CE Pro podcast n ° 87: our “Audio Guys” talk about immersive sound and the best of 2021

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Paul Bochner of Electronic Concepts, Steve Silberman of Savant and Alex Camara of AudioControl discuss the growth of immersive music and their favorite products coming out in 2021.

In 2021, the home audio category continued the momentum it gained during the height of the pandemic last year, as people sought more entertainment options during shutdowns.

Paul Bochner, owner and president of Electronic concepts in Rochelle Park, NJ, Alex Camara, CEO of Audio control, and Steve Silberman, Business Development – Audio at Learned, joined the CE Pro podcast to present their views and recap another busy year in home audio.

Nowadays, of course, this growing popularity of audio for custom integrators encompasses whole-house, home theater, and two-channel (stereo) audio systems, powered by a wide range of content – immersive, high-resolution, streaming, vinyl and more.

Immersive audio music becomes more accessible

Highlighting how much Dolby Atmos and other forms of immersive audio music have become available to consumers, of the scholar Silberman notes that some of the world’s most popular streaming services are now adding high-resolution, immersive audio content to their growing libraries.

“It’s been pretty funny… it’s a funny subject for me. We are currently working on new streaming integrations. We have Amazon Music, hopefully in early 2022… we’re really getting close, ”he notes.

“With that in mind, I’ve been very mindful of immersive audio. This year Apple Music announced full immersive capabilities through Apple Music up to 24/192, so we’re seeing all of this change in high resolution on some of the major streaming services. You have Amazon Music, you have TIDAL [and similarly Qobuz] all of them make high resolution music, but on top of that they stream a lot of great immersive content.

Reiterating the thoughts of Silberman and Bochner, Camara adds that from Audio controlFrom the perspective of, the market has moved rapidly from surround sound to immersive audio.

“For us I would definitely echo what Paul and Steve were saying and what we saw and you know we’re an electronics brand that specializes in home theater, how we really got into the immersive side of our business. development probably three years ago. What we saw in 2021, which echoes what my two friends are saying, is this transition from surround sound really to the most immersive audio… we saw the GRAMMY Awards in [2019] changing the name of their awards from surround to immersive, ”Camara points out.

“I think what we’ve seen in our products and in the industry – especially driven a little bit by COVID, the nature of being on the inside – is this subtle realization that a 360-degree sound, a sound 360-degree immersive where it not just comes in a linear fashion but comes all around you just transform what people are starting to really enjoy like Steve alluded to, not just in the theater, but also in the car; in the plane; In a boat; In all areas.

Driven by their time at home and their interest in new products and technologies, customers are investing in versatile AV systems capable of recreating a range of AV formats without compromising quality, adds Bochner.

“I think we’re talking about immersion, but people are also doubling down on the dual-use system, even though it’s not just an immersive theater, it’s a theater with a heavy stage so you can get the most out of it. of both worlds, like a lot of people come to us now and say I’m willing to spend a lot more money, but I don’t really have room for two systems, ”he comments.

“So even if you don’t want to dive [system] and you want a real listening room, that option is still there. Both sides of it are really getting pounded, in a good way… These are people willing to spend more money because they save [during the pandemic]. “

High performance speaker favorites list

Moving on to their favorite products of 2021, the trio of audio experts focused on the speaker category with several products from respected brands that include JBL Synthesis and Magico, as well as By listen, a new company on the market.

Bochner, an enthusiast of high performance audio, cited the Magico Audio the A5 tower speaker, while Silberman, whose roots also lie in the world of high-performance consumer audio, chose JBL synthesis‘the 4367 floorstanding loudspeaker and the versatile 70-volt CM series of AudioControl amplifiers.

Taking a holistic and industrial approach to the topic of the best product of 2021, Camara singled out the increasingly popular invisible speaker category.

At the end of the chat, Silberman, Camara, and Bochner commented on their favorite pieces of demo content. Disney + airing their documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” got the guys discussing the Fab Four’s catalog, including the much sought-after mono recordings that were released about a decade ago.

To hear the full interview, including CE Pro Podcast’s “Audio Guys” thoughts on immersive audio, along with their favorite products and demo content choices, check out this podcast episode. week. Find past episodes of the CE Pro Podcast by subscribing to the CE Pro Youtube channel or our Apple and Spotify podcast feed.

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