Originally Posted by Nuance
I think that happens to all of us...or at least common sense tells us it should.
When it does, I throw on something that is very well recorded and my doubts vanish as the hair on the back of my neck stands up and a huge smirk appears on my face. Those moments are priceless to any music lover!
But ... it leaves us with Tim's initial post then ...
Do I have to listen to only the very best recordings
in my collection, or can enjoy ... music, music that I like,
even if it happens to be an average or lesser recording?
If yes, is there any way I can maximize the experience
of the lesser recordings, for my benefit?
My rant is as follows ...
First, they took our bass and treble knobs from us, along
with the loudness button. All for the sake of audio 'purity'.
What's 'pure'? Which recording, even among the very best?
EG: I have many Herbie Hancock recordings, most of which
I would classify as 'very good', or better. At least one of them
( Gershwin's World ) is so bass-heavy as to be annoying, by contrast
with all his other recordings I happen to own.
Thankfully, iTunes simple and brute force EQ allows me to push back the bass
on that recording, lock in the settings, and at least enjoy it.
Sure, it's not 'pure' then, but I would argue that in fact it never was,
and no recording possibly could be. Unless we have a hard and fast
definition of 'pure'. I'm not holding my breath waiting for that