Originally Posted by librarian
Regarding soundstage: I love ER4 for so many reasons, but soundstage is not one of them. IMO they are very monitor-like in their presentation. It is part of their nature and not something I'd like to change. ER4 are what they are, and they don't have a huge soundstage, which is fine by me. If I want a sound that comes close to ER4 with good soundstage, I use Beyerdynamic T70.
Out of interest what do you listen to them with? Do you amp them and if so what amp? I ask as I listen to mine through an amp and there most certainly is sound stage.
Again a request for anyone commenting, please, take a moment and list your rig in your signature. It gives us a chance then to see without having to ask what sort of equipment your listening to and basing your opinions upon.
After all, if one is listening through a bad source with compressed music one is going to have a different experience than someone who listens through something that can really give a fair quality playback.
I think it is why I have gone back over the past few months to reading HiFi magazines to base my purchases as at least most of them are listing their equipment so the reader has a fair idea.
Likewise, give some examples of the music you listen to as that helps as well.
I was reading a review here the other day and then saw a picture of the reviewers player. I could see they were listsening to Adele so it changed my feeling for the whole review as that album is terribly made and suffers from really bad compression. There is a reason why a lot of magazines listen to jazz, it's because most of it is superbly recorded so they can get a much truer picture of what the equipment is capable of.
This is not aimed purely at the poster quoted but everyone. If we don't have this kind of info then the opinions are all but useless!