I've just got round to wiring up the P3 OOP. I've never heard OOP before, so didn't quite know what to expect.
I selected Ella & Louis, a mono recording from the 1950s and pressed play. UGGHHH! It's really horrible to listen to. My brain got confused and thought Ella was inside my head at first, then I couldn't tell where she was at all. Really strange and confusing. I started to feel a bit sick too.
Well, I really can't understand how any passing visitors couldn't identify that SOMETHING was wrong in the room at Munich. It sounds totally unlike a normal hi-fi system, at least with a mono recording.
Let me now try a stereo recording...
1) Arthur Rubinstein - Beethoven Piano Sonata No.14 (RCA Living Stereo SACD)
Again impossible to locate the source of the sound apart from to say it is in front of me generally. I wasn't sure what to expect when using a stereo recording, the sound seems to be very unfocused and vague.
2) Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (Columbia SACD)
Instruments that are hard left/right are still obviously located there if lacking "solidity", but sounds that should be coming from the centre are very diffuse and impossible to locate. Miles trumpet is such a case, whereas Coltrane's tenor sax is on the left where it should be.
3) Heifitz/BSO - Beethoven Violin Concerto (RCA Living Stereo SACD)
Finally I thought I'd try a pure 2 track recording with no studio gimmickry to confuse the issue...
Hmmm, I can still tell the violins are on the left, yet Heifitz own violin seems very vague spacially. I can tell the orchestra is in front of me but it's all fuzzy and vague. No better than the Miles Davis recording really.
If I were at Munich, I think I would notice this effect - particularly with vocals (which are normally centrally placed). However, unfamiliar music might lead me to believe I was simply listening to some poor speakers that don't image well, possibly. But these are my first ever experiences of OOP sound and I would expect seasoned reviewers/technical journalists and industry professionals to notice it straight away - just as Pluto did.