- Jan 27, 2019
This criticism overlooks the fundamental reason for the generic prescription: that we are hearing real sound sources, such as voices and instruments, every day, and apparently, when tested, we pretty much universally prefer it when reproduced music sounds like that.
To claim you prefer it any other way is a bit like saying you don't like the sound of reality and wish it sounded different. Our brains, it seems, are hard-wired not to think like that: instead, we think the sound of reality is comfortable, and digressions induce discomfort. It's logical really.
Oh how I wish that applied to my son ;-)
We actually have a good Dynaudio car stereo system that sounds relatively neutral to my ears.
But every time I drive it after my son has used the car, I have to switch the tone controls/eq back to flat from the awful "smile" EQ he uses for his music, which is a lot of rap music.
One thing I've realized over the years is that most people who are not audiophiles never give a thought to the idea that music can actually sound "real" or "more realistic." It's just..music...they listen to it on all manner of utterly colored systems and they generally don't treat it as something they are trying to make sound "real" but simply whatever sound moves them. That's one reason so many of my guests are shocked when they hear my system. They'd never even considered music could sound "real." My son isn't trying to get his rap music to sound more like real life sounds - it's utterly artificial even though it contains voices. He just finds he's more moved by the music when he can feel the bass a pumpin' and the highs a cuttin'.
(He does, btw, also enjoy listening to my system. But I have little doubt if it were his system and he had tone controls, he'd be dialing it like he does the car stereo).