Originally Posted by stevensctt
I prefer to listen rather than measure.
Do you think that makes you different from me or better than people who can measure audio gear and understand the meaning of what we measure?
Do you seriously believe that they get all or most of their pleasure from measuring audio gear? No! Measuring audio gear is work. It can be work that is fun, but it is at its core boring, repetitive lab work.
Don't you think that people ho do measure on occasion audio gear on occasion spend hour after pleasurable hour listening to their audio systems?
I don't know of one person who is well-known in audio (and I know quite a few) who doesn't or (in the case of people like Julian Hirsch who have passed) didn't prefer to listen rather than measure.
The statement: "I prefer to listen rather than measure." is a truism, that sheds very little light on the question at hand.
Preferences are subjective.
That would also be a truism.
What do you call a preference that is based on illusions or false information? Do you want to visit that shimmery blue lake on the horizon that is a mirage? I can tell you some funny stories about that, relating to some people from Chicaog who, seeing it on the horizon started talking about swimming in the Salton Sea. ;-)
Preferences are all fine and good as far as they go, but they aren't universal.
I agree that in the end, its the sound quality that matters, and let the measurements go where they will. Ironically, I have measured a ton of audio gear over the years. Yet I constantly advise against giving too much credibility to small differences that can only be measured and not heard.
What actions are logical when they are based on illusions or other false information?
What advice should people who are "in the know" give?
We can say that "This is a hobby, and its all about fun", but Audio is about science, art, and enjoyment. What about making scientific claims like "it sounds better" when in fact there are no audible differences at all?