Originally Posted by Stephan Mire
So if synergy doesn't exist then what is it really? Just a psychological concept? Isn't it just a fancy word for "preference"? After all, if a particular combo of gear works great for one person the combined effect is said to be "synergistic", for another it may not be the case, so the effects of synergy, if such a thing or concept exists, is not necessarily transferable.
So it's psychological, or partly psychological and maybe partly audible, or maybe not? My brain hurts just thinking about it.
There’s other variables at play. A combination of components with linear SOTA transparency will nearly always yield no change. A combination of colored components will yield a summation of their coloration. Or a direct sum of their parts, so by definition not synergy. Audio reproduction is the product of empirical cold physical science. There’s no secret sauces which when blended do anything they wouldn’t do alone but without the other.
That said there are things and practices which will color fidelity nearly always, and approaches which will change presentation with large measured effects. Those effects should always take a front seat to those things which nearly never change fidelity or at least shouldn’t, and those which do provide coloration but do so subtlety.
The following have a gargantuan impact on listening quality and or accuracy of reproduction:
1. Decisions made in studio recording mastering which will have incredible variation from track/album/artist.
2. The room you pick, it’s furnishings and or treatments.
3. The speakers you pick, and their placement.
4. The listening position you pick.
Whatever other subtle coloration some audio jewelry puts on their gear will both pale in comparison and never be able to be universally beneficial to compensate for each of the above.
Moreover if some combination of colored components are found preferred it would only be when each of the above four are constant, once one changes any benefit of a combined effect is lost. Assuming that the coloration is baked in and unadjustable it’s effect simply can’t be universally beneficial while only being beneficial in a single instance, if ever.
So, synergy as typically presented in audio reproduction is a fantasy marketing approach used to thin your wallet. There are certainly empirically measured reasons for needing to match certain components; maybe needed power for an amp to play a certain volume. Or maybe a new functionality on an AVR. Yet, if we’re honest, that’s nearly never what the audio plcebophile is referring to when they mention “synergy.”
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