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Listening position facing away from speakers

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I was told to try listening to my sound system sitting in the sweet spot but facing away from the sound. So the sound arrived at my ears from behind me.

When I did that while listening to music I was familiar with it sounded better and more detailed than actually facing the speakers normally.

For some reason everything was more vibrant and spatial and I was able to discern different sound field placement of certain sounds even better. It was almost as if I was more "sensitive" to the localization of the sounds. It was also a little unnerving....

Is there anything to this in terms of how the ear/brain/skull interact without a visual cue?

In other words is it possible when facing two speakers and having the visual cue in place we acquire an expectation as to the localization of the sound or perhaps we are biologically more sensitive with sound coming from behind us.

After having tried this for myself, even though it seems backwards I'm listening with new enthusiasm now.


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