Originally Posted by Mongoose
All right, you drew me back.
So, if I understand the implications of your argument correctly, my opinion is of no value because I possess no degree in the sound reproduction field
That is not true at all, at least for me.
It's not the degree its the work that you do.
Yet I have to ask, what of the designers of cd players at Parasound, Audio Research, Simaudio, Cary, Rega, Esoteric, Meridian, Burmeister, DCS, Boulder, Krell, to name but a few.
They've got jobs and they appear to do them.
I think we have to presume that they possess more than a few degrees in this field,
Probably so. However, I am aware of the true credentials of a goodly number of widely recognized "authorities" in the realm of high end audio, and many of them are far less than impressive, for what that's worth. You raised the issue, not I!
and because they have worked hard to advance the art of cd reproduction I assume you must think that they have engaged in some sort of mass self-delusion despite their fine credentials?
I believe that their jobs all net out to be increasing the value of the capital investments in their companies. That would be true if they worked for well-run companies.
The rest of it is just about means to that end.
Well sir, it appears you have uncovered the error that has eluded them all. All I can say is hats off, well done, and bravo!
I would suggest that the true merit of their efforts to advance the audio arts should be apparent during listening evaluations that are as fair to everybody as is possible.