Note to self -- MUST NOT READ posts by Kenjit.
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alexberger, where are you getting your "facts" from.
All loudspeaker designers build loudspeakers which they feel are the most accurate to the process of reproducing music especially in the high end. Each designer has their idea of what sounds real to them hence the differences in philosophy and sounds.
There have been certain market driven companies whose sound attributes are hardly natural and those are the market driven companies, think JBL, Bose, Yamaha etc.
Today there are many very respected speakers that are efficient, very smooth in the top end with excellent bass and great dynamics, think Wilson, Devore. to name just two.
As per your Altec choice, big horns sound totally different, if you are interested in capturing a very live feel to your sound then this type of speaker will be an ear opening experience.
For others such speakers sound peaky, and highly colored.
Jeeps over Audis is fine, if you like to go off roading, personally would take the superior construction and driving attributes of a fine Audi.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
As we all know, live music, in and of itself doesn't always sound good...so, in my mind, live music, per se, is not the target. But, there are aspects of live music that can be pleasing...examples might include dynamics, sound stage size, tone, etc.
Stereophile makes an interesting observation in this article about what tweaks different people's ears/brains differently... and hence may enhance their listening pleasures differently...or detract from them differently.. https://www.stereophile.com/content/subjective-loudspeaker-testing
I would add to their observation that in many cases, people's taste in music as well as their listening rooms devoted to music change over times...and these changes will often require loudspeaker/equipment tweaking to restore sonic bliss.
As a side note...I have a buddy and for the past 10 years he has had a Bose music system linked to a music server and he probably knows every word to all 1700 songs and can "name that tune" within a few notes. He loves music...but he especially loves music loud (at least too loud for me) and could care less about tonal quality, live reproduction, realistic bass, etc. He is happy and has no interest in changing anything.
Therefore, I don't see good sound as 'misrepresentation'...or as advertising slight of hand...or as an unachievable myth....like many worthwhile things in life, it is a journey...and only you can decide what you are searching for and when you are satisfied and deriving the pleasure/benefit that meets your needs.
Modern audiophiles know nothing about history of audio and recording industry.
Most of studios from 50x to the end of 70x (Abby Road, Columbia, Mastering lab studio,...) used different versions of Altec 604, 605 coaxial monitors.
So, compare modern records made using modern monitors that mostly sound horrible synthetic and the records from the golden era from 1958-66.
What I hate all these mainstream Hi-End audiophile, unmusical sound speakers like:
Focal, Dynaudio, B&W, Wilson,....
Do you know anybody who use the same pair of speakers from these producer more than 10 years?
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