I was reading about sound localization and perception, and it made me start to think about speaker imaging, which made me wonder about what people notice.
Does "imaging" seem fragile to you?
When I listen, I will often 'look' to where the apparent (illusory) 'source' of a given sound may be in the presentation of my Hi Fi. For instance, if a sax player seems to be stage left, I will often look to where I think that player would be.
When I do that, the sound almost always stays where I looked, even though I may have just moved my head 45 degrees away from 'straight ahead.'
That's a pretty robust phenomenon when you think about it.
Imaging can actually 'stay put' as you move your head through a startling number of degrees!
Of course, there are also many times when the imaging effect remains steady as I walk around the room, too.
For something that is such an efemeral phenomenon, it can really hang tough, when you think about it. Especially considering that it can withstand the impact of a giant absorber/diffusor (you) walking around in the listening area.
Do you tend toward finding imaging a robust or fragile thing?