Senior HTF Member
- Nov 21, 2001
James, you hit the nail on the head with this quote perfectly.
I can conceive of a system that is so close to perfection it reproduces flaws in the original recordings and you find yourself longing for better recorded materials.
You know, I recently did a $6,000 upgrade to my system, and believe me it sounds wonderful. I still long to upgrade my amp and my subwoofer however even with the awesome satisfaction my present system has given me. Why? Because there are still things my system reproduces that sound pretty bad. Could it be my room? Of course it could. But I have realized that 90% of the time it's the recording...something that I could throw thousands of dollars at and still not improve.
Trust me folks, if you have the "average" system of users on this board (high end receiver or separates, decent speakers), you will be able to tell the difference between well recorded material and crap. Brandon, put the Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" on DTS on your system and tell me if it still sounds like crap. Then put on a 1970's Kiss Remaster of "Destroyer" and tell me if you can't tell the difference.
What good is a $50,000 setup when most of todays recorded material sounds horrible. You realize this when you actually get your hands on a well recorded piece of music and you sit there and say "there it is!!! The sound I've been looking for...right under my nose this entire time!"
Honestly, it's like an Audio epyphany.