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Hi Dudes!

Today I will be droppin’ in like a Spider with a sweet post about Soundstage. What is Soundstage? That’s precisely the question that many a folk want to know.

So sit back, relax, and grab a bowl of popcorn and a water, because you’ve come to the right place!!

A Brief history

The answer pertains specifically to headphones. But we’re going to start at the origin of it all.

From a young age, we used headphones to listen to music in a lot of circumstances. Often times, they were of a sub-par quality or just downright bad.

Whatever was convenient and cheap is what was used. Most of the time this meant a cheap set of ear buds, or a $20 pair of Sony’s. Not that this was a bad thing, but many of the factory grade headphones found in drug stores and retail stores simply were not of a high quality.

Over time they broke down in many ways. One ear might go out, you may have dropped them and they broke, or you might have accidentally slept with them on the wrong way.

Whatever the case may be, there’s one thing that’s common overall:

Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro (250 Ohm), a great headphone for sound-stage!

They didn’t produce a sound-stage.

But you didn’t care. They sounded fine to your ears, and they got the job done, regardless of their build quality (or lack thereof).

I believe most people pursue music in some form or fashion throughout their life. It’s sort of a universal thing. We all love it, love to talk about it, and love to wear our favorite headphones while we’re out and about. In a world full of negativity, tragedy, and despair, music is something that binds us all together through the ups and downs.

Few people really get into the world of audiophiles, but just you being here tells me that you are very aware of concepts that go beyond just listening to music.

“You know there’s this invention called television, and on this invention they show shows, right?”

The first quote that came to mind is Jules from Pulp fiction, when he ends up talking with Vincent about foot massages and “the holiest of holy” 😉

The same quote could be applied to headphones and music. There’s this invention called sound-stage, and with this invention it sounds like the band is right in front of you. 🙂

A detailed description of Soundstage

Have you ever been listening to music on headphones while doing something, only to freeze and immediately take them off to make sure the sound wasn’t coming from the outside?

That’s part of what sound-stage is. It’s the perception that certain sounds within the music actually came from outside of your headphones. Some people will claim that it’s your mind compensating for lack of surround sound speakers and therefore having a skewed perception of the music.

One thing is for certain, there are many people who have experienced the phenomena of taking off their headphones to make sure the sound wasn’t coming from inside their home.

There are some closed back headphones that give you a nice taste of this. The Audio Technica ATH M50’s are a good example of a closed back model that has some of these characteristics.

When I first put them on, I was floored to the point of wanting to go back and listen to every song I had ever heard. They really do make you look at music in an entirely different way.

For the first few months, I was constantly taking them off to make sure I wasn’t going crazy. It sounded like the music was surrounding me.

Open back models take this concept even further. I have read reviews from people who claim that they could pick out each individual musician on stage, where they were standing, and specifically each note that they played. Instrument separation and sound-stage go hand in hand in this regard.

What is Soundstage?

What is Soundstage?

Sound-stage also breeds clarity.

Have you ever put on a crappy pair of headphones and couldn’t decipher anything that was going on? Often times the sound gets all muddied up due to the poor quality of the set.

With a good closed back model, and especially an open back one, this is never a problem. As a general rule, the higher up you go in prestige, the better the sound is going to be.

An example would be: Sennheiser HD 800 > Sennheiser HD 650 > Sennheiser HD 600 > Sennheiser HD 598 > Sennheiser HD 558 > Sennheiser HD 380 > Sennheiser HD 280 > Sennheiser HD 202 > Sennheiser HD 201.

Notice how the numbers go down from 800? May seem obvious, but this is intentional.

The hierarchy is real. Lol.

I can attest to this. The HD 201’s sound utterly atrocious. Well no I shouldn’t say that. They are a good sounding set, but:

  1. They aren’t nearly loud enough
  2. The bass is sorely lacking
Sennheiser HD 800

Sennheiser HD 800, the king of sound-stage?

The higher in number you go, the better the sound-stage. The HD 800’s to some are the absolute highest echelon pair of cans you will find. Their sound-stage is almost unreal.

But I digress.

To recap this post and wind it down, just know a few things about sound-stage.

