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My go to evening music is Female vocals with Jazz trio...Piano, Standup & drum. It is no wonder I like to listen to Dipole Planar transducers because they, to my ears, are the best to recreate this sound all other things equal. High Res has been able to get me pretty close to hearing the Piano in the room. I think it is not an easy challenge to reproduce a section of violins...though that may have a lot to do with the recording?
This was always my opinion as well. Two systems, all things being equal (best of the best), one being analog, and one being digital: The analog one will reproduce the analog recording better, and the digital will reproduce the digital signal better.Currently in my system, even digitally recorded material sounds better on my analog rig. BUT, we'll see if that's still the case when I receive my new DAC.Recently I've re-watched all the Peter Ledermann Soundsmith videos, and he quoted a find from an Ortofon engineer, that a stylus can track and accurately reproduce a sound from groove displacement as small as .005 microns, or 50 hydrocarbon molecules, and can be "easily heard". This was with an "average" stylus. So better stylus for instance he believes it will be about 20 molecules will be easily heard, and of course smaller could be heard as well, but not "easily".... If you then take that and assume this is a "step" or cut of sound in a digital domain of a 24bit/48khz recording, it would be somewhere around 100 TIMES the resolution of the 24bit stream.... something that simply blows my mind... vinyl should not work at least as well as it does.But if this was recorded using a digital signal, of course it wouldn't be the case, as you'd have the "steps" of the recording in the record groove itself. And again, back to "all things being equal" it then SHOULD sound better on a digital system IMO.
The problem is no one knows how to record the piano. They do not know how to record a cymbal crash either.Especially, in stereo.
the Wanamaker/Macy pipe organ.
Or any organ for that manner. If you've ever heard a live Hammond/Leslie in a concert hall, then went back to your system and put on a recording of a Hammond/Leslie combo you will immediately laugh, because it sounds like a toy compared to the real thing.
I've had the privilege to conduct some fine musicians, so I'm afraid I'll never get the same sonic experience from an audio system.
Weird.. my system reproduces piano quite convincingly to my ears. That's the 1 thing I can say it does better than most others. However, everything else... I can tell it's fake. I guess that's why I like electronica with real piano layered on top (Radiohead, Coldplay, etc.)... Which begs the question.. do you gravitate to music that plays well on your system now... or do you try to find gear that matches what you want to hear. Or are you always in that continuum? forever!
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