“Musicality”, “Sweetness”, “Sterile”, “Clinical” - are terms I hear a whole lot in describing Amps and DACs, and these seem to be very important to people when judging a product. But as someone who has only experienced subjective audible differences in frequency response, driver speed, and clarity / separation, these terms are really confusing to me.
In fact, the moment these words are used in any product review, my decision making process gets muddled. They sound important, but I have no experiential understanding of them and feel like I’m failing to grasp something.
So I’m trying to understand better without dismissing them as BS:
- What does it mean for a DAC or Amp to be “musical” vs “clinical”?
- What is “added touch of sweetness”?
- How do you specifically identify the above? Are there certain sounds in music to listen for?
- Assume I have two pieces of level matched equipment that I can test. Can I get a specific song and timestamp recommendations with instructions about what to listen for that will sound “musical” on one and “clinical” on another?
- Are there any good resources that go into the theory of psychoacoustics that maybe influences the perception of “musicality”?