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In the Thread: About destiny of “High-End Sound”.
Post Subject: The lay of land: Alzheimerized Audio and gramophone effect.Posted by Romy the Cat on: 1/25/2007

Make an experiment. Take any of those contemporary “highly reputed playback systems” and roll of their HF and LF unit you reach gramophone bandwidth. You might narrow the bandwidth with electric (LC) filers or with mechanical filers it would not be relevant. Yes, your filtrations method will have some consequences but let discard the delta coming from the filtrations method. Now, after you did roll, the tails off you have a contemporary high-end system with bandwidth roughly between 100Hz and 7kHz. Listen what you have. Yes, you obviously will be distracted by the frequency limitations and many other factors but if you care about the music itself instead of interest of portraying of HOW music Might sound then you will be tuned to that limited bandwidth and will eventually experience less frustrations. Spend a few days listening like this and get comfortable. Listen a few other playbacks in the same “gramophone mode”, so get use to this sound. Now remove your bandwidth limiting mechanisms.

It is very interesting to observe what happens. Of course in wide bandwidth many “positive” properties will please your hearing and sound unquestionably become “better”. However, pay attention that with introduction of wider bandwidth you DID NOT gain anything that benefit your ability to “get” music. What that wider bandwidth will do is masking out the imperfections that your system had while it played the “gramophone bandwidth”. I t is not secret that most of your gramophone bandwidth sound very poor and what those “wider bandwidth extension” will be doing? They will be exactly the barrel that a person is rolling ahead himself while he is waling across a village (look for a previous post)… It is unfortunate tendency in today audio as most of the efforts of the today audio builders targeted to moderate size and nose that coming for that barrel instead of observing why that person is waling across the village and sensing where he is doing…

Let look deeper into the results that we will have with today audio in the limited “gramophone” bandwidth – the result before the “barrel masking” treatment was applied. The main problems are following:

1) Max dynamic insufficiency
2) Dynamic compression
3) Chromatic blindness and lack of tonal discrimination
4) Articulation disability

Those problems generally heavy dominating in today sound but they are not too obvious for a typical listener-moron because they are masked out by the “wide bandwidth barrel stimulators”. Those Hi-HI stimulators act like some Alzheimer dedications. The Alzheimer patients when their body movements get almost immobilized use medications that hipper-stimulate their muscle activities (the appearance of Michael J. Fox on TV for instance). Without the medications those people’s muscles would be like vegetables but induced by the mediations the people might function somehow.  So,  in today audio, instead of trying to make better the unfortunate sound inside the “gramophone” bandwidth the industry inverts new and new ways to mediate the ill sound inside of the “gramophone bandwidth” and the industry does it with different “wide bandwidth stimulators”… 

BTW, if you feel that inside of the “gramophone bandwidth” YOUR AUDIIO does well then listed the … gramophone itself. You might learn a lot….

OK, let look at the sound of those wide-bandwidth barrel-stimulators without connected them to the sound inside the “gramophone” bandwidth. It is interesting that the sound of those stimulators is kind of opposite to the limitations inside of the “gramophone range”. The stimulators mostly have:

1) Subjectively higher dynamic range by using artificial sound acceleration
2) Subjectively  expended dynamics by slaughtering harmonics
3) A perception of tonal discrimination by compartmentalizing sound into little “impactfull”  disconnected particles
4) Setting up own accents that have absolutely no relatively or connectively with musical or performing intends.

From here is very obvious how the motioned “barrel-stimulators” view by many fools as a complimentary to the problems that playbacks have in the dystrophic “gramophone range”. The process of stuffing a dead body of bad sound in “gramophone range” by the anti Alzheimer medication … it is what  the Audio Morons ™ call today as “High End audio”

The next post I will be looking into those hi-fi “stimulators” and explain why they are so “comfortably addictive” for the majority of audio public

Romy the Cat

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