Even YouTube couldn't mask the distortion.
Originally Posted by bfreedma
Even if all of that were true and they were able to capture everything accurately and you had direct access to the original recordings of the event, it still doesn't matter. All you heard were the capabilities and limitations of your system (computer and headphones).
I don't got no junk in my computer as everything was custom purchased and installed in the PC box for sonic accuracy from power supply, to sound card, to headphones and cables; transparency. My gear is much better than any normal person's hearing, including my own. If there were any limitations introduced, it would be that brought by my ears and YouTube's quality stealing compression algorithms. When I listen to test tone sweeps through the computer generated headphone system, my son yells at me from the other room for the irritation the mosquito like sounds cause, our cat immediately leaves the room while the parrot chirps in agreement from two rooms away. Despite what you might think, that's not a system "limited" in any shape, manner or form as cats and parrots don't lie. My personal limitations; >14kHz. But at 10Hz (yes, I understand harmonics and can tell the difference in 2f, 3f or 4f frequency increases), despite what some like to believe, my bass capabilities are not a limitation.
FWIW, over the many decades, I've been around the argument track of what's live vs recorded about a million times. Just saying; distortion is distortion and no matter how one tries to argue this point, the distortion was as obvious as a sunrise in the "West." Funny how easy it is to kill quality yet on-the-other-hand, how hard it is to mask distortion. A point we can all agree on, once above personally noticed distortion levels, for the most part, all that's being amplified is noise. The point, what ever my personal limitations are, the limits of my gear might be or what the sonic stealing quality of YouTube's compression algorithms might be, the distortion wasn't hidden.
Hopefully you'll let this go so as to not hijack the thread as the point I was making dealt with introduced distortion and the invalidity of the posted YouTube videos for the stated reasons.