[ProAudio] stereo perception through headphones

David Josephson dlj at josephson.com
Thu Jan 30 11:38:56 EST 2020

As Scott mentioned, most stereo recordings intended for speaker playback 
translate poorly to headphone playback. There are some fixes for that, 
most of which involve feeding some of one channel's signal to the other 
channel with phase shift or delay. You end up with a different mix for 
the headphone listener. See the research of Edgar Choueri at Princeton 
for some recent work in this area.

> On 1/15/2020 11:20 AM, egosfield via ProAudio wrote:
>> Since the list has been quiet -- I hope this is not inappropriate:
>> I am unable to perceive a virtual soundstage when monitoring stereo 
>> tracks through headphones.  I wonder how common this is.
>> I use them for tracking, but not for mixing or aesthetic editing.
>> I can form a subjective impression of the timbre of instruments, 
>> distance from  and characteristics of microphones, timbre of room 
>> reflections, sometimes the size of the room, depending on apparent 
>> reverb characteristics.
>> But central signals always feel like they are in the center of my 
>> head, and the subjective image extends outward from my head like a 

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