When one refers to high-end audio systems in Chicago, what exactly does the “high-end” label mean?
It can be difficult to pinpoint with any reasonable degree of accuracy what does and does not qualify as being high end. Sometimes, customers might feel as though the term refers more to the price range of the equipment than its quality. In addition, for many hardcore music fans and musicians, there is the sense that these “audiophiles” are more interested in sound than the music. While there is a little bit of truth in each of these, these are also generalizations.
As a general rule, high-end audio is audio that comes as close as possible to perfectly reproducing recorded music. One has no control over the quality of recording itself—the recording engineer and the band or singer performing the music have all of the control there. But you can control how that sound is reproduced through an audio system by purchasing high-end systems.
Therefore, the big question to ask yourself when purchasing high-end audio systems is how faithfully that system is able to reproduce a given recording, whether it is a live concert or a multi-track recording.
And yes, many times (but not always) you will need to pay more for a system that is better able to reproduce that original recording.
Good recording versus good music
Audiophiles are often criticized as being elitists or “sound snobs,” and while this is a generalization to which we should not give too much merit, it’s not hard to see why this perception exists. Many of these people cast aside recordings of high-quality music simply because they think the quality of the recording is low, and don’t want to waste their audio systems on anything other than the very highest quality recordings. There is a tendency to be biased against multi-track recordings among these people.
However, there has been some great music on multi-track recordings, and other great music with low-quality recordings. The Beatles, for example, made regular use of multi-track recording systems, and there have been some great pieces of music recorded on simple devices like a tape deck.
But you can find plenty of great recordings of great music from all genres and time periods. The late 1950s and early 1960s are often called the “Golden Age of Stereo,” and during this time there are plenty of gems you can find that will allow you to get the most out of your high-end audio system, especially jazz albums like Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.
Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re never going to find perfect sound. There are going to be imperfections both on the recording end and on the side of the audio system through which you’re listening. This is inescapable. The whole idea of purchasing high-end audio systems in Chicago is not to achieve perfection, but to give you something as close as possible to putting you right into the recording studio with your favorite musicians.
For more information, or to begin exploring some options that will boost the quality of your listening experience, visit Quintessence Audio Ltd. today.