Originally Posted by Mac The Knife
Personally, I think the issue that people like Monty miss is that when you've grown up listening to analog tape and vinyl like Fremer and most of us audiophiles (since we tend to be an older demographic), listening to digital recordings can feel like being locked in an anechoic chamber. The complete lack of any ambient noise can be very disturbing to those of us that grew up with tape hiss and turntable rumble.
I don't think Monty missed that as it relates to accurate encoding, decoding or reproduction of sound. Monty has never voiced any objections to people who prefer any type of distortion or coloration - he only objects when introducing such effects via the encoding/decoding/playback chain are stated as being better or more accurate than encoding/decoding/playback without such artifacts. There are lots of ways for recording engineers to introduce ambient effects if that's what they intend the listener to hear, and many are uncomfortable with ad-hoc remixing by introducing such effects with playback mechanisms like turntables and tapes.
The only exception I can think of to the above is if a recording engineer specifically states that their mix and master is intended only for playback via tape/turntable or other mechanism with a known coloration or distortion profile.
Also, I don't get how Sontia can make meaningful speaker corrections without room influence, and even if it did why I would want that, because I don't listen in an anechoic chamber. Put another way, I prefer corrections to factor in the effects of the entire reproduction audio system, and the room is certainly part of that for everything that reaches my ears that are reflected off any surface. If there are certain corrections that need to be made prior to the use of something like AudioLens, etc that those correction systems can't make or make poorly and that Sontia does, then I missed that in the podcast.
edit: I listened to the podcast again, and I think Sontia's stuff is intended for devices that wouldn't use AudioLens, Audyssey, etc. I can see how a HTIB or soundbar would sound much better with something like Sontia than without.Edited by pennst48 - 3/10/13 at 8:16pm