Warning: conceited system owner at work ;-)
Now, I don’t want to brag, but on Thursday night my vision of what my main hi-fi should sound like was vindicated. Oh, how it was vindicated.
Where do I start? I went to a concert at Turner Sims in Southampton. This small concert hall is blessed with fantastic acoustics, to the extent that some performers choose to forget their amps and play acoustically there.
On Thursday, it was the turn of Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim and his quartet - acoustic bassist Mats Eilertssen had the sole amplification, presumably because he was playing a (perhaps) 3/4-size touring bass.
Sitting centrally in the second row, just above ground (stage) level with the musicians arranged around me I could hear everything straight from the creators (that’s not the Creator, you’ll understand) with comparatively little reflected sound to mush things up.
There are some, of course, who like to sit at the back and luxuriate in the mush, but each to his or her own.
Closing my eyes, I suddenly realised the space occupied by the musicians was spookily similar to the space they would have occupied at home. I know we have issues of production, mixing, mastering and so on, but I have a lot of well recorded small group jazz and I know what it's like to listen to at home. Without a load of dodgy PA in the way, live and recorded sound were very much in the same bag.
I'm a very happy bunny. But what about you?