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In Reply to: can someone explain the concept of PRaT and... posted by analog guy on May 9, 2007 at 16:14:11:
Take a look at Martin Colloms' seminal Stereophile article on this subject. Although it's almost 15 years old now it's still the best explanation / speculation I've seen for how some components can screw up temporal relationships in reproduced music.
i know what the concept is -- but this was meant to be a discussion of how a component can "have PRaT", which gets tossed about freely by some.
there are a myriad of ways a component can "f- up the music", such as destroying the tonal balance, making complex music sound muddled, wrecking dynamics, etc. that's a pretty obvious thing to understand...but what continues to mystify is how a component can "have PRaT".
components DO NOT possess pace, rhythm or timing. At best,they can only attempt to preserve those qualities that are still present in the recording . Gear or systems that are said to "have good PRaT" just don't screw up the temporal and dynamic relationships in music as badly as others.
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