BBC Set to Save Radio With 3D Immersion Brain Trickery

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC has announced it's testing another new form of 3D audio, which could enable us to enjoy some form of 3D surround effect from our existing old 2D radios.

A team of engineers at the BBC R&D department are working on the tech, using what they refer to as "psychoacoustic tricks" to fool our stupid brains into thinking we're hearing sound coming from above and below, behind us and in front, as well as the more traditional left and right stereo split.

The BBC's Anthony Churnside said of one test, which recorded a radio play of the Wizard of Oz: "Suddenly we had mooing cows thrown up into the air, and the wind could be all around you. With 3D sound you have every direction to play with so you can be really quite creative."

We won't even need to wear special things in our ears to hear it, as the BBC's all-embracing remit means it's working to ensure the effect works on our old radios and headphones equally well.

We can't help but think we've heard similar sorts of claims on and off over the last 20 years or so, but good luck with it anyway. [Telegraph]

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