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In Reply to: RE: I don't demo my system. posted by briggs on March 17, 2017 at 05:35:21
....the lowly peasants are all aquiver....
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
- Winston Churchill
I admit to a mild troll.
The design point of my system is chamber music. Its strengths are dynamics and microdynamics, instrumental timbre, transient response, acoustics of the recording venue and other subtle parameters that are present only on recordings of serious music by small groups or individuals, using minimalist miking and mixing techniques.
This is not what most people expect in a "hi fi" demo. No thundering bass or shimmering highs -- just the music, accurately and unobtrusively presented.
I just play the music and let them conclude that there is nothing special about my system -- it does not command their attention -- but that the music is beautiful. To me, that is what it is all about.
"This is not what most people expect in a "hi fi" demo. No thundering bass or shimmering highs -- just the music, accurately and unobtrusively presented."
Last time I attended a live classical music performance (it was at Carnegie Hall), I heard a lot of thundering bass and shimmering highs. I'm not sure where is this myth that real music sounds somehow more tame than what we enjoy on a good hi fi system coming from? Live music is very muscular, dynamic, it's never 'prim and proper and buttoned up' the way some of the more 'esoteric' audiophile circles are trying to package it in their overpriced 'audiophile' releases.
I think there is a good reason why no one so far mentioned any Chesky Records releases in this thread -- they snobbishly underrepresent recorded music as something wimpy, timid, quiet, so that they could draw listeners' attention to some imaginary, barely noticeable micro-dynamics. That's bollocks.
Admittedly, I have not heard any of their lps. Have you heard any of Chesky's digital offerings? I had the opportunity to hear some their recordings played back (Hi-Rez of course) on their playback system. It was some of the most realistic sound reproduction I have heard analog or digital.
at the system. I can't comment on the speakers etc but I am partial to the front end. On some albums my XA-91ED-SAS blows my other setups away.Joe Cocker on Sheffield Steel is a good example.
If the music is real nothing else matters.
Time for more music.
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