I've found I've got a realistic stereo image on my acoustic guitar using a simple X/Y setup. Through a hi-fi , the guitar sounds, well, about 3 feet wide, which is about what it is. But - one or two folks have complained that my mixes are narrow or claustrophic, So I experimented with a bit of mid-side-in-the-box-jiggery-pokery to widen the image only to find the guitar sounding about 30 feet wide. Now, it comes to light that the folks who find the sound narrow are listening to the stuff converted to mp3s on iPods. The penny drops. Most folks who are listening to pop/rock with earbuds seem to be getting conditioned to only accept music with a huge, artificially wide, soundstage. I haven't seen this discussed anywhere and my curiosity is piqued. Anyone share this experience? Dave Edit: SPAM = eye-podd. Pretty good word censor you got there!!