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I am greatly dumbfound by the way many headphone fans described the 'soundstage' they are hearing through their headphones.
In the previous soundstage thread, this is what I learned :That's all I meant to say.
BTW, I was talking to Jan Meier about the two new lines of headphones he's decided to carry, so I asked him to comment on the crossfeed vs crosstalk thing. His response is below...With crosstalk part of the left channel signal is directly fed into the right channel.With crossfeed part of the left channel is delayed (!) and next fed into the right channel.With crosstalk the high frequencies are normally stronger "crossed" then lower frequencies, due to capacitive coupling.With crossfeed the lower frequencies are stronger "crossed". The shadowing effect of the head is stronger for high frequencies.The major differences between crosstalk and crossfeed is this time delay as well as the different frequency curves.Stereo as listened to by headphones is not natural stereo. The high channel separation achieved by headphones is not heard in real life.Crossfeed electronically simulates parts of the natural hearing process.The appreciation of crossfeed is a very personal one. Around one third of my customers never use, one third only with strong panned recordings, and one third can't do without.There is no good nor wrong. Just different.CheersJan
Headphones have the best sound because it's right off the amp - no room smearing of highs, no room smearing of bass, etc. The loudspeaker experience isn't so much about audio anyway, it's about getting the sonic equivalent of a jacuzzi experience. Let those who want to experience the 'feel' of music enjoy what they like - who cares anyway? The world is passing those people by.
There are many sources of outstanding recordings that take headphones into account. HD Tracks is just one of many.
ps: ajzepp and dbcooper use an equaliser...
I had/have the same experience as you. I wanted the biggest soundstage out of headphones, so I purchased the Senn HD-800 and a nice Woo Audio amp to go with. I used it a while, broke everything in properly, but the "soundstage" the HD-800's are supposedly known for never appeared for me, I didn't understand...still don't. Came to the conclusion, that headphones aren't for me and quickly sold both items...that was a couple years ago.
Hard to believe it, it is a joke??
Wow incredrible, too bad.
A perfect example of how little difference 'crossfeed' makes compared to recordings:
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