Originally Posted by sdurani
Then it's your subjective preference, not something that's objectively the "best".
True, and since in the end it is all about what each of us hears, then other than standard test measurements there is no way to say what is "best." I began my audio hobby as a strict "objectivist" paying homage to Julian Hirsch, Peter Aczel, and David Rich, et al, and I still have the utmost respect for their knolwedge and judgment. I chose my speakers (Digital Phase) primarily because of the late Dr. Hirsch's recommendation and have zero regrets. Even so, as my experience in audio grew and my listening skills improved (or changed?) I found myself hearing surprises that could not be accounted for by the objective factoids. I do hear differences in power amps, which is why I went through a dozen or so before finding what IMO sounded "best," (Roger Sanders ESL, in my case the Innersound). Likewise, I bought and tried a dozen or so preamps and processors before finding the JBL AV-1 that sounds so "right" in everything it does. I won't even discuss the Benchmark DAC, which is so widely praised, and it's measurements so close to perfect, that it's merits are beyond question. Yes, I hear differences in DACs too, which many EEs say is unlikely. I even heard an improvement when I went from a CD player to a HDD based media server.
So, yes, everything I post here is my opinion, and you are free to dismiss it as such. But if you dismiss everyone's opinion, no matter how well researched and experienced, then all you are left with is numbers, and as I and many others have found, numbers don't always tell you exactly what you will hear. If they did, "perfection" in audio would have been achieved a long time ago, and we would all be listening to the same equipment.