Originally Posted by DulcetTones
One fact that I find interesting by those saying amps sound the same is that part of the argument is amps are meant to output a transparent and clean sound and not have as part of its design aspects to modify this.
Building a sonically transparent amp is not a diffciult or expensive thing to do.
Well, to be honest the same can be said about speakers
Building a sonically transparent speaker is a diffciult or imposible thing to do.
Why do you keep bringing up this straw man argument?
Apples are not oranges. Speakers are not amplifiers or CD players.
and yet they go out of their way to use different materials,crossovers,drivers,cones, etc, while also presenting slightly different sound within a model range.
A similar thing is true of ampliiers. Different circuits, different active devices, different chassis, different power levels, different design impedance loads, different power supplies, etc.
Yet we have a great many ampliers that are sonically indistinguishable from their inputs and other amplifiers, despite all the variations.
Also, you may surprised to hear that there are many loudspeakers that sound very similar despite differences in some details of their construction.
Furthermore, the use of newer or exotic materials is no guarantee of high performance. For example a friend of mine designs car audio systems. A vendor brings in a prototype high end system using some very trick-looking ceramic diaphragm speakers. Or aerogels.
It turns out that speakers made with paper diaphragms (low, mid) or polyester (tweeter) are just as durable but have wider and smoother frequency response.
Furthermore, if the speakers are about the same diameter, he can tweak the system DSP so that the prosaic and exotic sytems both sound very good and are close to being indistinguishable, despite the *failings* of the more exotic and expensive drivers.