Originally Posted by Uncle Erik
The better fidelity or more neutral gear tends not to get boring in time. It just conveys the music as it was intended. It doesn't grab the ear the way that euphonic equipment does, but neither do you burn out.
Amen, brotha'. An hour at a "hi-fi studio", and I'm ready to walk out. The Spanish language has a wonderful verb, empalagar, which is the feeling that you get when your tastes buds are oversaturated with sweet. Empalagar, a sensation from the taste buds, is the best word that I can use to describe the aural sensation of "hi-fi" sound. I don't do "hi-fi" for the same reason that I don't eat baclava. They both saturate the sweet sensory channel.
Nevertheless, I realize that it probably has to do with brain chemistry and exposure. Just like some people can tolerate dessert after dessert, I can imagine that for many people their brain chemistry and their exposure to "hi-fi" and phat bass has desensitized them. Finally, it is ironic, if not paradoxical, that those who most frequently claim for themselves the role of deciding what sounds good and what doesn't traditionally come from the "hi-fi" side of things. It's like a sweet tooth telling you that the cheese cake needs more sugar!
Edited by Mauricio - 3/24/12 at 8:57pm