Outer vs. inner
How important is the outer casework of your audio equipment? For me, it matters a great deal.
I want the outside to reflect what’s inside.
And yet I can just as easily turn those feelings off and enjoy the performance of a new design that’s built on top of a piece of plywood.
I suppose it comes down to expectations. If I am presented with a prototype I turn off the side of me that wants to equate inner and outer qualities.
Once I am in the mode of evaluating a complete package, my feelings toward the product are a reflection of both its inner working and outer expression of quality.
I know it’s in fashion to say “it’s all about the inner beauty” but truth be told, that’s just not true for me.
I gotta have it all.
Loudspeakers come in all flavors and sizes. In fact, I cannot think of another product category in high-end audio that comes close to the variety found in these sound producing boxes.
If we were to segregate them into broad performance categories, such as resolving power, we might make a little headway in sorting through their myriad differences.
I think it’s fair to say that, as a whole, some resolve differences in sound quality, while others smooth over those differences.
A resolving speaker is what I believe most of us wish for. Else, why would we bother with all the work and expense of building a high-performance system? We wish to unmask differences and get to the core of the hidden treasures buried in our recordings.
Yet, the notion that some speakers are resolving while others blur and hide is generally not accepted. Consider the group of engineers and sound experts that cannot hear changes many of us take for granted. It’s kind of like someone who is unable to see color arguing there is no blue.
We don’t yet have the means to rate speakers by their abilities to define subtle changes.
If we did, how might yours rate?