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"Trying to emulate live sound is pie in the sky"

Your closing words seem to say that the best live music is a reference that cannot be attained by the best audio system. So the best live music is the ultimate reference for audio.

There may be exceptions but the majority of musical instruments will sound far superior in tonality and dynamics than a reproduction of the same by any audio system.

Just think of all the musical instruments that could be played in your home and compare that to the reproduction of those instruments through your speakers. There is no serious comparison and with all the limitations and flaws of your audio system, your audio system is no match for real musical instruments.

In fact at some live performances, recorded music is played when the musicians and singers take a break. Even with the best sound system possible, there is no comparison between the real and facsimile, though both may be enjoyable. So enjoy both.

Perhaps some people enjoy watching football, baseball, or basketball games on their large screen television with surround sound system at home. Other people enjoy going to the games. And other people want to be actively involved and they enjoy playing in the games. These are three different experiences that provide different levels of enjoyment. So enjoy all three.

It is often said that musicians have lousy audio systems. And why not since there is no comparison. Make no mistake about it, when it comes to sonics, the finest audio system has serious limits that the real instruments do not have.

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