The new 3/2 stereo format can offer an improved stereophonic presentation for a number of listeners with regard to imaging parameters, such as spatial impression, enveloping atmosphere, direction, and depth. The related psychoacoustic principles should be understood as phenomena of spatial hearing governed by specific laws, thus requiring suitable types, configurations, and locations of microphones as well as distinct handling of indirect sound. A correspondingly designed recording concept is suggested to be the adequate basis to take maximum advantage of five stereophonic channels. Practical concepts for natural music recording and surround sound reportage are discussed.:
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