hier noch mal den sehr lesenswerten Beitrag(Auszug) des Kollegen aus den USA zum Thema.Dürfte mit mir, einer der wenigen Händler sein,der sich intensiv mit dem "trinauralen hören" beschäftigt.(Er war bestimmt der erste der sich damit befasst hat)
I started the process by putting the Trinaural into my standard demo Stereo/Home Theater system. The front half of this system consisted of VMPS RM40s, LRC, Ampzilla monoblocs, Marsh P2000B pre-amp, and a Pioneer Elite SACD/DVD-A/CD player.
When using the Trinaural, I had to bring my Left/Right speaker out just a little from their normal position so that everything was perfectly equidistant. I then used an SPL meter to make sure the balance on my pre-amp was still correct. I then hooked the Trinaural into the path and used the SPL meter to balance the Center with the Left/Right (that is, after I was able to get the ground loop out of my system caused by adding the Trinaural into the chain ;-). After about an hour of moving, cabling, and AC detective work, I was finally ready to listen.
When I first heard the sound, it immediately reminded me of CES. It was still a little different but not fantastic. The center channel seemed a little hot and the side channels seemed beamy. However, I had been told by James Bongiorno to expect this and that it was 100% normal. However, another thing I immediately noticed was that I could distinctly hear more of the music. This wasn't just a relatively small difference like you would expect when changing cables/interconnect, this was major difference like changing speakers!!! Background harmonies that I typically struggle to hear on good systems (or can't hear at all on lesser systems), were fully present from first to last note. Wow, that was interesting. Since I knew that it would take my ear/brain a while to adjust to the "new" sound (James suggests up to two weeks of periodic listening), I sat in my listening chair and casually listened/read a book for a few hours.
After about an hour or so, the center channel finally started to loose its perceived "loudness/brightness". After about another two hours, the beamyness of the Left/Right speakers started to subside and the space between the speakers started to fill in. At this point, I would say that the overall "enjoyment" of the system was about the same as when I was set up for Stereo. Some things were better (could hear more music), some things were about the same (soundstage), and some things were slightly worse (voices had slightly less warmth). I also learned at this point that I could move virtually the entire width of the Left/Right speakers with almost no change in the sound. The idea of a single sweet spot 6 inches wide directly between the speakers is a thing of the past. For about a 3 foot area I could hear virtually no difference in imaging and even outside that the difference was amazingly small.
After a good nights sleep and another few hours of listening, things changed even more. The continuous soundstage now started to have more depth. While the RM40s are no slouch in this area to begin with, I now felt like it was three times the depth I was used too. At this point, the "enjoyment" factor was definitely tilted in favor of the Trinaural. What was even more amazing was that after another day of listening the sound seemed to change again!!! Our brains are definitely a very funny thing. By day 3 the soundstage had spread beyond the speakers. At this point I can truthfully say that I had never heard any system, at any price, that sounded as good as what I was hearing (and I have heard 100s of systems ranging from a few hundred dollars to a a few hundred thousand dollars). Was it perfect? No. Voices were still a little thin but all the other attributes more than made up for that fact.
Because of this imperfection, I decided to take the next step. Since I did not have any demos scheduled for a few days, I decided to totally re-organize the room for an absolute optimal Trinaural setup. My best guess as to why voices sounded a little thin was that I was used to listening to vocals being produced by a total of eight Neo Panels (4 each on the Left and Right speaker) but now I was listen only via one (the single Neo panel in the LRC). Simple problem, simple solution. Use an RM40 for my center channel:
When I hit play with this system, all I could do was sit and listen in amazement. Playing Mahler's 6th-Tragic by Zander was truly amazing. I felt like I was sitting in the third row at the symphony. Width, depth, and clarity were like nothing I had ever heard before. A jazz CD like Trio Jeepy by Branford Marsalis is absolutely amazing since each instrument (sax, drums, and upright bass) is rendered by a separate speaker. Male and female voices were now stunning. Natalie McMasters and Dianna Krall were both breathtaking. Having had the opportunity to sit in on actual recording studio sessions of some of my test CDs, there were actually a few cases in which I thought this system sounded better then when I listened to the performance live in the studio!!!!!
The funny thing is that if anyone were to walk into the room just then, they would not have enjoyed it nearly as much as I was. I could just imagine someone saying "The emperor has no cloths!!" ;-) The fact was, that at that point, the way I heard music was physically and psychologically different than anyone else. As such, I can only imagine what the naysayers on the forums are going to say about this product (at least those that have not heard it themselves). My guess is that ultimately someone will have to take "before" and "after" brain scans for most people to understand and believe the actual ear/brain changes going on. The best thing I can associate this with is the Atkins diet. After a few weeks of not eating carbohydrates, your body will actually change the process it uses for storing and burning energy (a physical change you can verify by urinating on a special paper to see if fat burning ketones are present in your system).
