They are generally recording and mastering stereo music with the expectation that it will be listened to in stereo. I understand that you're not using the same speakers and aren't in the same room, but I disagree that the whole stereo baby can be thrown out with the bathwater under the guise that the audio reproduction setup isn't EXACTLY the same.Do you in fact listen to recorded music with exactly the same setup as the recording and mastering engineers? I doubt it. Studio design has gone through several different periods, with different setups dominating at different periods. Here's a good overview: https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/sos-guide-control-room-design
Some of the music you listen to was probably recorded and/or mastered in a very dry environment. Some of it was done in a lively environment. Some of it was done in a LEDE-environment. Etc. So whatever kind of setup you have in your home, it's almost guaranteed to not be exactly the same as the studio environment of all the recordings you listen to.
Studio people are also not making music on the assumption that it will be reproduced in exactly the same way as they do in their studio. They do it on the assumption that their mixes will "translate" well to a variety of setups. (arguably that has led to many bad recordings lately, given that recordings have to sound good even on crappy bluetooth speakers)
My point is that may be an illusion to believe that our setups in our own home can or should be like an abstract studio setup.
But it's of course fair to say that yes, you strive for creating a studio-ish audio environment in your home, to get as close to as you can to how the mastering engineer heard it. (if you mainly listen to pop music from the 60s, for example, you'll need a different kind of setup than if you mainly listen to current pop music)
For me that's not what hifi is about. Being a primarily acoustic music guy (jazz and classical), my goal is to get recordings and audio setups that can either
a) give me a sense of musicians playing in my own room,
b) give me a sense of sitting in a concert hall
My experience is that these two goals require different kinds of setups. For me at least.
But I have no interest in imagining that I am sitting in the chair of the mastering engineer, frankly. But I fully respect that other people may have different goals with sound reproduction!
This is about different approaches to high fidelity, audio and sound reproduction in the home, as I see it.
I completely agree.This is about different approaches to high fidelity, audio and sound reproduction in the home, as I see it.