ld wrote:Well, at least you're acknowledging that such things can make a difference, steve195527. This is what Zappa chose to inscribe on the sleevenotes for Drowning Witch :
"This album has been engineered to sound correct on JBL 4311 speakers or an equivalent...(..).... F.Z."
With vinyl, practical production and mastering decisions applied. Variously, through the era, and in some cases specifically tailored to contemporary playback styli. In any event, a certain authenticity or quite subtle 'rightness' can be the result, to my ear. And let's not forget these include top quality recordings, arguably numbering the best there have ever been. It's a matter of what was anticipated to be used for playback at the time of mastering.
Lol got the album:-that's what I was getting at,the problem is hi-fi isn't really hi-fi is it?most folk put together a system to get the sound "they like":-if it was put together to be a true"hi-Fi" they should all sound the same in the same environment,ie reproducing things accurately,I doubt very few listeners go down that route
Zappa was actually giving to little info:-he should have specified arm/cartridge combo,the accuracy of the riaa equalisation expected,how far from side/back walls speakers should be positioned etc etc etc:-far too many variables to just specify speaker type