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    Coincidentally I just got this from my daily Paul's post email from PS audio...

    Wandering the halls of an audio show it’s always stunning to me how different the same music sounds.

    How can we say there exists a reference?

    If we’re so bold as to suggest there*is*a reference, like that of the sound of live unamplified music in acoustic space, how do we justify the major differences in audio system reproduction?

    Could it be that as a group we’re so far away from the true reference that our meager attempts are laughable at best? Or is it that we all hear differently? That what sounds right to me doesn’t sound right to you?

    If this were true then a hundred people enjoying a concert would all hear something different. We’d have trouble agreeing that it sounded real, yet that doesn’t happen.

    Or does it?

    Could it be that because we’re actually*at*the concert no one would be silly enough to openly question whether it was actually live or not—yet none hear the same thing?

    I don’t suppose there’s a way to easily answer this question but I suspect if we compared listening notes there would be as much divergence of sound quality per listener at a live concert as we do in a reproduction setting.

    I would wager that the only real reference is what’s inside your head.



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    yeah thats another good un Gaz..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    Coincidentally I just got this from my daily Paul's post email from PS audio...

    Wandering the halls of an audio show it’s always stunning to me how different the same music sounds.
    That's true, sometimes swapping my many cd players in and out I'm amazed at how differently the same recording is presented. Of course quality and presentation are two different things that often get confused, especially with digital sources.


    Personally it is the quality of the music and the performance that I am interested in. The quality of the recording does not bother me. It is what it is. I'd rather have the original release than a re-master that someone has tried to jazz up to sound 'better.' I want that snapshot in time. On a good system any professional recording will be perfectly listenable.
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