Are stero speakers required for high end audio?

June 24, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

10 comments on “Are stero speakers required for high end audio?”

  1. Your so right Paul. The fact is that 99.5% of consumers care ditty about sound quality. We are a rare bred like hod-rod enthusiasts. MQA why? not enough support to make it really worth the cost of releasing a recording, same was for SACD while it was just superb but enough sales for the major labels no so limited releases—Iphones, with music on the Bluetooth to a cheap system, or earbuds. At home digital radio perhaps XM/Sirus. My outer family members of 125 and counting, no one has a system that costs $500.00, most have a radio, some digital, others car radio and that is it. My one power cord costs more than their systems if they have one, and they are doctors, lawyers, and professionals for the most part, they have the money but never developed a interest in quality audio nor even those with the money feel it is the way they would spend their money to listen to music. In fact when they read folks will spend $200.00 a fuse, or hundreds and thousands on one power cord that really sets them off as us being foolish. Us audio lovers are a special group within to ourselves. Many have kids to raise, college they are saving for and really no disposal incomes on such things as a audio systems. Such is real life for middle America.

  2. I have found that if a home-audio system is too resolving then some older recordings can sound inferior & the musical experience for me is less than if I played it on a less resolving system…there’s definitely a balance to be found.

  3. I guess the (active) studio monitors used at Abbey Road Studios (or other renowned studios at those days) we’re not affordable for the normal music lovers. And the widebander loudspeaker integrated into the lid of my mono turntable couldn’t resolve the details captured in the recordings of songs of the Beatles as my today’s high-end loudspeakers do. And funny: today’s high-end loudspeakers costs much more than the ordinary studio monitors of today! 🙂

  4. I agree that there are some older recordings like the Pink Floyd recordings that sound great to this day. Amazing mixing of the music. Too bad Octave Records and DSD were not available to them back then it would be even better. I bought the Audiophiles Masters and Everlasting Dance from PS Audio and I want to compliment everyone there on a job well done. They sound great and I highly recommend them.

  5. We listened to some songs on the car radio (mono am) and it was the best fun. Then came fm and stuff was even better. Happened to coincide (or abetted) rock that turned serious. Fortunately those simple am radio tunes ( i.e. Do you Believe in Magic ) set me off in the pursuit of better fidelity. That and a roommate who worked in a hifi shop.
    My point is it’s all good, have fun with it all. Better sound is better, all in all. Unless it isn’t.

  6. Very cool that you interviewed Uriah Heep. Had to be early to mid 70’s. I listened to them a lot at that time. Demons & Wizards & Magicians Birthday were big. Music can get to the inner soul of people. It’s magical.

  7. My thoughts align with your comments Paul. Sure, the older recordings, more often than not, do not sound as good to me as the more recent ones. However, I still prefer to be able to squeeze as much magic as possible out of those older recordings with a highly resolving system. Sure, you more readily hear the deficiencies but fortunately my ear/brain adapts and I’m able to still enjoy listening without being mentally bogged down by critical comparison with more recent recordings.

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