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'Colouration', what is it and is it so bad!?

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G'day all, I was listening to a bit of Hendrix today with my Bruce Heran op amp phono stage plugged in and once again I was a bit stunned at how good and musically 'sweet' it sounds. 

 

Did I say 'sweet'?  Yes, so does that mean that there is some possibly euphonic musical 'colouration' in there somewhere?  Well I don't really think so but the word 'sweet' does often come to mind when I use it.  So maybe there is.  In any case it does sound wonderful so if it is colouration, is that necessarily a bad thing? :unsure:  Regards, Felix. 

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The ideal sound reproduction from any component or system is being as neutral and as close as possible to the original recording. Not 100% possible but some have been close with the "wire with a gain" approach with some components (think studio's with monitors etc). 

 

Some see coloration as a bad thing, while others not so much. But it's evident with digital audio over the past decade manufacturers have been going with the brighter sound = more neutral curve approach especially with DAC's (think ESS Sabre'ish sound but even that D/A chip has its own flaws on its own).

 

Amplifiers slightly the same as well, unlike stuff from the 60-80's. Digital stuff started to see changes around the mid 90's. 

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As far as I know...........................Hendrix was born that colour.

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You need the right palette of colours, but the mix of what that palette contains is often different for different folks..

 

Some like shades of gray...

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G'day all, che!  Regards, Felix. 

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You need the right palette of colours, but the mix of what that palette contains is often different for different folks..

 

Some like shades of gray...

 

I prefer my gray to be grey

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Did I say 'sweet'?  Yes, so does that mean that there is some possibly euphonic musical 'colouration' in there somewhere?  Well I don't really think so but the word 'sweet' does often come to mind when I use it.  So maybe there is.  In any case it does sound wonderful so if it is colouration, is that necessarily a bad thing? :unsure:  Regards, Felix. 

 

 

Hi Felix, this thread is almost a replay of one you started a while back

 

And there was a longer more in-depth discussion on the topic if you want to check that out too.

 

cheers

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I prefer my gray to be grey

Cool, you agree :)

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G'day all, it's always good to know that there is always someone out here to 'remind' me when I 'revisit' subjects.  I sure do 'appreciate' that.  My many posts must get read after all.  Regards, Felix.   

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@@Newman, search 'Bruce Heran' in this forum to find an amazing 41 other threads on the topic!? ...it's all good fun mate. Happy reading. ;)

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