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What is a Small, Intimate sound? edit

What do people mean by something having a 'small, intimate' sound?
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Michael Davis, I work here
I think a small, intimate sound refers to a soundstage, and images on that soundstage, that are smaller than life. Along with this one usually expects that the dynamics and overall volume to also be somewhat limited.

Many people prefer this kind of sound over a Big Sound because 1) the opposite is overwhelming and brash and not conducive to their sense of something to relax to and 2) they are often less expensive and 3) they often do a lot of things better than Big Sounding stereo systems.

Typically, small intimate systems have better resolution, imaging, and accuracy.

The opposite to a small, intimate system is a 'big sounding' system.

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