I have been evaluating my digital collection over headphones (Sen Momentum 2) hooked up to SGCD and switching polarity in Audirvana.
So far I have discovered that more of my collection sounds better inverted versus normal. I have done so much evaluation that I can pick up if it sounds right or not within a few seconds of a guitar playing. Wrong polarity to me, the guitar sounds mid-scooped and lacking presence. Its like a ball and chain is strapped to the guitar not letting it breathe or something. Also, stage width is increased upon inversion in addition to a thickening of the guitar tone. Luckily for the most part inverting polarity benefits all instruments on most of my music, which is modern rock. Bass guitar is very noticeable. Bass presence is very different between polarity settings. In one case mid bass is almost gone which makes it difficult to follow bass tones through the decay, the other way however is very natural sounding and musical. Also, bass impact is drastically improved as well where it has alot of punch. Vocals are very different, one way the vocalist sounds a bit mid-scopped and like a recording while the other way it is eerily realistic and I can hear the breath of the voice like i’ve never heard before. They sound real
Have any of you found that a large number of your collection sounds better in inverted polarity? I have done my comparison over headphones as I feel I have much better sensitivity here compared to my polk towers. I have played a small number of tracks inverted using the remote to the SGCD and the correlation is good so far. I’m surprised i’m finding so many albums/tracks sound better inverted. I have definitely found a few split albums. And I have found artists where half of the albums sound better regular and the other inverted.