  1. It is the ability to pick out musicians on stage in their exact position.
  2. It is the ability to discern individually the instruments being played, as well as the notes that are played, how fast they are playing, and every subtle nuance that you would hear if the artist were playing for you one on one.
  3. Instead of the components of the song all running together resulting in a muddy mess, the song is heard as a cohesive whole that works together to bring you an experience like no other.
  4. Instead of the music being trapped inside your head, you may feel like you’re sitting in the front row. It’s as if the band is playing in front of you, rather than you simply listening to them through headphones.

In a nutshell?

It’s like having a 3-d Surround sound system in your headphones!!


Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope I’ve answered your question of What is soundstage? If you need me to clear something up, or just want to drop a comment, please do so in the box below!

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  1. I’ve owned the HD 598 for the past couple years and am happy wth them. I used to have a pair of HD 201s and thought they were very nice for the price I paid ($13 incl shipping). Yes, they feel cheap and have little to no bass, but they are super light and comfortable. I often forgot I had them on. I tried the HD 202s and hated them. Super tight and uncomfortable with a very muddy bass.

    Best bang for the buck under $50 (in my experience) is the Monoprice 8323, which can occasionally be found on sale for under $20. Order the optional $5.45 pads if you buy a set.

    • Hey Robert!

      I agree about the comfort factor and lightweight. The 201’s just sounded boring to me I guess. The 202’s I actually liked because they were unique and pretty durable considering the design; it was only one piece with the 2 ear cups attached. I didn’t think the bass was muddy for the most part, but in some instances I think you’re right.

      I will have to check out the Monoprice 8323. What do you think about the company as a whole? Do they make any good higher end gear?

  2. I had k702, Philips SHP9500, Fidelio X2, Beyerdynamic DT 770, Shure 1840 and i have HD600 and k712 pro. The only time I pulled off the headphones was with the Fidelio X2 when I heard a sound coming from the outside! This happened 2 years ago.

    • Wow that’s awesome man! Which out of those did you like the best? And how are the SHP9500’s? I’m thinking of getting a pair since they are so cheap. A lot of people compare them to the HD600 saying that the sound signature is very similar.

  3. In my country they cost 130 euros. That is too much for me so i returned them but for 70 dollars they are the best cans. Maybe also for 130 euros but for + 80 euros i could keep the k712. They sound really nice; the sound is similar to the hd 600. I don’t know how explain it, but they are energetic and vivid. I remember also they have good imaging and sound stage; better than HD 600 but the sound overall is more natural in the hd 600 because it’s higher quality.

    • Wow nice! What about the K712’s? I love the look and style of them, but the price is a bit steep. Was thinking of trying the K612 first.

  4. After 48 hours of burn in because the k712 arrived 2 years ago i noticed that the bass became heavier, I don’t know if it’s just me. They now remind me the Fidelio X2! The k702 were way more flat with no exciting sound, these are opposite with the same details.
    With the shp9500 dire straits was awesome! The 9500 are fantastic with rock for me.

    • Nice. May have to try out the Fidelio X2 as well. I never had any real desire for the K701’s or 702’s, but the Q701’s are pretty sweet.

  5. The k712 now sound like Fidelio X2 with more bass and more detail. They have only 50 hours of music so I hope they improve more but soundstage is also amazing!!

    • Sounds good! The K712’s are very tempting as well. Any experience with the HD25’s? If not I would highly recommend them. They are incredibly detailed and punchy. It’s as if a veil has been lifted off of the music. I’m hearing stuff I had never heard before in recordings. It’s awesome!

  6. The problem is that these are on ear and I feel these kind of headphones are uncomfortable.

    • Yeah but they are more comfortable than most other On-Ear headphones. I do find that my ears need a rest after awhile, but they’re only getting better with time/stretching them out.

        • Yeah I will probably impulse buy those later today, lol. Great talking to you! Hope we can continue exchanging ideas in the future.

          • Purchased the SHP9500S yesterday. Did a bit of research and there’s not much difference between the model with the “S” on the end. Because it was 54.99 on New Egg I immediately snatched it up. I will let you know my thoughts when I receive them!

    • Haven’t received them yet. Lol it’s been snowing hardcore here in Raleigh, NC and the roads are real icy. I have not gotten a chance to check my mail as I live in an apt. 🙁

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