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