Don't Just Look as Specs...
Funny things specs are, they really give you no idea what a piece of equipment is going to sound like. It would be funny if it made just a lick of sense. Example:
Piece of Equipment A:
Distortion: Less than 0.35% total harmonics at +10DBM
Response: 30Hz to 15kHz
Noise: 85DB dynamic range
Output Level: +16DBM peaks
I don't know about you but that looks like it should sound pretty bad.
Piece of Equipment B
Distortion: 0.008% @ +4dBu
Response: 0.35Hz to 200kHz
Noise:115dB dynamic range
Output Level: +21 dBu
Both are compressors, one is a studio classic and one I doubt you would ever see at any professional studio. You already know which one is which because otherwise I wouldn't be posting, but it sure shoots "good specs = good sounds" in the foot!
Not saying gear with worse specs is always better or worse, just saying while reading specs is interesting (obviously I do it!) it can't tell the whole story.
Thanks for letting me ramble.
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