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However, tubed pres with a solid state amp would be a killer combo if paired right.
are their any pointers on how to get this combination right?? can such a happy marriage be achieved by pairing tube pres with the power amp section of an integrated amp?
thank you very much...
i cannot help but comment -
that marriage is like a marriage between a vacuous female and a solid intelligent male of the human species! - will not last, and the male will seek the company of a solid female - difficult to find such females though - most are vacuous idiots
I still believe that to each his own, and personal preferences will always take preference to attaining real musical enjoyment - the goal of reaching a live performance recreation in the living room.
The goal of recreating the actual live event through two speakers is a physically impossible one, for various reasons. The best we can hope for is a copy of the front soundstage. And I did not understand why personal preferences not the same thing as achieving "real" musical enjoyment? If one does not hear the music the way one wants to, where is the enjoyment for the listener?
I dont think Cranky is referring to creation of the soundstage as much as creation of the original event in terms of tone/timbre/details. Let me put it another way, when we go to a concert where in powered/active systems are used (not unplugged) we listen to pro systems and pro speakers. How many of us will like to listen to the same event in our home with a pro system/speaker? For the musicians on this forum, this will be something they experience regularly and they may miss this "truth". For most of us, you are right that we have our own version of the musical truth and thats what we look for.
I have attended very few live concerts. In my observation ( i may be wrong) whatever i have heard is unnatural sound.
I have attended couple of concerts by Shakti and a concert by Jethro Tull and very recently a concert by Zakir Husain, Sivamani, U Srinivas, Selvaganesh & Mahadevan. My observation is more with amplified and unamplified sound of the same instruments. I found all the instruments played viz. tabla, drums, guitars, percussion, madolin etc had less body and more high frequency emphasis in their sound. In fact a two hour Jethro Tull concert made my ear bleed. My take is whatever live amplified music we hear is mostly unnatural.