Yesterday I visited a local audio guy who bought new speakers and for all intended purposes new amplifiers: I wanted to see what Sound he got. I did not like his Sound I literally did not acknowledge the visit as any audio experience. Very few people (as usually!) will understand where I am coming from it so I need to explain it.
It is very much not about Sound that my yesterday audio guy got in his room. You can compare his sound to live sound, to my sound; to your sound but it all is very much irrelevant. I am not taking about the absolutely quality of sound he got, even though it might be much criticized. The problem that I have that his sound was not HIS Sound but just investment into a pair of loudspeakers. Any loudspeakers connected to voltage source will give sound. We fancy ourselves that different loudspeakers and different qualities of voltages will give different sound quality and this is true. Still, different Sound that is derivative of loudspeakers or amplifiers characteristics is a permanent fixed characteristic. It is like taking a violin and specifying that bow need to be moved at fix angle and fix pressure for the prescribed distance across the given string. There is nothing wrong to inherent the sonic capacity of a given audio element but still in the way how I see it the audio element are juts tools to shape the sound, not the crouches to get sound. My yesterday audio guy just got new speakers and he feel that it is enough as some sounds change compare to what he had before and he feel that the mission is accomplished. It might be so for him but it is very much not to me as my definition of practicing audio implies not to get Sound that “juts happened“ but to get Sound that I intend. Therefore I did not feel that the result that I hear yesterday were any audio invent. It was just another loudspeaker that sound in complete consistency to one topology and there was no visible affords to make any Authored Sound with them, of any anything in that playback.
I need to say that intention to go for Authored Sound has absolutely no relation to money, complexity or elaborateness of playback. The personality in Sound might be expressed in ½ million dollar installation as well as in $50 table radio; it might be expressed by DIY, custom-ordered or commercially-available audio. In a way it is absolutely irrelevant what kind audio is use and even what kind absolute result is obtained. What is relevant however is that playback demonstrates capacity that overwrites own topology and deliver the custom expectations. There are very few people out there who practice audio at this level when playback efforts demonstrate own inters in Sound. There are also very view people who can read custom intends and understand where playback Sound is derivative from combination of drivers and active stages and where playback defies all rules and express something custom.
It is my feeling and believes that High-End Audio start what person use audio expressionism as expressionism. There are very few people out there who practice it and there are very few truly High-End Audio installations out there. Since the High-End Audio term is very much misused I usually use the term Authored Audio to refer to what I am saying. There are very few people would even understand what it means and if they do then they foolishly believe that it is custom-soldered amp with an autograph on its chassis…Rgs,
Romy the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche