Well I imagine myself at the front of the stage, facing the audience, so I hear things behind me. It depends on where you imagine yourself in the stage for "behind" or "in front" sounds.
Try giving these tests a try, and especially the Left and Right "wiring tests".
If those don't work, perhaps you have a defective pair?
.......man what's up with these defective pairs lately? I thought V-MODA was going to patent (or whatever the process is for something like this) their production line process/make sure quality control is top-notch.
Edited by miceblue - 1/17/13 at 8:49pm