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Does your stereo system ever sound bad?

direstraitsfan98

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I swear some days my system sounds really crummy. I’ll put on song after song I know is amazing and it sounds dull and uninteresting, even bad at times. Then, a day or two later I’ll get that wonderful magic sound and get totally engaged with the music again.

Am I crazy and it’s just me?

I wonder how much correlation there is to how my system sounds and my stress level. Usually I don’t even listen to music if I’m not in a good mood as it is.
 

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Try 4mL wine / kg body mass over 2-3 hours or equivalent Et-OH and see if that brings things back to center. ;)

But in seriousness, yeah... just depends how moody you are. I am no oak here, and my perception varies a lot. The quality of the recording is still always the most important factor, but alas, my system is well into diminishing returns and my room is outstanding.
 
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Perhaps not bad, but not as good. I have just replaced three large windows in my front room, from the original 3mm thick window glass to a 6mm laminated window glass. It has had a deleterious effect on the sound of my set up, I have no means of measurement, so I am talking subjectively, but it may just be me getting used to it.
 

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Yes , iv experienced this . We are the least reliable part of the HIFI chain .

Also what can happen with me is id be listening to something and enjoying it, revelling in the splendour of stereo only to change to another album and notice how ' bad ' it sounds . EQ can help a little with that but it can also make one a bit mad , changing and chasing to fix the unfixable.

I tend not to let myself be lead down this maddening rabbit hole these days . Nothing good comes of it lol
 

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Yes, stress does trigger it, but only with speakers that are more forward. I've never felt the KEF Reference 1s sound bad no matter how stressed or tired I am because of their rolled off nature. Same thing with my Hifiman HE1000s that Tyll Hertson's at Inner Fidelity used to call "floating in the clouds" because of how soft it sounded. You trade off some resolution in exchange for them not sounding bad with any music and always feeling like you're on cloud 9.
 
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My system always sounds the same regardless of my mood, intake of social intoxicants, or stress levels.

What changes radically, from one day to the next is what I feel like listening to. One day it'll be Baroque chamber music, another day Opera, a third a rousing symphony, then Cool Jazz, then vintage rock, then perhaps whatever Radio Paradise is playing.

Ditto with digital and vinyl, one day I'll just feel like playing LPs all evening, then won't touch them for another week.

Strange things, people.

S.
 

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I swear some days my system sounds really crummy. I’ll put on song after song I know is amazing and it sounds dull and uninteresting, even bad at times. Then, a day or two later I’ll get that wonderful magic sound and get totally engaged with the music again.

Am I crazy and it’s just me?

I wonder how much correlation there is to how my system sounds and my stress level. Usually I don’t even listen to music if I’m not in a good mood as it is.
Its not only you, happens to me all the time and seems to depend on stress, tiredness and previous listening levels.
This question comes often up also in audiophool forums and the typical answer is that its result of "dirty AC" at some times of day and week and you need snakeoil products to correct that. :facepalm::D
 
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I swear some days my system sounds really crummy. I’ll put on song after song I know is amazing and it sounds dull and uninteresting, even bad at times. Then, a day or two later I’ll get that wonderful magic sound and get totally engaged with the music again.

Am I crazy and it’s just me?

I wonder how much correlation there is to how my system sounds and my stress level. Usually I don’t even listen to music if I’m not in a good mood as it is.
Definitely not just you...

I'll go from system to system, without finding anything that makes me want to just sit and listen to any of them at times.

Sometimes there's too much going on in my head to really be able to listen to anything, and it's almost annoying, no matter what I'm playing.
 

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^^In which case it sounds different. Is perceived different, seems different, pick the word/s you prefer, they're words.
 

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Sometimes there's too much going on in my head to really be able to listen to anything, and it's almost annoying, no matter what I'm playing.
This is so true. Albums, songs and performances you know and love can be utterly putrid to your ears some days (or nights).

And then, another time, they can be wonderful and bring you to tears. I guess that is what it is to be human.
 

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^^In which case it sounds different. Is perceived different, seems different, pick the word/s you prefer, they're words.
No. I dont hear it different. Like the beer doesn't taste different, but sometimes I don't want to consume it.
 
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I agree with Helicopter that the source material recording quality is the major contributing factor to how the system sounds( when system is known to be high quality and can deliver). I own recordings that I want to sound good because I love the music but production quality just isn't there. Good sound systems reveal the best of the best recordings and worst of the worse.
 

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One's mental state is the primary determiner of sound quality in music. The Busch Quartet recordings of Beethoven's last quartets are sublime if one is tuned into the music. The sound quality is, objectively speaking, bad. But if one is tuned in to the music, it's heavenly. And if you're not in the mood or distracted by other voices in your head, it's another awful sounding recording from the 1930's with noisy surfaces and lots of distortion.
 

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Yes, stress does trigger it, but only with speakers that are more forward. I've never felt the KEF Reference 1s sound bad no matter how stressed or tired I am because of their rolled off nature. Same thing with my Hifiman HE1000s that Tyll Hertson's at Inner Fidelity used to call "floating in the clouds" because of how soft it sounded. You trade off some resolution in exchange for them not sounding bad with any music and always feeling like you're on cloud 9.
I agree with this. When I had more forward speakers, my enjoyment of them would fluctuate with the time of day and my mood etc. With my latest speakers, they pretty much always sound good to me, and that's with a full 10db in room tilt.
 
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