Hear ye, hear ye spAAaAaAatial audio on Clubhouse!
It's like surround sound, but w/ your own headphones. A more vibrant, human experience! Plus makes it much easier to tell who's talking.August 29, 2021
Spatial Audio is a technique to create an illusion of sound coming from 360 degrees within a listener's periphery. It places subtle sound cues and differentiates various sources of sound, spreading them wide in a three-dimensional space.
It gives the listener an enriched experience by mimicking how ears would hear sound in a real environment. Each source of sound is separated and given depth, so that they appear not only from the sides but also from your front and back.
Clubhouse claims that this will make listening a better experience by approximating the ambience of a room full of people. The company says it works best with headphones, both Bluetooth and wired headsets are supported.
The company's implementation assigns a specific position in a room to each speaker in chat to mimic the feeling of being in the center of a conversation. Clubhouse does not rely on head tracking like Apple's implementation.
In a blog post, the company said, "When you're in the audience, you'll now hear the people around you in 3D, which makes the experience a bit more lifelike and human. It's also easier for your brain to track who is talking, thanks to subtle spatial cues."