Soundstage and Imaging 2006-09-11 20:24:52 Not sure where to post this.So far I have only used and compared compressed audio formats on portable players and headphones. I accept that it is very hard or impossible to distinguish a difference between the sound of the actual uncompressed track v/s a very high bit-rate compression of the same track. I have so far done this listening and comparison only on headphones, which are indeed of high quality, but still headphones are not in the same league as a good pair of loudspeakers when it comes to real soundstaging and imaging i.e. effectively conveying the sense of space and dimension.My question is, does compression of even the highest quality preserve the soundstage and imaging in the original recording source ? Lets say if the CD player in a high-end system with excellent soundstage was replaced by an equally good compressed file source like a PC or a digital player then does the user experience the same soundstage ?Have any listening tests been done in this area ?