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Audio listening enjoyment: Do technical specs matter?

Rich Pell
7/27/2011 03:51 PM EDT

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re: Audio listening enjoyment: Do technical specs matter?
vperales   7/29/2011 8:37:38 AM
For me it is quite clear. Sound quality is something objective (based on the specs that define the high fidelity to the recorded material), and the listening experience is something subjective. For example, I buy lots of records, both in Vinyl and CD. When I want to buy a record, I sometimes think that that particular album will sound "better" in vinyl than in CD, altough its sound quality is worse (but I like its sound better after the vinyl "processing"). Furthermore, for me, seeing the vinyl disc spinning is also something I subjectively enjoy, having nothing to do with the sound quality.

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WKetel   7/29/2011 1:33:41 AM
My preference for sound systems has always been of the more objective persuasion, that is, generically "high fidelity", in my terms, low total distortion plus flat frequency response. That defines an acceptable system. Now some music is recorded with a great deal of "coloration", including frequency-dependent harmonic distortion as well as amplitude dependent distortion. BUT that should be part of how the music is produced, not how it is played back. Of course, there is another line of thinking that adjusts frequency response and various forms of distortion to a listeners own preference. That is also a valid arrangement, BUT, it should NEVER be called "high fidelity". The two are totally different, but that is OK, just never confuse the two.

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