Haute Fidelity Audio
Originally Posted by fatbottom
Hifi has no EQ. Most don't even have treble/bass controls.
and Ultra High End Audio rely on perfect rooms, acoustically treated.
If not then you can EQ the gear with ultra high end cables and AC power cords and stillpoints and all the ultra expensive devices (voodoo magic EQ) to elevate your cables, gear, and loudspeakers.
The best EQ is the most expensive cables and audio gear matching with your loudspeakers plus the room, treated.
And for the rest of us who cannot afford the best of the best then we digitally EQ our speakers inside our room with calibration and EQ systems inside our electronic gear. Not a bad alternative @ all for us poor souls of the audio addiction, in surround sound, not just stereo.
Any type of EQ, even Bass and Treble and Balance controls introduce noise.
But some of us prefer to have a balanced noise in our rooms rather than high quality pure sound without noise. But, is no noise sound more balanced than balanced noise sound? That's a choice we all make, and we can even live with both, in two different rooms of our home.
Ultra stereo clean hi-fi with the best stereo recordings from R-2-R tapes, 200gr 45rpm mastered albums, SACDs stereo, CDs, Hi-Res stereo audio from Music servers, DVD Audio, Blu-ray Audio, DSD, etc., and the best stereo gear with hi-end loudspeakers (Magico, Wilson Audio, Revel, ATC, Genelec, Rockport, Sonus Faber, etc.), Trinity DAC, hi-end turntbles, are for the ultra hi-end niche of audiophiles in serach of the best components, irregardless of money. And generally they don't use any type of digital EQ; Dirac Live Unison, Illusion, Datasat, Trinnov, Audyssey Pro, etc.
Recording music studios have also their own philosophies on sound quality; from the microphones used, their positioning, the musicians with who they like to work, the recording gear they use, the tricks of the business, the sometimes magic accidents, the monitors used, etc.
But, more and more in the world we now live in they, few smart people, are coming together and starting to marry the latest technologies with the old gold standards of audio.
There is a new class of audiophiles developing out there, and they work together with the best music recording studios.
We are much better off today than we were twenty years ago. But! Twenty years ago there was some great gear made, and some of the great music recordings came from master tapes done sixty years ago.
Today the loudspeakers are getting so much better; drivers, enclosures, crossovers, etc.
Some measured speakers @ the NRC facilities are simply amazing today.
Put those in well acoustically treated rooms and ...
But also, more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits from digital equalization of the best sophisticated EQ systems out there (Dirac Live, Datasat, Trinnov, etc.). Our computers are getting more and more involved with our music listening. ...In both stereo and multichannel.
And high resolution audio is no more limited to music stereo only, but to multichannel movie soundtracks as well. ...And multichannel music DSD that are available as audio files we can download from the trusty sources, and from the smart record labels who released them recordings on SACDs and CDs.
* For an affordable piece of electronic audio, in a modest home theater room, or living room, I am much more inclined towards Audyssey (MultEQ and MultEQ XT and MultEQ XT32) than AccuEQ which I never tried but which does not EQ the front main channels and LFE/bass/sub channel.
Common sense is telling me more than I need to know.
But I always remain open, because after all it is my sound in my room to my ears. ...And with the material of my choosing. ...Music mediums and movie mediums.