I’m sure we all have those extra special CD’s or records that give us that special something, whether it’s getting the air guitar out, shed the odd tear or start singing at the top of our voices. It’s why we buy our hi-fi, what music is all about & it’s called emotion. But can hearing every last detail on your favourite CD sometimes mask that inherent emotion in the music?
The reason I ask this is because 2 years ago I changed my speakers from an elderly pair of MA studio 6’s to a great pair of Spendor S3/5R2’s. The Spendors dig out detail in the music that the MA’s could only hint at & I love them. Yet there are certain CD’s (those special ones) that sometimes seem to have lost some of their original magic. Sure, I can hear nuances & notes I never realised were there but sometimes that original emotional clout can be missing. Beth Gibbons “out of season” is a classic example. I can now hear the intricacies of Rustin Man’s instrumental work in exquisite detail but to my ears & more importantly to my heart that original emotive soul stirring I got through the MA’s has been somehow slightly swamped.
I’d be really interested to hear of any similar speaker comparisons & any recommendations of a standmount that does the magic trick of combining detail & emotion would be gratefully received.