The overshadowing dilemma

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There are abundant chestnuts that cover today’s subject. Perhaps the best is not being able to see the forest for the trees. When we’re so involved in the details we often miss the bigger picture.

I’ve more than a few times been so focused on listening for music’s tiny details that I missed the fact the channels are reversed.

And then there are times I am so enamored with a particular overshadowing characteristic like dynamics that I miss the absence of small musical details.

Which is why we need to take time when evaluating equipment.

How often have I made a snap judgment that turned out to be incorrect? More times than I care to admit.

It’s easy to focus on one aspect or another of the sound. It’s harder to let some time pass before returning to an evaluation so that we can let go our immediate bias and relax around the overall presentation.

It’s easy to be quick with judging a product’s synergy within the system, but it takes patience and resolve to spend the time necessary sussing out all that is right and wrong with new gear.

Take your time.