Originally Posted by 8mile13
which reminds me...i saw this zombie movie were the zombie had to listen to smooth jazz because it made her feel at ease.
Like, SO relaxing bro...
You can't control what's on the disc. Garbage in, garbage out. Good rooms/speakers/electronics, it's a curse and a blessing... The better it is, the better good things sound, and the worse the things are, the worse the things sound. (Thanks captain obvious!
If you took the top 500 mics and could somehow all place them in front of the singer at the same location all at once,
without changing anything else. You'd get 100% completely different sounds.
It all starts with a good mic and good mic'ing techniques.
But it's all subjective, we have all heard piano's recorded in the nearfield, and farfield, and stereophonically, they all have good and bad aspects and the only thing that has changed is the positioning of the mic. The gear and room is 100% unchanged.
Every position has some nulls and some peaks, there is no perfect-position.
You could even try any array of mics and apply averaging, but I'd bet that sounds bad too.
There is just no way to fix it, record in an anechoic chamber and it will sound dead.
We've also heard bad mic'ing (clipped guitars, drums and piano's are oh so common, to the point of driving me crazy in fact!)
My system is fully active (all subs and for all the drivers in all the speakers.)
I could play with the settings for 100 years, but I don't.
I don't need to... it's good as-is.
I never touch the settings on my gear (except for master volume and bass volume.)
I'm sure I am largely biased but my system sounds like magic to me! It's really good sounding.
My system is pretty expensive and esoteric/exotic though.
For starters I have 3 grand worth of mics and 11 of the 8-channel sabre reference DAC's in my system (another 8 grand), the most recent 2017-2018 upgrades to my system, giving me up to 64 channels of discrete audio at -145db SNR and running at 24/192.
Because I use an Intel i7 8700 for the DSP, I can apply EQ and XO's down to like 0.01Hz.
It is not only in a dedicated room, it is in a dedicated building. 200amps of power just for one room.
I have puresine UPS's and SurgeX protectors on everything.
29 subwoofers. Fostex supertweeters to 50khz.
100db/watt, and soon-enough nearly 100kW on tap.
I must be approaching $100k at this point, if not a bit more...
It's cray cray. (as it should be
If we ignore companies and millionaires and the >$20k gear(s) AVS section (or Saudi trillionaires
I honestly think I might have the best-overall (middle-class civilian) audio system on the planet.
Certainly in the top 20, and climbing. If not the top 5.
So it makes total sense why I "might" enjoy the sound at this level.
That said, my projector and room isn't all that great, there is always LOTS of room for improvements...
It's a never ending battle/war against "you people", and the winner gets a chicken dinner; or a golden-donkey award, I can't tell which... (but I'm gunning for it regardless.)