On a recent evening at Sennheiser’s SoHo pop-up store in New York, the Grammy-Award winning audio engineer Leslie Ann Jones courted a room full of her biggest fans. Perhaps not a household name to most, Jones is something of a superstar in the audio engineering community. As the Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound, Jones is responsible for some of the most iconic, and enthralling, film scores in all of cinema. The world-renowned engineer was at the store to talk about high-fidelity audio, and the setting couldn’t have been better. Above the basement-level events space is an array of Sennheiser products perfect for audiophiles looking to get the most out of their sound.
The Importance of high quality sound
Jones started by giving a brief introduction to the basics of high fidelity audio. When audio is recorded, she explained, there are subtleties in sound that is lost to inferior audio formats. Jones explained that in her studio she primarily records and mixes in high definition. To an audiophile, especially one dealing with hours upon hours of sound, this can make all the difference. Jones explained how in different recordings, you can actually pick up on more of the instruments present in the room.
How the best movies in the world sound so great
When it comes to what we hear in theaters, that is still very standard stereo sound. But the benefit of using Hi-fi equipment during the production process is that, as Jones puts it, you’ll get the best possible stereo sound you can achieve. Jones made it a point to remind the audience of the array of Sennheiser products suitable for listening back to high fidelity audio. The HD 600, Jones noted, is a good low-cost option for the audiophile looking to learn more about high fidelity sound.