Paul answers an interesting question in this video. “Does high end audio limit musical choices?”
The jest of the video suggests that it does. So what if anything can be done to help off set the negative impact of a higher resolution system, that is too revealing of substandard or so so recording?
After recently upgrading to all new electronics…DMP, DSD, and BHK 250, I’ve been delighted at how magnificent my “good” recording sound, and even some that I previously thought weren’t all that great. On the other hand, there are some recording that I thought were pretty good, and that I enjoyed immensely, like Alan Parson’s Mobile Fidelity master recording of “The Allan Parsons Project”, along with Chicago Transit Authority", and Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century”, that now rub me the wrong way, because I’m now hearing some hotspots in the recordings, that apparently weren’t as noticeable before. So higher resolution components are either revealing the weaknesses in the recordings, or possibly other weak links in the system, such as cabling. Or another possibility is, the lack of tubes in the front end. Although I wasn’t using a preamp previously, my CD player had a tube output stage, which i believe helped add a degree of musicality to BOTH good and so so recordings.
Have others found that by adding a good tube preamp, or hybrid like the BHK, that the level of musicality increased in both good and bad recording? Or does it add to the problem that increased resolution can bring, by revealing the shortcomings of bad recordings?
Would be interested in hearing others thoughts on this topic, and what if anything you may have done to help offset the negative impact of a system that is “TOO” revealing of less than ideal recordings.