Originally posted by MarcUK
fine, i'm with you, now -
you talk of certain manufacturers having a certain sound, - isn't the obvious goal of high end equipment to have a sound thats as close to the real-life experience as possible?
Doesn't a certain manufacturers 'sound' then defeat the very reason of buying this high end kit?
It's very complex. Let's say that there are a hundred ways in which a speaker can be wrong. If you can't eliminate all hundred problems, you have to select.
Some problems are dependant on other problems. Eliminate that one, and several others go away too.
Sometimes getting rid of one causes others.
It's a juggling act. The better ones can get rid of more problems than the worst ones, but not all.
Designers have their own subjectiveness. They decide that some problems are worse than others. They don't all agree. So the results are not the same.
Some deliberately change their product, not to sound better, but to convey a certain "feel".
Cary amps, for example, have been described as a tone control with gain. I certainly agree with that. But some like them. When he came to our club last to demo, we seriously disliked what we heard (didn't tell him that of course).
On the other hand, whenever Joseph Audio comes to us, we almost all very much like what we hear. But not everyone buys his stuff either.