Re: Des Hutchinson review of Solti/Strauss operas on BD-A
Posted by Ralph Moore on December 11, 2017, 3:04 pm, in reply to "Re: Des Hutchinson review of Solti/Strauss operas on BD-A"
Edited by board administrator December 11, 2017, 3:09 pm
I do a lot of reviews for MusicWeb and elsewhere but I rarely comment beyond some general observations regarding the quality of sound, for a variety of reasons. Beyond assuming that most recent recordings will be of at least satisfactory quality, just as "historic" recordings will have sonic drawbacks, I find that most readers in my experience are more interested in the aesthetic qualities of the recording rather than its technical aspects, even though, of course, the engineering must inevitably have some impact on the listener's enjoyment. |
Another factor is that just as aesthetic responses are very subjective, so are aural preferences in sound quality and, in any case, there is such a variety of set-ups and locations for audio equipment that to try to make definitive pronouncements on these things is often to give hostages to fortune.
Speaking as an non-audiophile, I know that I listen to music on a range of different set-ups - through headphones, speakers, on my hi-fi, via my portable Bose Wave, through the laptop with earphones, in the car etc. but, in general, modern recordings remain highly enjoyable no matter what the medium, insofar as no audio system can ever approach the experience of the human ear listening live.
I try to listen to the recordings I review several times in good sound on decent equipment whatever the set-up and will make a what i hope is a helpful comment if, for example, an historic recording has been especially well remastered or the producers have employed a particular ambience; this you may see from my reviews. Nonetheless, I most definitely think Ford is right that for more specific and technical feedback, MusicWeb is not the best platform. I also know that the moment I reveal what equipment I listen on, some audiophile will make some snide remark about its inadequacy; however, they are too often people who care more about sound than music - not that I accuse anyone participating in this string of such a crass attitude.