The spaced pair (A/B) technique uses two cardioid or omni directional microphones spaced 3 - 10 feet apart from each other panned in left/right configuration to capture the stereo image of an ensemble or instrument. Effective stereo separation is very wide. The distance between the two microphones is dependent on the physical size of the sound source.
For instance, if two mics are placed ten feet apart to record an acoustic guitar; the guitar will appear in the center of the stereo image. This is probably too much spacing for such a small sound source. A closer, narrower mic placement should be used in this situation. The drawback to A/B stereo is the potential for undesirable phase cancellation of the signals from the microphones.
Due to the relatively large distance between the microphones and the resulting difference of sound arrival times at the microphones, phase cancellations and summing may be occurring. A mono reference source can be used to check for phase problems. When the program is switched to mono and frequencies jump out or fall out of the sound, you can assume that there is phase problem. This may be a serious problem if your recording is going to be heard in mono as is typical in broadcast or soundtrack playback.