i recall i mentioned something about the rendering of space in the sm3 thread, not the width of the stage but the 3d space, and someone joked about the sm3's coming with dolby surround haha. but that was just the one comment so i thought it was just me.
i think the "stage" in soundstage is rather limiting, especially since recordings, unless live, take place in a room as opposed to on a stage in a studio. and mixing itself,... you're taught to position your elements within a room, with front and back as opposed to just between left and right.
I do have many songs where the soundstage is limited. Some modern rap/R&B has a flat soundstage, for example. Another user asked me to listen to a bunch of youtube songs that all sounded better on the FX700 when I had both. This was due to mastering IMO. Some studio albums have the spatial info added in a great, cohesive way, while others are a blended mess. I dislike the mixes where the instruments are all coming from about the same place just with different widths and seem to overlap. Not a lot of recordings are that bad, but some.
So, while I agree that the majority of recordings do have limited spatial ques, many have enough for me to hear an instrument/vocalist in it's individual space and all the nuances of that part of the performance. So, for me, many of my tracks are a close approximation of a band being in a small club on stage (or in front of me in the recording studio as far as spatial cues go). Hope that makes sense.
and damn,.. 35% purely sound?
i wish i had a time machine to skip the next couple of weeks of em3/brain burn in
also, i wish i didnt hear about a custom cable guy living in my town,... i'm getting tempted after rereading Guy's twag experience
Like I said, my 35% could be your 10%! The space of the headphone has a great weight for me, and the EM3 Pro excels at space to my ears, especially with the HUD-1/RPX-33. Not that the SM3 doesn't excel with space, but with some tracks the EM3 Pro advantage is more apparent than others!