That’s maybe a kind of Donald Fagen/Nightfly-Dire Straits/Brothers in arms effect (I don’t say you mean that)
When they were released, they were the perfect example of never experienced transients, clean sound from a “black background” without tape or record groove hiss, just because also the impulses of the music had a quite short rise and decay time and featured the CD advantages against old record players of the time quite well.
Compared with some of the best today’s, rather “organic” digital recordings (to close the circle ), they sounded a tad “early digital”, too clean.
Can this understanding of black background bee too much? Yes.
Can the imo “real” meaning of black background be too much (the elimination of any noise to achieve more resolution and air)? Never.
If you want dark and organic you need all of these …
L ow-level detail
A nalog sounding
Until 2 years ago I wasn’t able to “hear” a few qualities associated to audiophile terms that, after hours and hours of listening pleasure, suddenly appeared very clear to me.
It has been a wonderful journey and I hope it continues longer and longer.
It would be great to have here on the forum a Member Glossary, not made by experts reviewers or people working in the industry (there are already tons of these) but something created and shared by mutual experiences of members.
It could help newbies and non veterans members to get a better idea of what they (we) can hear with a little bit of effort and trained attention.
Silky (my preferred, hands down)
Sounds right vs sounds wrong.
It’s crazy that we assign so many words to describe a something that is not real, only a facsimile.
Well said, and yes we as audiophiles tend to focus on insignificant details, missing the big picture.
Which in itself is the basis for the dilemma. In my opinion words fall short of describing art, much less so sonic attributes.
If silky is your favorite term also in acoustical experience, you need solid state class A It has other disadvantages against tubes but silky it sounds.
It’s the sheer monotony of the same people trotting out the same few dozen meaningless words decade after decade - although I assume they do as I stopped reading audio-drivel years ago.
My favourite music critic, who after 60 years of writing was never boring and often laugh-out loud funny, once referred to some music as “fearful borborygms”. Something of a tautology, as I’m not sure if there is another type of borborygm.
Yet how many have said it sounds silver?
Silver? As in bright? How could a reviewer possibly call something bright when their fee depends on the manufacturer’s advertising.
I’ve stopped my magazine subscriptions and gave the money to GoldenSound. He uses his Patreon money to buy equipment and review it critically, which includes recommendations, for example with the Denafrips Terminator+ that I was considering, not to buy it. He does it with good reasons and without using silly words.
My two remaining subscriptions are Gramophone and Jazzwise, the audio press has reached a level that I consider almost entirely beyond contempt.
Actually, with interconnects and power cables, I prefer the sound of silver.
But I get it. Steve not so much.
Could it happen one of us with ears pointed towards the speakers and eyes always looking to the chassis color?
Okay, Omega ethernet is here. If this is not organic sounding, I do not know what else could it be.
Great! Pics or it never happened, please…
Omega USB with Ethernet have great synergy; the combo can only be described as organic plus grass-fed 5A. Tasty! They have the right silver color too.
I am so glad that I have moved passed USB, I²S, AES, and LMNOP. It’s rather liberating. It’s like when your kids finally move out and don’t come back.
would likely lack consensus, more unwelcome than measurements
Imagine how so many different opinions and descriptions could be useful for newbies!
It would clear them how this audiophile world really is! - Sarcastic -