In yesterday's post about critical listening I suggested that was a needed skill to get us in a good enough place to where we can relax and enjoy the music.
But then, there's the opposite. What happens when you crank up the rig and something's obviously not right? No critical listening skills needed. Perhaps there's a bit of hardness or an irritating glare that seems to track everything you listen to.
If you're like me, that fault is a show stopper. Not only can't I relax and enjoy the music, now I become obsessed with finding and removing the culprit. The problem is sometimes so obvious that it's all I can think about, all I hear.
I am not sure how to even classify this state of affairs and fortunately, it's been a good amount of time since I've had to deal with something like this.
But, the memory is indelibly etched.
If you're having this constant problem in your system hopefully you can take the time and effort to narrow down the cause—discover which component or cable is the culprit.
Like a nagging fly trapped in the car with you, it's always best to take the time to fix the problem rather than trying to figure out a way to live with it.
Life's too short to be irritated.