Okay, so I'm a bit new at this and it's still a bit hard to describe it well with words but I'll try my best.
Anyway, a bit of background... I started with a relatively cheap set of headphones - the Sennheiser EH 250 and EH 350. Mostly I used the EH 350 as I enjoyed the better detail and smoother bass it offered. One thing I noticed about the sound, though, is that it always seemed to come from the back. With those headphones, I always picture the instruments (I like listening to classical) either at the side or distributed around the back.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. The wires of the EH 350 started dying and while replacement wires are available, I thought it would be a good time to look for an upgrade. After going through reviews, I finally ended up with the HD 558. First of all, these cans sound great compared to the EH 350. There's certainly a lot more air and the soundstage feels larger. Strangely enough, the sound is STILL from the back. I also placed an order of the HD 598 and it should be arriving sometime next week and given the similarity in the designs, I'm guessing I'll also perceive the sound coming from the back.
So the question here is... Is this normal for these cans? Could it be something with my recordings? Or maybe my ears? Just as an extra note, I use a Fiio E07K to source my sound from my laptop, tablet, and phone and its still the same problem.