Originally Posted by s2000
On a warmer and less bright speaker the track sounds fine.
A really detailed speaker where the treble is showcased can make this song sound almost unlistenable. I love the song however and this was an observation.
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I dislike the terms "warm" and "bright" -- I think of both them as a speaker with crap tonal balance. IMO, a speaker should be neither warm nor bright; that's what a house curve is for. A speaker should have a uniform power response. If that sounds bad in one's room, fix the room (via acoustic treatment or EQ).
For example, I have a huge house curve in my system for a reason. Some may say this makes it "warm", but I find it to be tonally neutral to my hearing and it is inline with fletcher munson curves, though admittedly a "touch"
exaggerated. Since my bass is so "present", I rarely find a recording "bright". I would be surprised to go home, listen to this Imagine Dragons track, and say, "man, this is unlistenable". However, I would bet I'll hear a lot of detail in the track!
The bass lays the foundation upon which everything is built. Get it wrong and many tracks start to sound bright because the low-end that exists in the track to neutralize the brightness is "neutered". Of course, one can also get it wrong by messing up the sub-mains blend or not correcting room issues. In these cases, often the bass can sound very one-note or exceptionally peaky. This, of course, also throws off the overall tonal balance of the system; it can then make bass-heavy songs "unlistenable".
Better, with a nice even frequency response, the detail in the highs is free to stand out. It's amazing what happens when the highs are no longer masked by room / speaker issues causing poor response in other frequency ranges.
Of course, I could just have tin-ears
Originally Posted by s2000
..would you mind sharing the speakers, amp and preamp you are using? A dac if you are using one?
I'm curious as I'm in the process of testing out bookshelves and maybe a tower. Always get a lot of ideas from these forums which is cool.
I use JBL M2 mains with four 18" Seaton F18+ subs (two master, two slave units) up front and two Seaton Submerssive HP+ (one master, one slave unit, i.e., two cabinets, four 15" drivers) near-field.
I have a NAD M17v2 preamp running into two Crown iTech 5000HD amps that drive the M2s.
I use BluOS on the NAD pretty much exclusively for music unless I feel like tossing on a vinyl.
My room is in the basement of my house which is in a pretty quiet rural-ish area. My phone measures a very respectable < 30dB(A) noise floor in the room, for whatever that's worth. However, I will say, having little ambient room noise is like having a really nice black-level on a TV -- it sets the stage for everything to ride upon.
Mind you, I had this exact same system in my last house and, despite doing everything I could to tweak it within WAF, it sounded NOTHING like it does in this room! I mean, the basics were there, but having a good room with proper set up (mostly freedom to tweak setup, lol) certainly is a key factor! In fact, I had it rotated in this room and it also sounded so bad I was ready to sell every bit of it. So...gear is a big factor, room and set up a very big one, too!