Originally Posted by SilverEars
Kiats, I would have to respectfully disagree with you, as we all have our beliefs.
I personaly belive that the stage is caused by the driver body itself, the way the the sound is tuned and also the tubes are formed to provide an overall perception of variety types of wide sound signatures.
For example, 846 is wide, but at the same time the different sounds are not coming from the same perceptible point. Vocals are imaged on the forward layer, and the rest follows from the back ground. It sounds narrower than the TG334, but wider stage.
TG334 is wider even if the sound is very nearby, but there is airiness about the sound to make it sound wide.
You're quite right that we all do have our beliefs
. Mine, everything we hear is merely perception (which is where it's very plausable we perceive sound differently). And to me anything along the chain could affect that perception, drivers, stems, tips, cables, amps, interconnects, DACs, etc.
To me when I demoed the SXC, I recalled a further treble extension (but not in the way that I personally had liked) but don't recall changes in soundstaging. I found the Tralucent Silver/Gold or Toxic SW to improve on staging. Same with some of the DAP combos (e.g. NW-ZX1). i.e. for my experience, it wasn't solely driver body although I would admit that the drivers or driver body, or driver crossover design would be the primary factor(s).
Funnily to my perception, the TG!334 doesn't sound small. It does sound intimate in the sense that one is close to the stage but there's depth not only forwards but left & right. There are earphones these days that are wider than the 334 though but to me it doesn't make the 334 small - it's all merely relative.
Personally for me I wouldn't call this earphone midcentric either. There's a fair amount of bass bloom & warmth. To my personal scale, I would have defined my former SE530 as midcentric.