" Coloration is a deviation from a desired response. "
I would go even further...
" Coloration is a deviation from what was recorded."
So how does one know exactly what the original track "should" sound like - since the sound engineer can "adjust" the final product to their will.
My approach - I have played several instruments over the years, to the point where their sound has become "ingrained" in my brain.
What if you have never played a musical instrument?
- seek out some live performances
- try to listen to a soloist
- Orchestral performances in small venues are good if not amplified
Has my system ever reproduced what was recorded - I would never be so bold as to make that claim, but it seems close enough to allow me to appreciate the more subtle nuances of the music and the venue.
So to Mr. Burwen's claim that we just need an equalizer to insure proper performance - that's simplistic to the point of being just wrong
I have to agree in this case - he's dumb'd it down to make a point
As fore the statement from cdwallace3
.but it IS far too often overlooked - most times intentionally for a number of "audiophile purist" reasons
I guess I can see this point to some extent...you've read it right here on this forum - a person that is looking for
- a warmer sounding speaker
- a speaker with a more dominant mid or high end
- a cable that will improve a specific frequency range
They may spend $$$ to replace a component, cable or speakers when an EQ might just do the job.
Having said that, I believe all electronic components colour the sound - so introducing yet another component into the audio path, simply to augment a frequency range is not something I'd consider to be the best approach.
Not to mention the cost of all the additional cables.