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Old 21st May 2015, 12:23 AM   #1
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I love the sound of a good pair of headphones. The transients can be very good and I hear things in my music that I do not hear when I listen to speakers.

BUT the soundstage or envelopment is lacking for me when listening to headphones. It doesn't really detract from my experience.

What puzzles me is how most are impressed and look for a wide soundstage/good envelopment from their stereo speaker system.

Does anyone else miss a wide soundstage when listening to headphones?

Do you prefer your speakers and only listen to headphones because of circumstances beyond your control? (for example, kids are in bed)
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Old 21st May 2015, 01:43 AM   #2
jackh is offline jackh  United States
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I prefer the wide soundstage from a stereo speaker system, and there are a number of products available that try to give headphone listeners that same experience. The Smyth Realiser seems to do it best, but will set you back $3000. Another option is a computer loaded with Out of Your Head software. It is a lot less expensive, but does not give you personalization or head tracking. Out of Your Head may be currently available on Massdrop at a reduced price.
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I find regular stereo distracting, it tends to sound contrived and it restricts room layout. I prefer, when using speakers, to listen in mono with one speaker and allow the sound to generate it's own signature from reflections of room boundaries where I'm listening to it - sounds more natural to me that way.

For headphones it's different, did you read up on Binaural ?

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