Insane sale (60% off) -Best Bang for the Buck Headphones - Electrostatic Affordable Phones for Audiophile Sale in The Pegbox Posted Wednesday at 02:44 PM · Report reply 19 hours ago, martin swan said: Uuuuum .... Bruel & Kjaer. Flat as a pancake. Calrec soundfield also very uncoloured. I think most classical recording is done with mikes that are as uncoloured as possible. If the mikes are placed where the listener would be sitting, the information will arrive at the mikes at the same time as it would arrive at the ears. And speed of sound is not frequency dependent - low frequency waveforms are less attenuated by distance, but they don't travel at a different speed. Most people don't sit off to one side of the middle of the concert hall by choice. If they had the chance to listen from the conductor's POV I think they would say yes. And of course we should factor in that everyone's hearing has a slightly different response curve - we are never hearing quite the same thing as our neighbour because of the shape of our ears, and then we all process and comprehend the information differently too. So there is no real or objective sound to be reproduced in the first place, just a range of different preferences. Ummmm... yes to all of the above.... most classical recordings are recorded very well with the best mics (B&K and Neumann are flat but not perfectly flat). BUT In recording, microphones are not generally placed where the listener sits. They are placed above the players (Blumlein Stereo and Decca tree are popular setups for classical) Most old Decca (think Kennith Wilkinson) were done this way while many of the fantastic modern recordings (e.g. Linn Records are done with the Decca tree and + ton of spot mics (this allows for a lot of flexibility with level matching in post). Most of these setups can capture more info than we can actually hear from our listening position - and yes the mic will pick up a different frequency response than we hear in the audience. (Kind of like looking at an ultra high resolution photograph of a violin - more detail than can be seen with the naked eye) In the end, it is all an illusion and the quality of the illusion comes down to how well the engineers setup the mics and care taken in post production.