I’ve been working on dialing in a new pair of speakers. One quality in music that I’ve found helpful for gauging if I’m headed in the right direction is to listen to music that carries instrument noises… bass/guitar string farts, piano key presses and creaks, lip smacks, etc. I find these sounds really bring out the “liveness” of the music when heard in the right proportion and with the right tone and weight.
It’s been tough finding good examples, so I’d like to share a couple I’ve found that, with the right configuration of my cables, tubes and other tweaks, I’ve found to sound lifelike.
When these noises aren’t right, the sound feels distant, an OK facsimile. When they’re right, they’re right there in the room.
Please share your picks.