Hugh Robjohns wrote:Arpangel wrote:When you talk about the Quads Hugh, some being better than others, do you mean better as in more neutral or more transparent?
Much more control, better dynamics, lower noise floor, lower distortion (or more transparent, if you prefer) ...If I had to admit it, I like a coloured sound...
Yes, I'd already reached that conclusion from many of your other posts! :lol:...during the 80's there were a bunch of us that disliked the movement for more detail and less coloration, we'd have things like powerful Trio amplifiers, Michell turntables, and big American speakers.
Less colouration was a good goal... the 'more detail' thing was a pain in the ear -- but it exploited the 'louder and brighter is better' response that all we humans suffer... I remember spending many hours in hi-fi shops through the 80s and 90s positively wincing at some of the stuff they were trying to tell me was good... Big American speakers of that time were pretty grim, too. Thankfully I'd already been heavily exposed to the really good stuff in the form of LS3/5As and LS5/8s and their ilk (I loved the Spendor BC1s, too!)The other lot would have things like B&W speakers, Linn Turntables and Naim amplifiers...
Never got on with Naim stuff. Liked most B&Ws and Linn was okay, if overpriced. The Thorens it was based on was better IMHO...We liked our stuff because not only did it sound amazing, but it also looked like a work of art!
:-) As always, one person's 'amazing' is another's 'brash' and lacking fidelity! That word again... :-)
A few of us were fans of KLH speakers, amazing, LS3/5A's and the like had a similar sound, I also had a pair of Spendor SP1's all of these sealers had the lovely rich velvety sound I liked, even though the LS3/5A etc were very natural sounding, they did it in a very pleasant, non-fatiguing way.