If the sound isn’t natural, we can totally tell
Ever wonder why electronic music sounds like robots on trampolines? Well, all those iconic synthesizers started out in the early 1950s as a computer’s attempt to create an instrument, which was limited by the amount of data that a computer could store. Natural instruments, on the other hand, have rich timbres. So, the first computer-made sounds had much simpler soundwaves, and our ear could totally tell. Sure, computers are now much more capable of synthesizing realistic timbres, but those early synth sounds are now so synonymous with electronic music that they’re still used for aesthetic reasons. Peep those waves up there to see how they’re different.
The material used for speakers has a big effect
Those black circles inside your speakers? Those are called cones, and their job isn’t to serve you rum raisin, it’s to play your music. Cones do this by vibrating rapidly based on the electronic signals they receive (from the music files you’re playing). They in turn push and vibrate the air, which is what your ears hear. While metal cones often support high frequencies, paper cones are much more versatile. Bose uses mostly paper cones because their main goal is to achieve super natural sound. Stay tuned for more on that later… get it? Tuned.