Originally Posted by gnarlsagan
Great info guys. So basically there are good reasons for huge bass at live shows. If I want to recreate that experience in an iem then I have to have a very bass heavy iem.
One could also argue that when listening to an iem it's desirable to avoid the distortion and loudness effects of the live setting anyway...
Try as you may, but an IEM will never be able to recreate the experience.
A lot of the audiophile industry has been working towards this, to create a listening experience that gets you as close as possible to the real thing.
First of all, you need some good speakers, and secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, the acoustic treatment of the room. (I think Ethan will attest to that!)
I'm not really a fan of those rock/pop outdoor type performances, but from the classical/jazz performances I've seen, some of them at a music conservatory/concert hall, the whole place has been acoustically treated to project the sound from the stage onto the audience. And a lot of use of wood, maximal reduction of hard reflecting surfaces.
Thats what gets the sound waves to travel through your body, not reflect around, and you can feel the presence of the instrument, especially the low frequency ones.
Once you've heard the grand piano, the cello, or especially the double bass at these places, you'll always want to hear things the same way. Its a bit difficult to do at my budget or the space I have.
Edited by proton007 - 9/27/12 at 6:55pm