- May 11, 2013
This article doesn't align at alI with how I understand 'technicalities' of an IEM. These include (but aren't limited to):
Tonality, timbre and temperature all fall under the broad 'tonality' umbrella, which speaks to the FR balance and how an IEM is tuned.
- Detail (yes all three are different)
So I guess if Crin's definition of technicalities is completely different to mine, it makes sense our 'scoring' would also be markedly different.
I would consider timbre to fall under both categories:
Tuning may damper certain harmonics but it is up to resolution, clarity, and detail to produce the harmonics as well as the attack, decay and vibrato of the sound in the first place.The primary contributers to the quality or timbre of the sound of a musical instrument are harmonic content, attack and decay, and vibrato. For sustained tones, the most important of these is the harmonic content, the number and relative intensity of the upper harmonics present in the sound.
Some musical sound sources have overtones which are not harmonics of the fundamental. While there is some efficiency in characterizing such sources in terms of their overtones, it is always possible to characterize a periodic waveform in terms of harmonics - such an analysis is called Fourier analysis. It is common practice to characterize a sound waveform by the spectrum of harmonics necessary to reproduce the observed waveform.