Originally Posted by R-Audiohead
I buy the bit about audiophiles. Anyone should be able to self-proclaim it, as long as they understand that simplified definition and don't claim to be some audio god.
My beef with "musicality" is that the COMMON definition is too loose to mean anything generalyl. If someone says "they aren't musical" without defining their subjective experience of what musicality means to them, it means nothing to me. This happens more than a self-proclaimed audiophile being told they don't have the right to the title in my experience.
In short, objectifying musicality doesn't work.
I agree that music is subjective, hence why i said "i find"
There is nothing wrong with sharing interpretations, and it would make a good discussion thread imho
If i started one to help identify "musical" headphones, I would say what my interpretation of "musicality" is, and then share my collection of headphones that I think fits that description. I still think a large majority of people would have a general consensus of what musicality is, even if they are ever so slightly opinionated.
From what ive gathered..
Cold, sterile, lifeless, thin = generally considered less musical
Warm, low frequency colored, thick = generally considered more musical
I think it has to do with how the ear interprets sound from loud speakers and/or real instruments. They tend to have more "body" and "thud" in real life. For example, some pairs of loud speakers that, on paper, have a flat response can still be audibly recognized to have a completely different frequency response to the human ear. I read a really good thread on Human vs Machine frequency interpretation but i cant remember where i saw it.
I know that myself when i go to concerts (usually rock/metal) that the bass and guitar distortion and gain really overpowers the midtones and vocals almost to the point where they are difficult to hear. I think its because the thickness of the loud bass can be "felt" in your body which makes you think there is more of it there, and why lot of people like to have saturated bass in their music.
Edited by Vonx - 10/17/11 at 8:09pm