Could someone please explain to me the difference between the two terms, imaging and soundstage? They seem to have some overlap in definition, but I am not sure where that begins or ends. :?
Aaron German said:It seems to me that where the sounds are placed creates the stage. No sound, no stage. If no sounds are placed wide, then the sound stage is narrow. No sounds placed deep, then the sound stage is two-dimensional.
All of this to say: it seems to me that "sound stage" and "imaging" are two ways to refer to the same phenomenon. You can't talk about one without talking about the other.
But are you talking about the other when you talk about the one? I'm not sure. To talk about the sound stage, you need to talk about the placement of all the sounds.
But can you discuss the placement (or imaging) of just one sound, without reference to the others? I suppose you could talk about the placement of a sound relative to features of your room. But this wouldn't be discussing it's place in the sound stage. So, maybe they are just two terms for the same phenomenon.
Generally speaking, you will get the best imaging from a recording with all of the sound from each speaker reaching its corresponding ear, with no room reflections or crosstalk from one speaker to the other (almost like headphones, only with speakers). You might want to try a simple experiment. Get a boom box and play a recording with pretty good imaging, and place the boom box in front of your face, just a couple inches from your nose so that each speaker plays past its intended ear with very little intermixing between the speakers. You will probably notice pretty incredible imaging and a great soundstage.TitaniumTroy said:Ok, I have a follow up question regarding soundstage and imaging, how do these concepts relate to the main types of speakers? Dynamic, compression horn loaded, omni-directional and planer/dipole. Specifically contrasting their different dispersion characteristics vs the soundstage and imaging you hear in the sweet spot.
I've never used either of those, so I can't give a solid answer. It also depends on the size of your room and its acoustics to a large degree. In my room, with my Altec A7-500s, I've found that 12' with the horns aimed directly at the ears gives the best imaging and soundstage, but the La Scalla and Cornwall have considerably smaller horns, mounted lower so YMMV.TitaniumTroy said:Thanks for the answer SH. New question, what is the minimum and also the optimum distance to listen to horn speakers like the the La Scalla and the Cornwall?
I can give an opinion. I think this is my first post here, seems I had a PM on another forum (forget which lol) and it was 9 weeks old... soooooo, pardon my late entrance!TitaniumTroy said:Thanks for the answer SH. New question, what is the minimum and also the optimum distance to listen to horn speakers like the the La Scalla and the Cornwall?
You'd better be careful. A lot of people in this group will read that and think either (a) COOL! I get to sleep under the stars or (b) 15-18 miles to a hotel ain't bad (c) Sleeip on the floor? Nah, I'll just pick up an air mattress on the way from the airport.Coytee said:I'd have some logistical issues if more than say 3-4 people showed up for an overnight stay unless they liked the idea of camping under the stars or sleeping on the floor or (ugh) driving 15/18 miles into town for a hotel...