Originally Posted by comfynumb
To be honest my ear isn't trained to dissect sound, the way some can. Now don't take this the wrong way, but I think some people and I don't mean anyone on here, take it to such an extreme that they are taking some of the enjoyment, fun, whatever you want to call it, out of music/movies. I'm guilty of trying to be perfect, and sometimes I take it to such an extreme that I've come to the realization that I'm partially ruining my musical experience. The last two nights I put several movies on, and just sat and watched and listened. I know I have the wrong center speaker (ones on the way) and my def tech sub ain't all that, yeah I want more power, but I really had fun for a change. I might not be able to tell you timbre in music from timber! Get out of the way before that tree falls on your head. But I think I fall in the same boat as Mr AcuDefTechGuy and just listen for clear sound, proper imaging and good tight bass.
I believe the key is to simply enjoy the songs and shows and not to over analyze.
My wife and I were at the theater yesterday watching the new Die Hard movie. The problem was we had a difficult time hearing the dialogue. So we couldn't enjoy the movie because the sound quality was not clear at all. And the bass was not as punchy and dynamic as I would like.
If the timbre, imaging, and soundstage is just horrible, I think anyone of us could tell and be 100% distracted.
I usually use my KEF 201/2 x 5 for 5.2 sound. But just for kicks, I like to also mix my Salon2 + KEF, TAD + KEF, & 802D2 + KEF.
Even when I'm mixing speakers, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the timbre, image, and soundstage that I could tell. The movie dialogue is crystal clear. The sound is crystal clear. And the bass kicks a$$.
My point for everyone asking the question is to try for yourself and see. Don't just take someone's word for it because they think they are experts. You have a smart brain. You have senses. You don't need a "doctorate" in speaker designs.
See for yourself. Keep in mind the importance of level matching all your speakers. If you think timbre, image, & soundstage is off and distracting, then it is off and distracting no matter what anyone says. If it sounds perfectly fine, then it's perfectly fine no matter what anyone says. It's not about who is right or wrong.
But we can all voice our experiences. And they may be all different. But that should not stop us from having a great day and sharing our experiences.