Quote ConcertinaChap:Quote Chris Edwards:
Do you listen on a system capable of reproducing the full power of the brass section ?
I won't bore you with details, but in a word, yes
No offence, but I really doubt that......
Unless you happen to listen on something truly daft... like a 50KW high quality full range PA (figure off the top of head not accurately calculated)
in a room the size of, Oh, I don't know, but how about an orchestral auditorium?
seriously, the combined acoustic energy output of a serious "full sized" (that's a bit of string by the way.... the reality being rather variable... ) Orchestra is phenomenal, and the dynamic range terrifying.
i've NEVER seen any practical system for HOME listening that can even remotely approach it in direct real terms.... (mind you there are some very mad people out there running multi-KW systems in their home theatres and stuff i suppose... )
you can approach a numerical facsimile, to some extent, by dividing down the room physical volume to get the required input to a smaller space, but then you get in to the realms of small space acoustics Vs Large space... room compression, thermal adjustment, and all sorts of other factors...
the basic result being, you're never going to listen at home , and get precisely the same auditory experience as you did in the venue.
and besides, most of the time a certain amount of polishing is done...., for example, by choosing mic positions that sound "nice" and don't necessarily reflect what someone else is hearing in another part of the venue....
(and a helluva a lot more in some cases..... )
add all that to the Spectral content and psycho-acoustic experience alluded to by Hugh, (and for example, factor in the ability to "perceive , but not consciously hear " things that happen up past 20K, which are un-reproducible in the majority of delivery formats... ) and you approach the reason for your "disappointment"
Damn 0VU got in there while i was composing this politely worded and politically acceptable contribution
if you don't know who i am, i aint gonna tell you.
Edited by Max! (09/03/08 03:35 PM)