Originally Posted by mmiles
you said n the sentence above that I should have included in the cut you said the M2s have greater dynamics and impact and the Salon2 was more "silky".
It's just my background I suppose but what most people want to hear in thier homes is how the Jazz group sounded in the club or the gospel group sounded in church or how the Eagles sounded live or how Star Wars sounded at the cinema.
Speakers like key sound itself have signatures and characteristics by frequency range if you will but I never got, bloom, warm, air or silky.
This is not to say JBL and REVEL are not great products the indeed are. I guess it's all in the pitch no pun intended.
Yeah, I know, I hate these kinds of adjectives (pinched, silky, tubby, etc) BUT I can see why so many in the audio press rely on them. Yet they can only convey so much.
A little philosophical, but your point about recreating how a jazz trio sounds in a club / choir sounded in a church is very hard to qualify vis a vis the recording. Most of what makes music sound "live" is the echo / reverberation of the space in which the performance takes place, which only a multi-channel recording can capture. It's so sad that surround music recordings have not taken off like so many of us wish, because down that road lies the most effective way of reproducing the sound of a live performance. Multi-channel music on my JBL / Revel hybrid system sounds just glorious (and that's not just hyperbole).
The sound of STAR WARS in a theater is a much easier one to recreate, because we are talking about reproducing the sound of a recording
, not a live performance. Everything is layered onto to the soundtrack element by element and does not really represent at all the sound recorded on the set. Other than the dialogue - which requires treatment of its own - everything else only lives inside the actual movie mix. (The music score would be an exception, I suppose, but so often it gets buried under layers of sound effects).
Most music recordings are not created in the same way we would experience a live performance. With pop / rock / country music, all musicians are generally recorded separately and then placed in an artificial "space" by the mix engineer. Even classical recordings have special spot microphones dropped into the various instrumental sections so the engineer can balance it all out into the master.
On the other hand, there are some recordings that are captured with a simple two microphone setup from an idealized listening space (those on the Chesky label come to mind). In that case I would say we would
have the opportunity to compare how the live performance sounds in relation to the recording.