Originally Posted by SoundofMind
^I don't understand why you'd question those terms irt CD.
Of course to each his own, but I've found that with a well-tuned stereo setup, good sources including RBCDs can reveal fabulous soundstage and imaging and are best listened to in native 2 ch format. In fact, often guests will put their ear up to the CC or the DSX wides to hear if they're playing. Of course, for stereo they're not but that's how good the phantom image is and that how wide the soundstage can be.
As to DSX wides for 2 ch music, that is all about preference and applying two layers of artificial expansion, first neo:6 or Dolby PLIIx and then DSX. I never use that for critical listening exactly because of the tradeoff of the imaging as the mixer intended for an artificially enhanced sense of size of room/width of soundstage. I will turn all that processing on for my wife, who likes diffuse, new-age type of music, Native Amer flute, etc which she prefers to fill the room. She could care less about imaging, she likes immersion.
I didn't really question the terms; I merely said I didn't understand what they mean in relation to CDs, or more accurately, as inherent features of particular CDs. Although I understand that different CDs are recorded, mastered, mixed, etc. differently, I have never personally experienced listening to a CD and thinking that it had a wider soundstage than other CDs. To me, stereo is stereo, and, other than dynamic range compression, how a CD sounds depends more on the system it's being played on than its inherent properties. I have no idea what "imaging" means in relation to listening to music.
I don't know what kind of setup you have, but as far as I know, my receiver will not apply DSX Wide to stereo sources. I do apply Dolby PLIIx when I listen to CDs, but I don't consider myself a "critical listener." The only sources I listen to in stereo are my LPs, and if I could figure out how to apply Dolby PLIIx to them, I would.
As you said, to each his own, but this is the Surround Music Format forum, so it shouldn't be surprising that most of the posters here prefer surround to stereo.