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When listening too music with Headphones or Inears, i always receive the front to be very high in comparison to the back which is always very low.

Its kinda hard to describe.

 

For example a 5.1 speaker set up. The Left/right and middle channel are not placed infront of me but way higher up, above my head. In contrast the Rear Channels are on shoulder level.

 

I Would like to post a Picture but it wont alow me.

Can you guys understand what i mean?

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Can you guys understand what i mean?

 

I'll take a crack at it...

 

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When listening too music with Headphones or Inears, i always receive (perceive?) the front to be very high in comparison to the back which is always very low.

Its kinda hard to describe.

 

By "front" do you mean the "frontman," the vocalist, and the two guitars and bass? And by "rear" do you mean the drums, maybe back up vocals/choir/symphony?

 

Usually this depends on how you're wearing your headphones, ie, if you wear in such a way that the drivers in each side are positioned above or below your ear canal level, however I'm not sure why that would even happen with IEMs. It could be the recording (please list down where it's most severe and we'll try to listen to it and look for the same issues) or your brain/ear drums might just be more sensitive to those frequencies.

 

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For example a 5.1 speaker set up. The Left/right and middle channel are not placed infront of me but way higher up, above my head. In contrast the Rear Channels are on shoulder level.

 

Are you using a 5.1 simulation on a 2ch headphone, or is this purely an example? Because I'm not sure what you mean by "front" and "rear," given stereo recordings  don't have dedicated "rear" channels.

post #3 of 4

In a 5.1 setup (with real speakers, no emulation for headphones) the front speakers should produce sound that is perceived as coming from the height of your ears or eyes. If sound coming from the front speakers makes you look up then something is wrong with the

- track

- speakers / positioning / room

- your ears.

 

 

As for front/back with headphones.. I don't understand what you mean.

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With headphones, everything sounds more less in front of me. Maybe a few small details or reverb effects seem to be behind me, but IDK, they are mostly to the side with a slight hint of being behind me. If I listen to Dr. Chesky's Barbershop for example, I cannot tell at all when the clippers are supposed to be above or behind me. I mostly hear the difference between closer/ farther going from left to right and closer/ farther relative to the front of my head, with some difference between up / down when the sound is some distance from the front of my head. Close to my head, the difference between up and down is close to nil. 

 

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