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 Two completely separate things. Which one would you like to discuss? I'm happy to discuss either, but I won't slide back and forth from one to the other. That is just obfuscation.
 Your mistake is that you are attributing your own perceptual error to error in your equipment. The problem is, you can't upgrade your ears. You need to understand what they hear if you want to feed them what they hear best.
 Why? Can you explain other than to say you subjectively hear it? I provided a detailed explanation of how auditory masking affects the attack on bass notes two times very patiently and you still say you don't understand it. Go google auditory masking and figure out what I am talking about. It's the same with soundstage. You are repeating what you heard in forums where people don't really know what they're talking about but want to sound like they do. When I was faced with...
 To answer your first question... What you are hearing and calling "decay" isn't decay at all. It's frequency response imbalance. By far, the single most common problem among transducers is frequency response, followed by distortion. Dynamics are related to how much volume a transducer can take without seizing up and clipping. But if you take a pair of headphones that are able to reproduce a full spectrum of sound at loud volumes without clipping, you can EQ them to sound...
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 No, you're thinking about it backwards. Auditory masking doesn't exist in headphones. It exists in the human ear. The headphones are just presenting sound the way they always do. The frequency response imbalances are altering our ability to hear it. If I say hello to you normally, and then say hello again as a air horn on a truck blows, the reason you can't hear it isn't because I'm not speaking. It's because the air horn is masking your ability to hear me. Again, sloppy...
 You do realize that you are posting in the sound science forum. We do that here every day!
 Wrong. My Oppo BDP-103 has vanishingly small distortion and a noise floor in the basement. Try to create a tube based blu-ray player that clean.
It does't even matter, because LP records in the real world don't contain anywhere near 60dB of dynamic range. Worrying about -60dB crosstalk in a phono cartridge is well into the range of overkill. Above 35dB isn't just hard to achieve, it's hard to hear because that is about what a good dynamic record actually produces in dynamics. What's the point of accurately reproducing the noise floor?
Decay exists, but if you want to be able to hear it, it has to exist at levels that are audible to human ears.   Frequency response imbalances can make bass sound thick and sloppy. The reason for that is auditory masking. The pluck of a bass note involves a range of frequencies covering two or three octaves. A boost down low can mask the pluck sound an octave or two higher. That results in a sloppy sounding bass. The attack of the note becomes invisible and the whole...
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