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Loudspeakers by Keith Holland, Philip Newell

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Chapter 8

Form follows function

8.1 The chain

The recording chain under discussion here begins with the musicians and ends in the rooms in which the people who buy the recordings choose to place their music systems. Domestically, we must really limit this discussion to reasonably high fidelity systems, because once we introduce in-car listening and ghetto-blasters on the kitchen table, or portable radios in the bathroom, we begin to enter a realm of variability which, firstly, become unable to be qualified and secondly, in the majority of cases, cannot really be considered capable of truly representing the music producers’ wishes. Manufacturers of such equipment may go to great lengths to produce pleasant-sounding equipment, and record producers ...

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