Timothy Cose of wtfamps shares a brief discussion of distortion in amplifier technology. Timothy contributes here from time to time. Keep your eye out Monday for his first review on Audio Primate. Click the link below to read about harmonic distortion. This article doesn’t contain info about intermodulation distortion, at the moment.
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Like most sensible people I started falling in love with music as a child. My first portable audio device was a Sony Walkman (the cassette kind) that I got when I was 10 years old (25 years ago). I toted that lovely brick around with the cheap included headphones for several years in cold Fairbanks, Alaska. Like a Hieronymous Bosch mural, my tastes can be weird and wonderful: from dreamy Japanese garble pop to banks of strings and percussion in the Mariinsky Orchestra. I listen mostly to rock.
I tend to like neutral bright headphones and I'm a sucker for soundstage. I don't do EQ. I believe that cables can make a difference but do not unconditionally make a difference, same thing goes for balanced outputs.
Frequency response isn't everything, but it is important.
If you didn't volume match, how can you be sure you heard a difference?
Ears are beautiful things, but we hear with our brains and brains can be pretty darn stupid.
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