the benefits of Ambiophonics, you first need to understand the reason behind it.
Let's take a closer look at a familiar case: a stereophonic Left & Right configuration.
Stereophonics SystemNow picture yourself seating on this sofa, with sound waves coming from both the left and right speakers. Our brain naturally interprets the atmospheric vibration from the speaker into auditory cues. In other words, locating the audio source in space. In the present case, at a +/-30degrees from the head of the listener. Makes sense?
Problem comes when a signal from the left speaker, intended for the left ear, "leaks" through air to the right ear. The un-desired effects of this leak are crosstalk and comb filtering. What's that crosstalk-comb-filtering-stuff all about? It happens when a wave is being summed together with another version of this wave, but with a slight delay. Which delay? Basically the equivalent time it took the wave to travel from the left to the right ear. Constructive and destructive interferences resulting from comb filtering ultimately distort the audio. Another limitation of a stereo or 5.1 surround configuration is a narrowing of the sound image: i.e. not allowing your brain to localize sound at the extreme sides (or all around with four speakers). With speakers located at a 60 degree angle a stereo system can only achieve up to a 60 degree wide sound stage.
And here comes Ambiophonics...
At the core of its theory is the idea of eliminating the speaker crosstalk and thus extending the auditory image. By combining Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and a conveniently narrower 20 to 30degrees angle, Ambiophonics tricks our brain with real time correction of a standard stereo or 5.1 signal. The unique Ambiophonic experience is unlike anything you would expect from the comfort of you living room. Ambio4YOU platforms work for any stereo, surround audio material and will simply change the way you are accustomed to listening to audio.
Revolutionary in their size, flexibility and low cost, Ambio4YOU's platforms are the perfect way to experience Ambiophonics at home , in a recording studio or any public space. An Ambio4YOU system mainly consists of 2 elements:
In a Left & Right speaker configuration, a single miniAMBIO processor is sufficient to provide a 180 degree field of listening. In other words, giving you the feeling loudspeaker binaural a much more realistic Soundfield experience than earphone binaural or loudspeaker stereo.
Ambiophonic Speaker placement for Left & Right speakers
For those of you looking for a full 360 degrees field of listening, the holy grail of immersive audio, Panambiophonics is the solution you're looking for. Based on 2 miniAMBIO processing audio in real time, see the diagram below for a typical Panambiophonics setup.