I find it surprising that more isn't known about how to control or maximize the soundstage a set of speakers produce. Seems like a pretty important thing to understand when designing a set of speakers, don't you agree?
A large soundstage has always been on my short-list of desirable qualities and honestly, getting a BIG sound was a driving factor for me in pursuing larger floor-standing speakers. That and I thought that speakers with good off-axis response would help. It didn't really.
I know this much, the recording has to have good spatial qualities to begin with and a good spread between the speakers helps.
I haven't heard the YG Acoustics speakers I mentioned earlier, so I can't confirm their claims, but they specifically mention that their speakers have a large soundstage and attribute it to preserving phase.
Originally Posted by YG Acoustics Brochure
The measured performance of the YG Acoustics Kipod is exceptional, and correlates to its perceived sonic quality. In addition to a flat frequency response both on-and off-axis, the phase difference between the tweeter and the mid-woofer is near zero at all frequencies
, meaning that they radiate as one integral unit. This unique feature is a YG Acoustics specialty, and allows for an amazing soundstage, normally associated only with single-driver loudspeakers
Vandersteen makes similar claims.
Originally Posted by Vandersteen's description of 5A speakers
Music is pure in its dimensions. Time smear (multipath) distortions from reflections and diffraction destroy this purity just like the multipath ghost images that ruin a television picture. All the Model 5A's components, construction, and engineering are designed to preserve the music's original dimensions. By minimizing internal and external diffraction, maintaining phase and frequency linearity
, using a single driver for each frequency range, and controlling vibration and resonances, the Model 5As eliminate time smear distortion and accurately convey the composition, timing and shading that build an involving musical experience.
With the speakers I've had in my room recently, which have all been limited to about 7 feet apart, here's what I experienced.Monitor Audio GS
- good width, slightly outside of speaker position, realistic instrument/vocalist sizeFocal Electra
- proper instrument/vocalist size, but sound was confined between the speakersMA Platinum
- noticeably smaller instrument/vocalist size, and sound confined between the speakersDynaudio Sapphire
- noticeably larger instrument/vocalist size, and sound extended slightly outside of speaker positionsRevel Studio2's
- good but not exceptional width, sometimes slightly outside of speaker position, realistic instrument/vocalist sizeWilson Benesch
- realistic instrument/vocalist size, much broader soundstage than any other, extends a couple of feet to the outside of speaker positions