Originally Posted by Scotth3886
True, a time or two I've stated my preference is 'real music in a real space played by real musicians on real musical instruments', BUT I do enjoy a lot of electronica except EDM (despise, hate loath) and have since the earliest Kraftwerk days. I'll take dub step, dancehall, dark ambient, Jamaican dub, even some hop hip plus others as some of the created spatial effects are quite cool. Much of the 'assembled' music using instruments is unlistenable and unfortunately that includes most pop. My music room is sadly in the basement and has 7 1/2' ceilings so I need to sit near the floor so I get some of the height and overhead effects that the system can do.
I don't find the emphasized line true, but I grew up listening to it, so....maybe I am just used to it. Plus, I still find something redeeming in a lot of it, and, IMO at least, things seem to be getting better! For example, I put on the first few tracks off the new Post Malone album last night (before the clock ticked 2:30am and I had to hit the sack after getting about 12 hours total sleep for the past three days, lol) and it sounded fantastic on my system. So much so that I planned to go to bed after the first track and kept listening. I would have kept on listening past that, even, if my wife didn't text me to go to bed, lol. His previous album has been through my speakers many nights and it has many little details everywhere throughout the record, too. You could say it's all derivative, containing many of the "typical" samples from that genre, but...I don't mind.
I also have a 7'6" ceiling height (tiles) in my basement and occasionally I'll run across a recording that throws a wall-of-sound from floor to ceiling. It can be overwhelming, though, and I don't always like it. Heck, the first time I put on Radiohead's remastered version of OK Computer
I felt like I was being washed over with sound. I had never heard stuff so big and tall and beside such little details, too; like the robot voice saying "I am a paranoid android" -- it was this little, tiny, thing in the right hand side surrounded by so much other stuff that it was perfectly clear to hear it there, but almost like I had to play it back dozens of times to convince myself I wasn't crazy. Oddly, it was the first time I'd ever heard the album on my system, and the first time in a long time I'd heard it at all, so I didn't even recollect that voice was there. Of course, on, say, my cellphone that robot voice is present and clear, but it has no...character. Rather, it's just splattered on top of everything else and you don't get any sense of space. On my basement system it seemed like it was this little gem hanging out within a massive wall of sound.
That said, I suppose on occasion all that sound makes it harder (for me at least) to pick everything out. It's like being in a crowded restaurant with everyone talking around me and trying to pick out a single voice. I just can't do it. My ears probably suck, though, from many years of abuse.
Anyway...too far off-topic, I suppose. But, I love my M2s! Whatever the science did for them, I'm super grateful. In my absurdly less-than-ideal room, they do ridiculous things! I'm sure if I put a bit more time and effort into treatments it'd be even crazier, but...I need to find the time. Funny how making the money to support my hobbies takes up much of the time I have to indulge in them