Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase! in The Green Room Posted Saturday at 12:14 AM near-fields themselves are even a partial 'real-world' compromise, versus full range far field speakers. but for classical music in particular, whats even less achievable for most of us at home, is a pristine lack of ambient noise — so even very high quality recordings tend to get some of their full dynamic range squashed before mastering. as for simplicity, in many cases just the completely untouched recording from a single pair of hard panned mics, of say, an orchestra with taiko drums, would sound pretty great in most ordinary rooms with half decent speakers. but the very same wouldnt sound so great played off a shitty stereo while moving about a house, or in a car, or over headphones. versatility would demand, at a minimum, probably some room mics mixed in to liven up the reverb (at the cost of muddying the stereo image) and compression, compression, compression (until the recording is a shadow of its former glory). again, compromises .