Why is the sound amplified at the classical Persian music concerts? Why do they feel the need to do it? It distort the sound and really takes away from the experience.

I am looking at a setar being played in front of me on the stage and I am hearing the sound – louder than any setar you could ever hear live – coming from the huge speakers on my right or left.

In concerts of classical quartets the sound is never amplified. The sound of the instruments can easily fill any hall the size of Zellerbach or Davies. The same goes for smaller groups of instruments; have you ever seen the sound amplified at a cello or violin recital?

Why this penchant for unnaturally loud sound?