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I'm really not conveying a deliberate choice or thinking process. It's just how I've always been impacted by the sound. And I appreciate the fact that many others are not in the same way. I discovered that while I learned a considerable amount about music and audio from valuable mentors, I have different priorities than any of them. And those really haven't changed much over time.

Years ago, I visited a fellow inmate in Ohio during a business trip. My only disappointment was that it was only for an evening. He was quite the fine tuner and had a pair of tweaked Advents (my first "real" speaker as a teenager and what's found in the garage) and some JBL L110s. He played the Advents first and naturally, they sounded very familiar. With his stands and custom cabinets, I noticed better first octave bass than I was accustomed to. When we switched over to the JBLs, I heard a more neutral presentation with better top end extension. But - a big but - their inconsistent directivity created a weird hourglass shaped soundstage I immediately found distracting. It was only after I observed this that he listened further and began to understand what I perceived. He later retired them.

I cannot "un-hear" what I find compromises coherency and thus realism to these ears.


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