Live vs Recorded in 2-Channel Home Audio Posted January 21, 2010 When I hear audiophiles talking about a system that sounds like a live event my normal first question is - from where in the auditorium? You can follow that up with "and which auditorium?" If you like. I have absolutely no idea what any of the recordings I own sounded like in real life - many are from the 1960's and far flung countries from me. I simply wasn't there on the night. What I can do, however, is to strive to ensure that replaying a violin (for example) on my system IN MY ROOM sounds as close as I can get it to what I regard as reality. It would appear that my assessment of what reality is must be quite close to being correct as it has been confirmed by numerous other listeners (and not just balmy audiophiles). Further, it should be stressed that this effect - so close to (apparent) reality you can taste it is hugely dependent upon the recording. Poor recordings sound like - well - poor recordings. Good ones, actually no - great ones - can give the illusion of being there. When its just you and the music till a dub dub dub sound reminds you that there is a record that needs turning over - you made it, congrats. Now you can stop spending on the system and start spending on more of those magical recordings.