In Reply to: Re: HK audio posted by Jimbo on October 06, 1999 at 18:15:58:
: : Well, I'm just gonna comment really quick on this. True, aftermarket audio systems are generally superior (I could vouch for this because I dumped $2000 into one in my previous vehicle. But now that I'm all grown up and moving into a four door,
: : I'm content with a good (i.e. upgraded) factory system that has a 4 year warranty and is perfectly integrated with the vehicle. While I am still waiting for my 328i w/ HK (cross your fingers for next month), I have extensive experience with the Bose system in the C280. It's a very "spatial" system. What I mean is that the highs aren't crisp and the lows aren't deep, but the imaging is very, very good and the mids are great. It's a very relaxing system to listen to as opposed to my previous aftermarket system, which was incredibly crisp with the highs and deep with the lows, but gave me a headache after extended listening. I guess this means I'm getting old.
: Hi quality HI-FI never produces "listener fatigue". Anything that gives you a headache is probably not accurate sound reproduction - depending on the style of music. You are not getting old, you are becoming more discriminating.
I can't agree with you on this one. All audio systems add a little bit of inflection into the music they reproduce. Usually (for me) speakers that sound great at first but get tiring after awhile are to bright in their sound reproduction. For me the easiest speakers to listen to are the softer ones. But just because they give you a headache does not mean they are not sonically accurate. Maybe hearing the music live would give you the same headache? I know alot of the music out today gives me a headache no matter what it's played through. Just my opinion but I find in general the softest speakers are the easiest to listen to and are not anymore accurate than a bright speaker, just different. I've always found speakers to be like Ice cream......there are a lot of great ones and all are different, it's just a matter of taste.