- Nov 8, 2013
I am in the process of ordering an upgraded cable between my Lumin X1 and it’s power supply. I hope that one thing makes an audible improvement.
So, who or what is doing the making?
Certainly not a piece of electronic gear or stereo component. Similarity and uniformity are products of cognition. We do not perceive homogeneity like we perceive a turntable or interconnect. It is not something existing apart from our judgement. A claim that 'tubes homogenize sound' or 'an emotional connection with music' homogenizes sound is really about homogenizing listeners! In effect claiming they all hear the same. Humans homogenize sound by listening to it. Can the discussion get any more ridiculous?
Tim, my comments about homogenized sound is in reference to individual instruments in an orchestra or big band or string Quartet sounding similar to each other in terms of tone and scale and emphasis rather than as distinct separate and different from each other.
This is why I do not think my SET amplifier homogenizes the sound, or more specifically, the individual instruments within a performance. And in no way am I generalizing about tube and solid-state amplifiers.
Do you feel tubes impart a sonic sameness to the sound of music?
to me homogenize is same as restricting harmonic differentiation
Tim, I see the same Ron Resnick bio and opening post on every page. I have seen the opening post before repeated on every page at the top of some threads, but not Ron Resnick‘s biography. I think it’s kind of strange.
I agree with your thoughts on the thread topic. It would have been more interesting to simply ask: what does homogenization mean?
Speaking as a designer, I would consider any tube product that did affect the sound in such a way to be a failure.
And speaking as a manufacturer that demonstrates my loudspeakers with what I believe to be (at least) among the finest in solid-state and tube amplification, I would say no. That is not a common characteristic today.
But are there products out there that do this? I guess so but as I said, I would quickly pass on by if that were the case because many if not most do not do that in my opinion.
That isn’t the way I read it. Generally homogenized equipment won’t play a banjo or an electric violin properly.It seems that the answer to the OP is "yes", if you read the Lampi tube-rolling threads / posts.
They change tubes (valves, please...) to change the sound so the tubes MUST be imparting a sound signature of their own.
When I think of "homogenized" music, I think of satalite radio. A compressed signal that cuts frequency extremes and samples too slowly to fully reproduce the nuances of the recorded music.I don't get how music can be homogenized. Its not like you can dump it into a blender. Even really cheap audio products make different kinds of music sound completely different... even if they do sound tinny.
As long as your system is playing some depth and has palpable imaging, its hard to imagine 'homogenization' let along experience it, even with tubes.
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