Audio Passion in One Sentence
Yes. We are born with two opposing ears of incredible acoustical capacity. This is technically stereo. Despite attempts at QUAD sound and other oddities, all music since the invention of two microphones and two tracks has been recorded in stereo. The human body (ears and physiology) also has the capacity to sense soundwaves as long as 56 feet (20 hertz) or the low note on a church pipe organ. Or a short as 1.7 centimetres (20 k hertz). This is a gorgeous acoustical rainbow. But only the best equipment can give your ears this full experience of sound. High sounds on bad systems can sound shrill and poorly defined. Bad systems, earbuds, headphones have profoundly uneven energy management, booming out sounds in certain registers and even ignoring sound in others. Most cannot manage the technical challenges of low sounds, below 150 hertz. This results in the 'boombox' sound of misplaced acoustical energy typical of bluetooth speakers, portables and cheap home systems. I respect the work that artists such as Feist and many hiphop musicians expend getting the acoustical spectrum recorded precisely. Not to mention new generation classical musicians such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason. I want to hear their work accurately.