On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:14:45AM -0500, Ivica Bukvic wrote:
> I had an opportunity to listen to their system and even though it was quite
'Filling the gaps' with virtual speakers doesn't change things - for the
same reason that you can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps.
Consider the simple case of a plane wave from a direction orthogonal
to the line of speakers. All speakers will get the same signal. To
create a virtual speaker between every two adjacent real ones, those
two would just have to get more of the same signal. So nothing changes,
except at the ends of the line (and you may rediscover tapering).
Ambisonic reproduction will create images 'projected on the line of
speakers' a virtual source in between the speakers will appear at
the same distance as the real speakers. It's possible to change this
using near-field compensation, but only for low frequencies.
Distance illusions can be created by exploiting psycho-acoustic
effects rather than physics. I suspect systems such as S.E. are
particularly good at this.
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