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Good spatial rendition requires that listeners sit on the centerline. Audio is a mature technology. By the early s, at the legendary Bell Laboratories, they had thought of just about everything, including multichannel stereo. The implementation keeps improving to this day, but conceptually there is very little, perhaps nothing, really new.
That I could experience only in the concert hall and not very often at that. Wide-eyed reviewers who are over and over again thunderstruck by the sound of the latest magic cable or circuit tweak are delusional. The principal determinants of sound quality in a recording produced in the last 60 years or so are the recording venue and the microphones, not the downstream technology.
The melancholy truth is that a new amplifier will not change your audio life. It may, or may not, effect a very small improvement usually not unless your old amplifier was badly designedbut the basic sound of your system will remain the same. Only a better loudspeaker can change that.
My best guess as to why the loudspeaker-comes-first principle has not prevailed in the audiophile world is that a new pair of loudspeakers tends to present a problem in interior decoration.
Swapping amplifiers is so much simpler, not to mention spouse-friendlier, and the initial level of anticipation is just as high, before the eventual letdown or denial thereof.
The transmission of electrical signals through a wire is governed by resistance, inductance, and capacitance R, L, and C. At radio frequencies the geometry of the cable begins to have certain effects. An audio signal has no idea whether it is passing through expensive or inexpensive RLC.
It retains its purity or impurity regardless. And what about the wiring inside your loudspeakers, inside your amplifiers, inside your other components? What about the miles of AC wiring from the power station to your house and inside your walls?
Only the six-foot length of the thousand-dollar power cord counts? The lack of common sense in the high-end audio market drives me to despair.
Loudspeakers are a different story. No two of them sound exactly alike, nor will they ever. All, or at least nearly all, of the conflicting claims have some validity. The trouble is that most designers have an obsessive agenda about one particular design requirement, which they then inflate above all others, marginalizing the latter.
Very few designers focus on the forest rather than the trees. The best designer is inevitably the one who has no agenda, meaning that he does not care which engineering approach works best as long as it really does.
And the design process does not stop with the anechoic optimization of the speaker. Imagine a theoretically perfect loudspeaker that has an anechoic response like a point source, producing exactly the same spherical wave front at equal levels at all frequencies. They would only be a good start, requiring further engineering.
Loudspeakers are the only sector of audio where significant improvements are still possible and can be expected.
I suspect that 1 further refinements of radiation pattern will result in the largest sonic benefits and 2 powered loudspeakers with electronic crossovers will end up being preferred to passive-crossover designs.Johannes Brahms (German: [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May – 3 April ) was a German composer and pianist of the Romantic timberdesignmag.com in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, timberdesignmag.com reputation and status as a composer are such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" .
Johannes Brahms (German: [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May – 3 April ) was a German composer and pianist of the Romantic timberdesignmag.com in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, timberdesignmag.com reputation and status as a composer are such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" .
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