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Kibbled Jive Elk Zoo
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What does "forward tonal balance" mean?

What does the phrase "forward tonal balance" mean.  I read this phrase in an article about the Polk Audio RTi A7 speaker on Stereophile.com.  In searching for the term I have found it many times and also the similar phrases "mid-forward tonal balance" & "midrange-forward tonal balance".  I would apreciate some articulate & informed exposition on the phrase and its intended tenor.

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. . . also, is there a

. . . also, is there a converse equivelent such as "rearward tonal balance" or "backward tonal balance"?

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Forward, Forwardness

forward, forwardness A quality of reproduction which seems to place sound sources closer than they were recorded. Usually the result of a humped midrange, plus a narrow horizontal dispersion pattern from the loudspeaker. See "Row-A sound." Compare "laid-back."

reference: the Stereophile glossary

http://www.stereophile.com/content/sounds-audio-glossary-glossary-f-h

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