Top two most important sound qualities

In case you didn't know, it's 2023 and this website still hasn't implemented a polling feature, so I can't define a selection of sound qualities to choose from and see results in a grouped, organized fashion. Boo hoo!


If you had to pick two of the typically referenced sound qualities that are most important to you to optimizing the enjoyment of your system, what are they? You know what I mean, right? Could be a certain frequency range and some particular quality that you for in it, or any quality that applies across all frequencies, etc.

(Note: "Sound qualities" mentioned here do not include anything that refers to physical attributes of your system or listening room, such as acoustical treatments, types of components, types of source material, physical tweaks, etc. It's only a reference to subjectively appreciated qualities.)



Most loudspeakers sound comically "small" to me, the image of a grand piano, for example, being reduced to a miniature of it’s actual size.


Good point. I guess we don't expect lifesize image from HiFi because 99% of the systems we have ever heard don't have it. 

I graduated from bookshelf speakers to floorstanders and then 15  inch dual concentrics and whilst each one got better in this regard none of them have life sized imagery.



Effortlessness - that sense of ease that allows you to forget about the hardware and just hear the music.


That's another easy one to forget.

Real music doesn't sound forced or strained but many systems do.

You probably need the right combination of loudspeaker and amplifier to get that sense of ease.

Usually that means bigger and more powerful.



Did you ever see the South Park episode blasting Stevie Nicks' voice? Hilarious