I pulled a 44.1/16 bit file from a recorded CD into Cubase as a reference mix. I set the Project Settings inside Cubase to 44.1k,16bit, -3dB pan law. I set my RME AES32 Hammerfall sound card to a pan law of -3dB as well.
When I play the same file on Windows Media player, through the same outputs on the RME sound card, the stereo image is much wider, and as a result the panned guitars are much clearer sounding and the mix sounds less muddy.
Does anybody know what’s going on here? I cannot figure it out. Same file. Same Pan Law.