After all my ravings on how wonderful the Trinaural sounds, the obvious question is "What negatives did you find?". I would like to say absolutely none but unfortunately I cannot. I did notice a few things that people should be aware of:
1) After listening to a significant number of CDs/SACDs, I have noticed that a small percentage of songs (less than 5%) sound a little congested/flat in the center channel. Using a friends demo tracks (he owns a recording studio), we were able to surmise that the use of digitally mastered delay seems to be the cause. What is this? Sometimes in the recording process the mixer only has a mono source of an instrument. If they want the instrument to be presented hard right or left but also have some width to the music, they will digitally copy the mono source and then delay it by 5 to 15 ms in the opposite speaker (this "trick" is not considered an industry best practice). I have no idea how/why but the Trinaural tries to pull both images to the center which can then overpower the melody. Poor recording technique is more to blame than the Trinaural but this can still be a little frustrating especially if Sting's new CD is your favorite.
2) There seems to be an ever so slight loss of recorded echo/reverb. On Natalie McMaster's SACD "In My Hands" tract 10, I can clearly hear a trailing room echo when listening in Stereo (i.e., she was recording in a large/live room). This echo is significantly fainter when using the Trinaural. I have been unable to determine if this "echo" is being filtered out or just being covered up by the additional "music" that can now be heard. So far, this has been the only song on any of the CDs/SACDs that I have listened to that I have noticed this.
3) There are a couple of cosmetic idiosyncrasies with the unit (but they do not effect the music at all). The parts manufacturers somehow got the blueprints upside down so the Left/Right switch used for balancing the speakers is backwards, the Right input jacks are white and the Left input jacks are red, and the balanced input plugs are upside down. All these things only come into play on initial set-up and do not effect the performance in any way.
4) As my experience showed, the center channel is now the most important speaker in the system. If you have fantastic Left/Right speakers but a poor center channel, you will likely be unhappy with the Trinaural. The center channel needs to be at least as good if not better than the side channels. If the center channel is only "as good" or does not have the full frequency response of the Left/Right channels, the use of a separate subwoofer is advisable. The Trinaural has subwoofer outputs for this situation.
5) The final obvious negative is that it takes time to get used to. Switching back and forth between Stereo and Trinaural is not advisable due to the ear/brain effect. As such, there is no "easy" way to switch to Stereo with the Trinaural. However, the Trinaural does have a second set of bypass inputs that allow you to easily hook up your multi-channel SACD or Home Theater processor. I noticed no obvious negative effect when listening to multi-channel SACDs or watching movies through the Trinaural.
The Trinaural Processor is a revolutionary product with the potential to break through the "sonic barrier" that most high-end two channel systems are approaching today. The Trinaural is capable of delivering more musical clarity, depth, and soundstage than I previously thought possible.
So the real question is "Who should buy this?".
1) For an Audiophile with a dedicate room who does not watch movies, the Trinaural Processor is an absolute no-brainer. For many audiophiles that already have great systems, incremental 1% changes often cost a great deal of money. For these individuals, the Trinaural is a revolutionary product that will give them a 10%-15% increase in performance for less than they would spend on a single speaker cable (assuming they have an extra speaker or two stashed away somewhere as many do ;-).
2) The Trinaural is also an easy choice for Home Theater enthusiasts that already have a great center channel but only moderate/good front L/R speakers. The overall benefit could be greater with a Trinaural than spending equal or even significantly more money on the L/R speakers.
3) Individuals with front speakers that have good timbre but may not image overly well can greatly benefit from the Trinaural (in fact, the relative performance increase seems to be greater for lower-end speakers than the higher-end speakers as demonstrated by Luther's system). Someone just starting out in audio may even want to use the Trinaural as the core component and upgrade around it.
And of course the opposite question, "Who should avoid the Trinaural?"
1) If you currently have fantastic L/R speakers and you have no desire to get a center channel (or a better center channel in the case of many combination Stereo/HT systems), then the Trinaural may not be a fit for you. The center channel is extremely important when using the Trinaural and will dictate the overall performance of the system.
2) If you only use integrated amps without pre-outs and separate pre-inputs, then the Trinaural will not work. The Trinaural must be placed in the path between the pre-amp and the amp.
3) If you routinely have people over to your home to demonstrate your "fantastic sounding system", then the lack of a Stereo bypass might be an issue. Once you are used to the Trinaural, what you hear (great image, soundstage, depth, etc.) and what they hear (hot center channel with beamy side channels) will be very different. However, by careful configuration you can use the bypass inputs to allow for regular Stereo for when your friends come by. Therefore, this is more of a convenience/planning issue than a real limitation.
Happy listening. Julian Turner
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