System Consistency...

jaxwired

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Does your hifi sound the same everyday? Daytime vs Nightime? Day to day does it sound different to you? More bass one day, less the next? Brighter treble one day, more subdued the next? Just curious if people find absolute consistency with their system...
 
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Yes, without fail each day. I'd imagine those systems not behaving like this have a problem. Or their owners do!
 

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Definately not (answering question of sounding the same every day). Things that I believe effect the sound: mood, whether the curtains are open/shut, time of day, how well warmed up the componants are, possibly temperature/humidity and the number of people in the room.......how far "over the limit" I happen to be! :beer: :grin:
 

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Interesting question! No is the short answer. I suspect it has nothing whatsoever to do with mains quality or other environmental influences.

It has everything to do with my level of tiredness & mental state. The perceived differences are usually to do with distortion & clarity. My mental state also influences my desire to listen to a particular piece of music or not but that's going off topic.
 

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I think mood and mental state is the biggest issue here, as others have already said. Sometimes, when I'm tired, I can put the music on and think 'This system sounds nowhere as good as I thought it was', and then a couple of hours later, when I've wound down a bit I'm back there with a grin on my face.

I think it can also take a while for our ears to adjust from the higher ambient sound levels of the city to the quieter surroundings of home.
 

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the record spot said:
Yes, without fail each day. I'd imagine those systems not behaving like this have a problem. Or their owners do!

I freely admit to being bonkers, but would defend to the death your right to be sensible. :)
 
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I'm surprised (although I shouldn't be) that most opinions differ to mine in this regard. I took this question to mean one thing, but not influenced by an emotional factor.

If I'm fed up, happy, whatever, I know the one constant if I need to play some music is the stereo's going to be how I want it to sound. It's just been 'right', so I don't sit there and think the sound is one way or another. I don't even see how that comes into it - external factors, well, we live in a quiet area away from main roads, with Holyrood Park behind us and we live in a detached house, so in terms of setting, it's about as good as it gets.

Perhaps you're all busy looking for the next upgrade, though by the looks of things, I get the impression it might involve bio-engineering. Rather extreme chaps! :)
 
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plastic penguin said:
Not sure what RS is going on about. Certainly how one feels does have an influence on how you perceive the sound. The answer is definitely 'no'.

I thought it was pretty clear to be fair PP. If your ears are affected by how you feel, perhaps a trip to a specialist in audiological medicine might be more in order?!
 
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plastic penguin said:
Not sure what RS is going on about. Certainly how one feels does have an influence on how you perceive the sound. The answer is definitely 'no'.

I thought it was pretty clear to be fair PP. If your ears are affected by how you feel, perhaps a trip to a specialist in audiological medicine might be more in order?!

Mrs. ps physio originally trained (40 years ago) as a psychologist and you wouldn't believe the influence emotions has on sound and vision.

Busy thinking about the next upgrade? nah, just BUSY...
 
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My system sounds better at night, when the kids and wife are away and I have a glass of single malt to hand - but that might just be a psychological coincidence. Isn't hifi meant to sound better at night anyway?
 
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plastic penguin said:
Mrs. ps physio originally trained (40 years ago) as a psychologist and you wouldn't believe the influence emotions has on sound and vision.

Oh I would, all too readily, moods are changed for many reasons. I guess I just differ in that whatever changes my emotions have on me as an individual don't extend to what or how I hear the music from my stereo.

For instance, right now, I'm just getting over the first migraine I've had in over ten years, my head's still reeling from it and my mood's not the best, but the music doesn't sound any different...
 

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I also experience changes in the sound of my system day to day. While most of you chalk this up to emotions, I'm baffled by the cause. Yes, I do think our brains process sound differently based on many factors, not just mood, however I also wonder if something else more tangible is going on with my system itself.

I also agree with the poster than felt nigthtime tends to improve things. It's a bit of a mystery to me... (picture an emoticon with the smiley face scratching his head in consternation)
 

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