How to determine sound signature

April 25, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

5 comments on “How to determine sound signature”

  1. Wouldn’t it be more logical to define the studio and equipment used for mixing and mastering the recorded music as reference? Thus listen to this reference and you will be able to detect the differences in sound quality when listening to your home stereo. I used to listen to the recordings made by the designer and manufacturer of my loudspeakers and then made permutations of my own stereo components. Another aspect is to listen to specific solo instruments. A violin shouldn’t sound as a viola. And a Chinese drum shouldn’t sound as a kettle drum. A tubular bell should sound different from a triangle. The biggest challenge are plucked string instruments. And then there is the huge problem of room modes to be tamed before judging instruments with deep bass.

  2. Your ears, your brain & a live reference…oh & lots of cash; in case it takes you a while to ‘get it right’.
    Or, just find a sound from your audio rig that pleases you, but remember that different recordings will
    always sound different no matter how much you futz around with the hardware…that’s just how it is.

  3. In my day, I started out with a very big RCA Victor all vacuum tube stereo concel.
    But later on in my life, I ended up with a good deal of Pioneer equipment.
    But I decided that, that wasn’t the sound that I was looking for.
    Before I tell you all what direction I went in, I will tell you about the speakers that got me close enough to the sound that I wanted.
    When it comes to speakers, I’m a very big fan of Cerwonvegga.
    But I’m also a very big fan of All tech Lancing and JBL speakers.
    And as for the electronics, I’m a very big fan of Mcintosh.
    Even daring Woodstock, both JBL and Mcintosh were both working and playing together.
    Their vacuum tube gear rocks man!

  4. One needs experience and lots of time to make educated and distinguishable comments on the various sound signatures out there. It is also a terrific to try out and sit with different sound signatures for a while, but so many just don’t have that luxury so we often trust reviewers and nice people like Paul. 😉
    All I can say is that the Harmon Target isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. 😉

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