I know hearing is very subjective but when I read stuff like, "The soundstage is very congested and centred. I can't delineate where the instruments are placed on the stage" I just shake my head. Maybe I'm the odd one out but I don't listen to headphones to critically analyze where the instruments are located or if I can hear the singer breathe, etc and personally, I don't think anyone can do that without knowing where the instruments actually were during a recording. If you could, and you accidentally put your headphones on "backward" the instruments would be on the other side of the stage. OMG!
I once read a speaker review in Stereophile and the reviewer state he could actually hear the floor move under the drum set during certain parts. Hogwash.
Well for certain genres, especially classical, recordings in general are mixed with certain placement of instruments. Like cymbals and snare on one side and have bass stuff in the middle and so forth. This is especially true for live recordings. People who listen, like me, for example are somewhat habitual of always have certain instruments placed in a particular location - it keeps it easy and relaxed. Back when I used to have some cheap Sony's, on them I couldn't tell the left and right apart physically, but when I heard them, it'd feel awkward because of the mixed placement. It's just one of those muscle memory things, except with the brain.
LMFAOOOOO now hearing the floor move under the drum set......lol yea some reviewers can go over the top.