Just came across this thread, on ASR, https://www.audio “science” review/forum/index.php?threads/those-of-you-who-believe-measurements-arent-the-whole-story-do-you-have-a-hypothesis-why-that-is.25416/. This has the usual round of non-thinking comments, but at least a couple of posters are putting up some interesting contributions. In particular, escksu. And, atmasphere - as a manufacturer of tube amps, he's game to want to join in, .
Just noted this one, demonstrating an nominally high performance DAC,
Unfortunately, very strong system signature - quite obviously this is playback; has a "boxed in" quality, for a start. Unlikely to be caused by the DAC - note how the backing strings lack the sheen that this part of the mix should have.
Time to crack this back open again, 😄.
Yes, what's the point? There could be a zillion answers, but my answer is to be true to the contents of a recording ... I was going to post this to that unloved thread, now gone to zombie land, but I'll do it here, instead,
Bit of a mess, eh? And, this is the remaster, from 2015!! - I've got it on a double CD from 1998 - a low cost release - sludgy, plus? ... You bet!
What should a system do to, for this?