Realistic sound

“The hi-fi quest is for “realistic sound” – the sensation of having the performing instruments “in the room with you”. …. to be in the presence of performing musicians is to experience their touch and handling of instruments as tactile and kinetic, not just as resonant … hi-fi is not any quest for abstract effects of sound in separation from the other senses”.

Marshall McLuhan (1964) Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man”, p. 300.

This highlights the inherent shortcoming of listening to recordings.


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