Why does Front Imaging suffer in Binaural Recordings?
I have just bought a copy of this particular CD to try out Binaural recording. This is my first exposure to Binaural recording. While I did enjoy the album tremendously, the "binaural" effect was only somewhat effective. I found that the left image, right image and behind the head image to be relatively accurately portrayed. Also, I found the sense of space to be quite good.
However, I found the front image lacking. It definitely didn't give me a locked in front image like how I would get through my Vandersteen loudspeakers. I have fairly good equipment (HD650, DT880, K701, MS-1 powered by Meier Audio amp and converted using HRT's Music Streamer+ DAC). In every one of the headphones, the front image is just lacking. I found no difference between it and a regularly well recorded stereo album (i.e. both left and right channels are equally loud, but the sound is right there in the middle of my head and not in front). Naturally, left and right both sound like they are coming from the right direction, however, again, I question, how different is that from a regularly mic'ed stereo image? Granted, I am able to differentiate the vertical plane (higher and lower) of instruments placement when they were coming from the left, right or behind. Not so from the front.
Anyone else had my experience?
Also, any experts out there who can provide some opinions as to why this is happening and how to improve in the front image? Jude? Dr. Chesky?
Many thanks in advance.