Originally Posted by Rammitinski
A guy asks for a CDP recommendation for his system and this is what he gets. Jeeez.
I thought they were gonna try and control this kind of stuff around here. Must have just threw in the towel.
Well, you know, what equipment you choose has to do with a lot of things, from how it sounds to what it looks like, via the route of reliability, user interface, flashing lights and circling birds and basketweavers who twiddle their thumbs.
Seriously. Concentrating on mostly illusory things (like sound between properly functioning CD players) and ignoring things like "does the remote work right", "what kind of interfaces does it have", "does it look ugly", "does it have flashing purple neon lights", "how long is its CD loading time" and the like does not seem to very useful.
Nobody I know of evaluates equipment solely on its sound. Consider, if a CD player did sound "better" in a demonstrable way, it would be most likely to be due to some kind of distortion in its output (and, NOTE, there is nothing wrong with such a preference!!!!!), and such results are very, very likely to be very personal to the listener(s) in question.
Now, what does matter is how well it works otherwise, and certainly so.
Where I see the derailment happening is when people who appear to have an extremely antiscientific agenda leap in and begin to disparage science, scientists, and misteach basic theory and modern understanding. There is enough noise in the audio community, we do not need more.