After the great success met by Apple with its Dolby Atmos tracks on Apple Music, which you can read all about in our comparison of HD Lossless music services article, the French service Deezer wishes to strengthen its position in the spatial audio domain for Deezer Hi-Fi subscribers, with a series of “360 Sessions” playlists, private concerts powered by Sony 360 Reality Audio technology.
With the “360 Sessions” concerts, the platform wants to provide the means to experience a live performance at home. To do this, Deezer relies on Sony’s 360 Reality Audio technology, also available on certain tracks on Amazon Music. Using this technology, Deezer claims that it is possible to feel like you are right in front of the stage watching the greatest artists and that you get to live a uniquely immersive experience. Voices, instruments and even the audience are thus perceived more realistically, as if they were in different positions within a sphere. The end result is an incredible sense of realism, as if the artist were in the same room as the listener.
Jerome Coïc, Operations Manager at Deezer said “We wanted to capture the magic and vibe of a live performance with these new playlists. To further preserve the integrity and uniqueness of each recording, we have created the “360 Sessions” using 360 Reality Audio technology. With this technology, fans an experience sounds that simulate an omnidirectional soundstage, capable of transporting the listener to the heart of their favorite performances. ”.
To enjoy Deezer’s 360 Sessions playlists, you must have a Deezer HiFi subscription, the high-fidelity offer of the streaming service. If you are a Premium user, you can still enjoy the playlist, but in stereo. To access these playlists, it is also necessary to go through the dedicated 360 by Deezer application, available on iOS and Android. You will then be able to listen to these tracks with any headphones or in-ear monitors, but it is with Sony models like the Sony WH-1000XM3 orSony WF-1000XM3 that the experience is the most immersive.