Soundstage and headphones 2013-10-23 21:22:55 I've been helping my teenage nephew choose some headphones. He's been doing some research and has picked up the concept of "soundstage". (The headphone enthusiasts sometimes call it "headstage"). It seems that soundstage is one of the things the headphone enthusiasts seek. As far as I can see "soundstage" is a term the headphones enthusiasts have taken from loudspeaker enthusiasts who use it to mean the placement of instruments when listening to stereo sound.Have I misunderstood something because I would guess this "soundstage" is a function of the recording and any subsequent digital encoding rather than a function of the speakers. In other words, the headphones only make a very minor contribution to the soundstage.In fact, I can understand two loudspeakers needing to be matched in order to match phase but surely this doesn't even apply to headphones?I am confused! Can anyone kindly explain where the mix up lies.