I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I didn't see where, so I'm starting it again.
Years ago as I started to expand my listening room soundstages to become more close to real size, real space of a recording I noticed that my systems played the music much like headphones, with space all around. The one difference is still a frontal stage (somewhat) but not limited to the front only. The more I opened up the stage the more the instruments became real and the more I was in the recording. Things like crowds for example became exciting as I was now in the crowd with clapping all around, and right next to, and infront and behind me. Recordings since then have taken on new meaning, and I have been able to listen to recordings that have been labeled as not so good, when in reality are actually great performances. Now just hearing the typical high end audio front soundstage is very boring to me. It feels like I'm looking at a box of music instead of the feeling of being in a live room.
Those of you who listen to both stages, the typical front stage and the all around stage, which one do you feel is closer to real life, and if you could make your frontal stage all around you (a little closer to your headphones) would you? Where do you draw the line between the two stages?
Keep in mind I have heard all the stories of why they are different so don't need to go there. I'm more interested to find out, if you could have the speaker in room stage sound more like your headphones (with the exception of some things being right in your head) would you?