From the graph - the bass region would need a varying of boast to make it sounds 'right'. I would think that that the boast would have been done by the performing artists (e.g. the conductor adjusting the number of instruments to balance the sound scape), with some fine tuning by the recording/mixing engineers. So shouldn't the speaker response be as flat as possible?
Originally Posted by A.S.
But then what sounds flat at 40dB would have too much bass boast at 60dB. Furthermore if the sound engineer does the mixing while monitoring at 80dB, the bass would sounds thin when listened to at 40dB. What if the monitoring speakers at the mixing studio is not flat? I believe that how much bass is right, and what sounds right altogether, is pretty much a personal preference. I can imagine many rock & roll fan will not agree to Harbeth sound. The ear will get used to the irregularities of the sound reproduction system sooner or later. Music is an emotional response, and goes much deeper than mere sounds and individual notes. Beethoven was almost completely deaf by the time he composed his famous 5th symphony!
This is not to say that sound system is not important. While a world class musician can 'hear' the whole symphony by reading the scores, mere mortals like will require a very good sound system just to be able to tell the clarinet and oboe apart, not to mention hearing the counter melodies played by the second violins. I used to hate the soprano voice - it sounded horrible in low-fi system, and it took me 30 years to change my perceptions, thanks to the sweet Harbeth speakers.
?Music works upon our nervous system, our feeling of life, and creates a symphony out of our emotion. In other words, a summary of feeling is somehow gestured out of us through the impact of music, whereas a note-by-note analysis of it would have no meaning. You cannot somehow find out how music has that emotional effect. It is more magical, more arbitrary, more free than that.?
―Adi Da Samraj