Can I Not Use My Home Theater System For Stereo Listening Too?
by James Leahy
This is a fair
question and quite frankly one that we get asked all the time. Well the
answer is of course you can. Will it be a compromise.....? Yes, a big
one. I know this is not the answer a lot of you would like to hear but
it is the truth. Anybody that tells you different is bending the truth
more than a little.
Maybe it is just
me from being used to listening to my music on valve amplifiers night
and day for years. But once you know the difference you are immediately
aware when you are listening to an inferior system.
How much of a compromise depends on many factors,
Your room layout
The two most important parts of your system are the
quality of the amplifier/pre-amplifier and loudspeaker. Both are normally governed by
considerations of cost and although the resulting sound quality is adequate for
general entertainment it cannot produce the sense of being actually 'there'-at
the live performance. It is amazing the level of 'bad' sound some of my
customer's have become accustomed to when I visit them.
To be `there' you need really faithful sound
reproduction. High Fidelity can only be achieved by the use of an
amplifier and loudspeakers which have been designed without compromise, for this
very purpose. Home theater equipment is a definite compromise in High Fidelity
if ever there was one. More often than not people wish to 'kill two birds with
one stone' so to speak and try to achieve both. What tends to happen
most often is they end up achieving neither goal. This is the worst
possible outcome imaginable. Needless to say you do not want to be
the sap that has just shelled out thousands of dollars for a poor
performing Home Theater system AND an under performing Hi-Fi system.
Better to focus in ONE area and you will have 100% more change of