Originally Posted by ironmine
Here is the difference in soundstage, as I perceive it:
I alternate between these two modes, because I like the transparency of the bypass mode better, but I don't like that the drums and guitars are so close to me (plus, they overpower the vocalist). They sound almost 1 meter away from me, it's so unrealistic that my brain somehow just skips over them. The 24/192 mode is more laid-back, the sound presentation is easier on my ears and brain. The bass is deeper and louder in the bypass mode, no doubt about that.
Very nice illustration ironmine.
It very effectively illustrates how the depth of the sound stage is flattened by artificially bringing the mids and the vocals forward.
Unfortunately, the presentation you don't care for is actually the one the sound engineer intended you to hear.
I agree with you though, for some mixes, the Stello's 192 setting can be useful.
Now ponder this: My North Star 192 MKII up-samples automatically to 192 and does not alter the sound stage in any way.