A note of thanks for your hospitality and
Thinking on our conversation, I trust that you
don't think that I think I know the way to the absolute truth in these matters.
There is none. Why anyone would think that a 6" or 8" or 15" or whatever in
whatever inch driver is going to sound exactly like a piano or guitar or
whatever is impossible for me to understand. What is in a recording is no more
the real performance than what is in a painting or a photograph is actually the
scene that is being depicted in the two dimensional art. We in the hifi
game need to acknowledge that our systems are not reproducers, they are
producers. The recording medium is not an approximation of some other
thing, it is it's own art form. And, like other art forms, it has it's own
disciplines. Painting uses charcoal, acrylic, oils, watercolors, etc. on
canvas, paper, films, etc. to produce images in styles such
as impressionism, cubism, realism, dada, etc. Audio uses electrostatic,
electro-magnetic, etc. power generators in horns, panels, sealed boxes, ported
boxes, etc. to generate sound that is dynamic or bass heavy or zingy or
occluded etc. Each is it's own art from. Each has it's own story to tell.
Whether it is fine art or pulp art is ultimately the assessment of the beholder.
It always comes down to us uns rightly know what is right and them uns wrongly
don't know crap when they hear it.
Just to show how weird this stuff can be,
when Rhythm Country and Blues was playing, I thought it was unrelenting and
I was way ready for it to be over long before it was. But, I also thought
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings was a bit on the soft side. I have no
reasoning as to why I perceive one familiar recording to be
produced on the hard side and the other on the soft side. I usually think
of Van Morrison when contemplating these matters, "It's not why, why, why, why,
it just is, it just is". Ain't this stuff fun?
For myself, I simply want to avoid the most
common pitfall in life, which is having a predetermination that your
perception and judgment will be limited to existing only within the bounds
of your current knowledge.