Term: Stereo Image

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Stereo image describes the ability of a 2-channel playback system or recording to convey a sense of width and depth to the recording that allows the listener to localize specific sounds in the stereo field. Stereo image can be manipulated with signal processors (shufflers or stereo imagers) that exaggerate the separation between left and right sources or amplify the ambience captured in a recording. Stereo image is better perceived on loudspeakers than on headphones.