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In Reply to: What causes the "wide and fat" sound on reel to reel and FM broadcasts? posted by mitch4t on October 31, 2002 at 21:06:56:
And it most certainly isn't the compression, I can dbx expand if I want. There are some FM stations around here that have that "wide and fat" sound and even give my sub a very good workout. I wish all CD's and a lot more FM stations sounded this good. And I'd like to know the answer, I have often wondered it, but just guessed it was some tube-based processor.
your dbx cannot undo a broadcast strength multiband compressor limiter.
see link for the full story, they also make spacial enhancers.
True, but it helps give some life back to some of the modern-rock stations with their almost "infinite" compression, when the dbx is used in the linear mode. Actually, the compression etc. of these stations is so annoying that it's forced me to tune around a lot more and I have discovered some pretty nice-sounding stations of various musical genres.
Unfortunately a lot of that "infinite" compression is built right into the records these days. I can't even listen to the last Black Crowes CD because it's so compressed as to be fatiging to the ears -like listneing to white noise for an hour! But that's a subject for another thread.
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