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What is Soundstaging

If you are a real music lover, then you are probably looking to get the most out of streaming services like Spotify or Tidal. But at the same time, you will definitely need high-quality playback equipment that will help you to appreciate all the advantages of high-quality music.

Of all aspects of musical reproduction, the soundstage is the most amazing. Imagine that two electrical signals are fed into loudspeakers, which are just voltages that change over time. These tensions reveal a vast three-dimensional panorama to you. You perceive music not as a flat picture, where the sounds of individual instruments are mixed.

The sound is formed from individual objects that exist in space as it would be in a concert hall. The listening room disappears, in its place comes the vast expanse of a real concert hall – and all this is created by two electrical voltages.

Differences in time and amplitude, encoded in two audio channels, create a picture of the sound stage in the human brain. When you hear images of instruments in the far right of the soundstage, it is the auditory perception mechanism that synthesizes them by processing information about the small differences in the two signals reaching your ears. Visual perception works the same way: there is no depth information on your retina, your brain creates it by extrapolating the difference between two flat images of different scales.

Audio components convey spatial aspects in very different ways. Some compress the width and shorten the depth of the soundstage. Others reveal it in all its splendor. Good soundstage reproduction is essential for satisfying music. Unfortunately, too many components destroy or distort the fine details that make up the soundstage.

The ability to reproduce music as a collection of individual images surrounded by space, and not as one large image, is very important for conveying a sense of musical reality. A soundstage with space, depth, focus, layering, airiness and transparency is breathtakingly effective.

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To evaluate the Soundstage and all of its described characteristics, you must use recordings containing this spatial information. Studio recordings made with multiple microphones and overdubbed audio tracks rarely reveal the characteristics of the Soundstage. But the recordings, which used a two-microphone technique and the simplest signal transmission path, most fully reveal all aspects of the sound stage. In short, accurate reproduction of the sound stage is achieved by a combination of recording quality and playback quality.

If there is no spatial information in the entry, you will never know how well or poorly the tested component conveys it. Most audiophile recordings are made using simple techniques (usually using two microphones) that naturally convey the spatial information present in live music.

Finally, the excellent sound stage is relatively unstable. You need to sit exactly in the center between the speakers, and every component of the audio path must be of high quality. The Soundstage can be easily destroyed by low quality audio components, poor acoustic environments, or improper speaker placement.

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