Riddle me this....

It was recently suggested to me that by reversing the polarity of two stereo

speakers it will readjust  the depth of field in your soundstage.


In case that is unclear- If a voice was perceived as being one foot behind the

speakers and you swapped the positive to negative on the terminals of both

speakers it would make that voice move to being perceived as 

one foot in front of the plane of two stereo speakers.


Has anyone heard of this experiment and what can you

share about it?



In the analogue domain it‘d have to be mechanical and thereby more accident prone, I guess…Where polarity is messed up during recording, there‘ll be a change in degrees with in most cases one setting preferable. Since the advent of hi-res audio, polarity consistency seems to have moved into focus for recording engineers.

Have vocalists and instrumentalists also learned to record in phase with each other.? My point is if one prefers one phase vs it’s opposite it’s possibly because one is focusing on one aspect of the performance, eg, the vocalist in an ensemble.

The answer to my rhetorical question is there is no difference between switching phase 180 degrees in balanced analog mode vs digitally. Except in the latter case the signal has to be reconverted to analog after phase is altered.