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In Reply to: Is soundstage real or engineer? posted by glt on November 11, 2004 at 10:22:36:
Ignoring any form of music that is electronically amplified (I mean, is there really a standard position for the guitarist . . . such sounstaging is a matter of preference and is totally artificial) there are problems with recording practice.
If you go to live jazz (unamplified), operas and symphonies you know that most of the great halls are designed to blend sound. Not there aren't spatial clues, there are. But by the time you have moved back to the middle of the parquet or a balcony the sound is more blended than most recordings. Why? Because one wants to sell the seats on the side, that's why!
Very few recording crews use(d) the simple figure 8 Vee configuration that yields optimum balance, spatial clues and even contains phase information that allows the true rear sound to be derived. Crews using this configuration were Mercury Living Presence and still include Telarc (usually).
Unfortunately, several prominant conductors wanted the sound to be an "idealized" version of what they heard on the podium (Bernsteein and von Karajan were the most famous and most egregious offenders) creating a demand amongst audiophiles for a ping pong style separation.
Many like it. I do not. Most emphatically do not. I would never sit front row center (and many recordings are even more exagerated than even that.)
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