I've used the words 'insight' and 'transparent' to describe speakers before, and I'll do it again I tell ya!!
Where it is warranted, of course.
And of course you are not trying to sell any kit!
No signature worth mentioning...
Indeed I think the whole "timing" thing is nonsense. Timing of individual instruments on a recording cannot be affected.
An amp that can't properly control the bass driver on a speaker, turns the whole bassline and drums to a sort of muddled mush...thus effecting the timing (IMO).
I think that you're both right.
The word 'timing' is a bit missplaced though (IMO). When taken in a literal sense the actual timing of the music doesn't change. For example the beats in a song don't occur any more or less often on hifi equipment that has bad 'timing'.
However as Cno points out a badly controlled bass driver can overhang which sounds boomy and ill defined. From an subjective point of view when you hear badly controlled boomy bass notes they do seem to sound slower than well controlled bass notes. Even though the badly controlled boomy bass notes don't occur any more or less often, each note does last a bit longer which (I guess) is why they seem to sound slower when we hear them.
I hope that I explained that right in a way that makes sense.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
32GB Sony NWZ-A846 Walkman > Westone UM3x
Do you see me forcing anything upon anyone? I merely advise - the rest is up to those who ask the question.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Mitsubishi HC7000 / Oppo BDP103 / Audiolab 8200AP / Rotel RMB1575 / kick ass speaker system
© 2013 Haymarket Publishing