Objectively speaking, if you don't subjectively like the sound of your system, you are wasting your time.
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- 51 posts total
Life is never easy.
Try as we may there just always seem to be too many variables at play for any lasting peace of mind.
Perhaps something is amiss in the human condition?
Or perhaps we’re just biologically built to endlessly go forwards, endlessly competing whilst forever seeking beauty, peace and perfection in some inscrutable Darwinian cycle?
Is there any wonder that so many of us still cherish the thought of a less complicated afterlife even though it’s quite beyond us to imagine how that would work out.
Now let’s imagine something a little easier, shall we?
How about this?
An audiophile walks into a dealers and asks for a loudspeaker that has full bandwidth dynamics, zero cabinet/panel resonances, a point source output with perfect omnidirectional sound and imagery, a ruler flat frequency response and a life-like instant transient response with no smearing whatsoever and with a real world instrumental timbre?
Perhaps something like this?
"I’m sorry sir, but we don’t currently have anything of the sort in loudspeakers, our loudspeakers are all hopelessly flawed in one significant way or another, but perhaps sir might care to visit our headphone department...?"
'Research proved that in a live musical environment, approximately 30% of what we hear is direct sound while 70% is reflected from walls, ceilings and floors and only reaches our ears a few milliseconds after the direct sound.
The human brain uses direct sound for identification and to calculate location, but uses reflected sound to determine musicality and spaciousness, as well as direction.'
Definitely something worth knowing.
This probably explains why the venue matters so much at concerts.
I wonder what the ratio is in most domestic arrangements?
I guess a lot must also depend upon the distance you're sat from your loudspeakers.
"I ask myself all the time why do I enjoy my boombox at work? Never even give "sound quality" a thought. But dislike (somewhere between tolerate / listen through the audiophile smog to hate) my home stereo?
Is it expectations based on price?"
Yes, I'd say so. It's natural to expect something that costs many many times more to perform considerably better. That's the reason why I usually wait a while before watching highly rated new films or listening to '5 Star' reviewed albums.
Otherwise they're usually a disappointment. They're bound to be.
"Is it that a cheap, but well balanced, system beats an expensive one if something is off?"
Yes, always. Sometimes you can learn to hear through defects, mainly by focusing on strengths, but sometimes you just can't.
"Does the home stereo reveal too much or is interaction with the room a problem?"
Well, yes, resolution can be a double edged sword as anyone who's a fan of selfies might tell you. Apparently there are still loudspeakers out there that have the infamous BBC/Gundry dip around the 2kHz mark to deliberately soften the sound a little.
I've never had room problems, probably because I've never had speakers that could go down low enough, but I think it's also undeniable that some rooms are just better (more lively?) than others.
I can remember from my days of amateur radio how most studio microphones would improve the sound of the presenters voice, especially whilst they were sat in a tiny room.
None of them actually sounded like that in real life.
And no one sounds the same outdoors.