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Why does my HD 558 plays some instruments on the left side?

post #1 of 5
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Hi guys I am wondering why my headphone plays most old songs like that, I noticed that newer songs do not have this, I am not sure if old songs were recorded that way or my headphone is not playing it correctly. I hope it's because old songs were recorded that way though, really love this pair of cans.

post #2 of 5

Some old songs were yes. Also live recordings tend to also do that. You have to remember that they were meant to be played on speakers and not headphones.

post #3 of 5
In the early days of stereo, I believe they tended to mix very specifically to separate speakers because it was a new technology and they wanted to really show off the fact that music was coming from two directions. That evolved to a point where now, the goal is to try to make music sound like it is coming from different places everywhere between the left and right boundaries.
post #4 of 5

Yup, nothing is wrong. It is the recordings.

If it bothers you you could try a crossfade of some sort.. Or try listening in mono mode where it completely mixes the two channels.

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Thread Starter 

I see, so I guessed right then, and yes I enjoy songs like these it gives me some sense of direction and space.

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