Originally Posted by craigsub
Good music has emotional impact, and some speakers are better than others at conveying the emotion in the music.
To date, a pair of properly set up Klipsch Heritage are some of the best I have heard at doing this.
Unfortunately, NHT's, while measuring well, are some of the worst, in terms of recreating emotional impact.
Try listening to a live jazz ensemble, then listening to Klipschhorns, and most listeners will "get it".
Okay, I know I probably shouldn't fuel this fire, but I just don't get this concept of a speaker conveying soul / emotional impact. Without a doubt, music is a soulful and emotional art form (that is what I love about it), but how exactly does a speaker designer / engineer go about creating a speaker with emotional impact? If the speaker designer does his best to achieve flat frequency response, low distortion, broad dispersion, good transient response, etc. and he listens to his design and says to himself, "you know this measures well and sounds good, but it just doesn't convey the soul of the music." How does he quantify that deficiency so that he can modify the design to give the speaker more soul? Surely the speakers that do convey emotional content well have to have some measurable quality that allows them to do this. Otherwise, their design is just luck of the draw and that speaker designer / company is going to have a one-hit wonder on their hands.
I have certainly heard systems that make a recording sound more realistic; more like the performer is in the room, or the like the listener has been transported to the venue. However, it seems to me that the emotional impact is purely a result of the performance, not the speakers or the rest of the sound system.
Frankly, if a song moves me, it is going to do that on my car stereo, my table top radio or my home system. It is just going to sound a hell of a lot more like the real thing on my home system.
Maybe this is just a matter of semantics and we are talking about the same thing. Is what I call realism, the same as what you call emotional impact?