The soundstage refers to your sense of width, depth and height when you listen to music — just as you would sense the placements of different instruments in a live concert setting. Individual vocal and instrumental "images" make up your stereo system's soundstage. See also "imaging" above.
In listening to music or a movie soundtrack, the soundstage is the area where various sounds are dispersed from left to right and from front to back. The ideal soundstage creates a presence that gives the listener the feeling they are listening to a live performance.
A general term embracing the perceived dimensions of direction and space pertaining to musicians performing in an acoustic space. Usually used in discussions of stereo and multichannel reproduction of recordings. Dimensions like width, depth, 'air' or space, and the directional clarity and size of individual performers are matters of interest. See: Ambience, Localization.
Listening term. Perceived width and depth of music (or sound) especially for stereo reproduction. A set of speakers with good soundstaging means you can localize a separate position for each instrument and voice, emulating a live performance.
The perceived width, depth and height of recorded sound played back over an audio system; the setting similar to a theater stage from which sounds seem to emanate when reproduced through an audio system (see Imaging). TOP OF GLOSSARY
The position (front/back and high/low) that music or sound appears to be originating from, as well as the apparent depth of the stage. A car with speakers only in the front will likely have a forward soundstage, but may not have enough rear fill to make the music seem live. A car with both front and rear speakers may have anything from a forward to a rear soundstage, with an accompanying fill from the softer drivers depending on the relative power levels and the frequencies reproduced. The high/low position of the soundstage is generally only obvious in a car with a distinctly forward soundstage. The music may seem to be originating in the footwells, the dash, or out on the hood, depending on the car's design.