While I am no expert sibilant is the result of having a peak in the upper midrange (somewhere between 3.5-6kzh).
Well designed speakers should not have sibilant issues no matter how revealing. The worst offenders I have come across are mid to lower model B&W speakers and several Sennhizer headphones. I have never had an issue on anything else.
I saw that thread too, assuming it’s the recent one about Men at Work’s “Down Under”. I have the vinyl and have played it on the Cadenza Bronze cartridge and never noticed any sibilance, which I relate to a distorted “s” sound. I brought it out and gave it a spin on my current Goldring 1042. The cymbals are very prominent and Dry, no body at all. The singer “s” sounds are slightly elevated but not distorted or distracting. Some would call that sibilant. It’s definitely in the recording/mixing.
What volume? A song that sounds great at 95 db might sound sibilant at 105 db. Most speakers can handle normal volumes but the closer you get to ‘The Who live” concert levels the. More important room treatments and component matching become.
Hello, I get it when listening to Diana Krall. As long as it doesn’t hurt my ears it doesn’t bother me. It may be a preamp issue. You could try changing you power cable on your preamps to a thicker gauge. It really makes a difference. The Puritan Classic Plus power cable is a cheep fix for this.
Sibilance to me is very different than the sound I've very rarely heard when DACs just don't seem to like a particular recording. There was a song by Halie Loren (now I can't remember) which I owned and on one DAC it would consistently distort, more like paper being crumpled. Switch DACs, problem went away.
I used to have bouts of sibilance with various recordings (Linda Ronstadt's "What's New" for sure) on Martin Logan SL3s and on Dynaudio Sapphires with the Esotar 2 tweeter.
I feel I have no sibilance ever anymore on pretty much any recording I own since moving to Raidho D2s (sealed ribbon tweeter). What is even better is that the D2's far superior resolution is simply stunning and they have opened up every recording I own over the other speakers. The greatest tweeter ever for me (and mid-woofers).
I think it comes down to overly bright speakers, probably the less expensive speakers, probably the ones you guys don’t use. I had some Energy Veritas that were horribly sibilant, same with a bunch of paradigms. Pair them with bright cables and harsh amps and as a novice you’d think “lots of detail” or “crispy” and then you find out what sibilance is…
When I bought Sonus Faber sonettos, I was using a Sonos amp and immediately noticed horrible sibilance and overall brightness. When I ditched the Sonos amp and got a NAD m10 I had silky smooth, detailed highs and never again heard any sibilance. In fact the speakers got even more detailed. I think alot of sibilance is also caused by amps that have alot of distortion in the upper hand.
I’m now kind of curious, exactly what kind of gear and recordings bring this problem out?
Its a distortion problem. If you have a problem with the setup of your phono cartridge (or its suspension is shot) you can get sibilance.
Another way this can be caused is by a bad driver in a loudspeaker. A woofer that has a shot suspension can introduce sibilance that can sound for all the world as if its caused by a tweeter. A rubbing voice coil can do this too.
I've had a variety of speakers and amps yet not encountered the issues described by @dekay above. I started with the original American pressing of the Trinity Sessions and then eventually found the the Canadian press, which is a little more immediate. Neither version had any problems, which is why the recording was popular with audiophiles. Is there some peakiness in the recording? Sure, but not the point of sibilance.