kink56 Posted March 16, 2018 Share Posted March 16, 2018 I understand the OP's question. Yes, every aspect of the recording process is fraught with added distortion. There are a LOT more devices in the circuit in the recording process than the playback process. However you end up with a product to play on your stereo, no matter how good or bad it is. But, that is no reason I should add even more distortions than necessary with my playback equipment. In fact the better your stereo the MORE you are going to notice the faults in the recording/mastering process. I guess we all choose what deviations from neutral we will tolerate in our systems. But if your system deviates too much from neutral, you have no standard in which to evaluate the recording you are listening to. I mean I may HATE the recording quality of the music I am listening to, but at least I want a stereo that can well REVEAL the inadequacies of said recording. I do not want a system that homogenizes the sound so that all recordings sound mediocre and pleasant. I do not want pleasant over fidelity. Do not compare two recordings of a saxophone, compare a recording of a saxophone to a real one being played in your living room. Popular music as devolved to the point where engineers and producers have video game soundtracks, and digital sampling as their reference standard and have probably never heard a real saxophone played unamplified in a real natural space. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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