I am one year into my “audiophile journey”. Through Paul’s video’s, I have learned so much and I am eternally in debt to him. And, If I’m posting in the wrong area, I’d like to apologize in advance. (This is my second ever post on the site here)
I have Def Tech 8080 speakers. I know that they aren’t the best audiophile speaker out there, but when I heard them for the first time in the store, I was just, blown away. I bought them that day. Since then, I have learned much more… but more questions are raised.
First - am I crazy, or does the sound stage kind of disappear if you REALLY listen to where the sound comes from? At times, I can really position things in front of me imagining a stage. But other times, when I’m really critical, I can “tune into” a particular speaker and loose that illusion. Is that normal?
Second, comparing my 8080’s for less than 5k, to a 50k pair of B&W’s at the store I bought them from, the B&Ws had a lot more detail when there were a ton of instruments. You could hear THAT particular instrument in an orchestra vs my Def Techs that blend everything together more. Having said that, the B&W’s sounded “tinny” or metallic and I didn’t like their overall tone. (I think that’s the right terminology?) My question is, can a speaker actually sound better based on what music you listen to? I do like classical music, but that’s maybe 5% of my listening. Generally speaking, I’m listening to maybe 3 to 8 instruments and one or two vocalists. Can a speaker sound better based on how much “stuff” is going on at a particular time? My speakers seem so great with smaller groups/ bands, but aren’t that hot with large scale reproduction. Is it one or the other? Are my speakers bad because they can’t do orchestra as well as a rock band?
Another way of phrasing the question is, when I upgrade to my next audiophile speaker, should I look for a speaker that’s incredible at orchestra and gets every detail right? And if I find that, should I expect it to produce as great of sound for far fewer instrumental rock banks too?
Any help and guidance is appreciated. And, I really appreciate the amazing and thoughtful comments that flourish here on PS Audio’s forum. This forum is very polite and refreshing v. other places I have read.
(I typically listen to bands or groups like ZZ Ward, U2, REM, Nirvana, going more old school Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Elvis… This could be a very long list - but I listen to smaller groups in comparison to large, full symphonies)
Thank you for any input!