Binaural Broadcasting

Immersive Audio: BBC Research & Development

BBC R&D are developing new tools for creation and delivery of binaural audio. By studying the perceived sound quality of binaural systems and fundamentals of auditory perception, we are working to improve the state-of-the-art. We are also working on practicable methods for delivering binaural audio to our audiences whilst still achieving high quality.


Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments. Binaural literally means “having or relating to two ears.” Binaural hearing, along with frequency cues, lets humans and other animals determine direction of origin of sounds.

Binaural recorded music is found to be more exciting, alive and Immersive audio with space and great definition. BBC R&D worked with the band Elbow recently to record a live performance in Binaural as a 3D music experiment. Thru BBC R&D link below you can discover a Binaural broadcast for your self. Must be listened to over headphones to work. Binaural recordings will not work on typical hifi stereo speakers.

Elbow in 3D Sound
BBC Research & Development website and binaural radio.

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