I need to suan something now and then. And the subject of today's suaning is system matching in audio setup.
System matching, or synergy in managerese, is a practice/belief that a certain combination of components, even if they are each the best on their own, will create a sound that is not pleasing to hear, and vice-versa.
This begs the question: How would it be possible for a combination of accurate components to create bad sound, since bad sound means inaccuracy?
Well, nobody said expensive stuff must be accurate. In fact, there are many gullible people who put in lots of money and effort to make their sound shift from originally intended, like putting extra capacitors in series where not required.
When people do things like that, the system shifts from being neutral to biased. Which may sound good initially.
Then, another part is introduced into the system. If it counters the previous part and makes the system neutral and sound good again, then system synergy is achieved.
If it does the same as the previous part, then the effect is x2 and the sound is crap - system synergy has not been achieved.
So actually, why bother with system matching - just get whatever is supposed to be accurate and skim on unnecessary tweaks.
W A R N I N G !
W A R N I N G !
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