@markprice My apologies -- I think I confused your KEF with a different model.
Passion, or ..... Precision?
In the last 2 years I have finally built what I consider to be a fairly decent System. Namely, DCS Bartok, BHK 300 mono's and KEF Ref 5 Speakers. With the introduction of Qobuz, which is all I listen to now, I find myself searching out artists or tracks that sound amazing on my rig. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and find something I really like that also sounds amazing. Streaming is brilliant for this. However, when I revert back to the music that evokes the passion in me I find that it tends to be of poorer recording quality. I'm 58 now and grew up with the 70's/80's Heavy Rock scene with bands like Sabbath, Ozzy, Rainbow, Lizzy and my beloved Status Quo etc. Their early material just doesn't 'cut it' on a high end system (IMO) and I find it more fatiguing to listen to. Modern technology and attention to detail in the recording studio has really dated some of my favourite bands to the point I find it harder to listen to them.
Does anybody else share this experience?
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Much heavy metal music is by nature compressed and with very limited dynamic range. There are certainly exceptions, but as a genre it’s loud; subtlety and nuance aren’t characteristic. Those qualities are the opposite of what many audiophiles choose for demo music.
+1 @hilde45 I think the DAC far outclasses the amps and speakers. I was just where you are @markprice. I actually owned the BHK monos with the BHK pre and the DS DAC. I first upgraded my DAC, which gave much more resolution.
But upgrading my other electronics ( I have moved through the Audionet chain) and speakers (I had BW N802s) to YG Haileys made a huge difference. The speakers were icing but the electronics made the leap.
Sure some recordings are just not as good, no doubt. But it can get much better!
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