"In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency"."
Oooooh. We cannot be more different. Museums take great care in the lighting made available to view paintings. Some have sunlights, some have full spectrum lighting, others, not so great. If one cannot see a Dutch realist painting under the sunlight in Holland, you cannot see the painting as the painter saw it. Colors do not pop the same at the equator, in the northern regions et all. At home, if one has the finances to do so, I recommend full spectrum lighting for art viewing. Halogens and standard LED, meh.
No reproduction is absolutely accurate. That is a myth. Most popular modern music and recordings have no real world sound. They are mostly created in the digital domain rendered by whatever the artist has. There is no reproducing the same accurately for all recordings. That endeavor would be costly and fool hardy.
I was a concert tech. Most concerts (The Grateful Dead is one of the exceptions), the artists show up and play music. I have not seen one artist go to stadium seating and have the sound tweaked. It is what it is. Whatever the tech stack plays, thats what it is. Is that what the artist hears on intends to render, no. It is what it is.
In recording, what is heard in the studio is never the same as what's heard in the booth. That is absolute truth. What is heard at home, is even further. Considering a of lot modern recordings are tweaked by the producer to sound how they want it to sound with the most popular playback mediums, the recording itself is not accurate to the artist.
Lastly, my personal tastes in playback were formed from my experiences. I have been in small gatherings with live opera singer and small bands. Garden parties, ballrooms, clubs, home band practices, and large concerts. My memory of what I know how music and instruments should sound like is what dictates how I contour the sound on my rig. If another person wants to go chase charts, thats great. But it is really astounding how such a general statement encompassing the hobby is put out as absolute truth based on a coined term "High Fidelity". On the contrary, high fidelity is a benchmark that should be used as a guide, but still have the flexibility to round off or sharpen the corners. A totally rigid and inflexible attitude to playback sucks the fun out of it. Pass.
Last edited by bing!; 06-05-2019 at 10:29 AM.