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RE: Absolutely

Headroom in a system, just like in a recording, is essential to high fidelity. It takes enormous power, even with relatively efficient speakers to produce real dynamics. A single bass drum transient can absolutely (if briefly) exaust a 500 watt amplifier feeding a moderately efficient loudspeaker

I think people clip their systems much more often than they think, and because tubes tend to soft clip, part of the growing support for tubes in the digital age is their clipping behavior.

Accurately dynamic recordings tend to annoy people, because their systems don't perform well at low volumes OR at high volumes. The volume averaging of compression is a way of addressing these limitations.

Doctor S.


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