Originally Posted by MitchFlorida
Originally Posted by Gizmologist
the mere presence of any tone control or EQ in the audio chain means that there is already some coloration of the audio. .
My receiver has a Tone Direct setting means that there is no coloration of the audio.
I think you mean to say that ".. receiver has a Tone Direct setting means that there is no coloration of the audio through the receiver
." which I agree with.
However your entire audio system includes other influences that do color the audio. They include:
(1) The studio, microphones and techniques used to make the original recording.
(2) Audio production of the recording through the creation of the finished recording
(3) Possible coloration by the media that the recording was delivered to you on
(4) Coloration by the player during playback
Some of these influences are small such as (4) if you are using a good digital player.
Others like (1), (2), (5) and (6) can be huge
To color the audio is like adjusting the colors and shades of the Mona Lisa or Rembrandt .. you do not touch those.
There are a number of big differences between a painting and a recording.
One huge difference is the fact that we can look directly on the painting and see it as it is. We have no way to do something comparable to recordings.
A second difference is that we generally treat paintings like they are the entity that we want to have reproduced. Many listeners don't want to hear the recording nearly as much as they want to hear the original performance. I know of nobody who looks at the Mona Lisa and expects to see a living, breathing person.