Wow I guess generalities aren't allowed here, even when many members here seem to have little to no background in the audio field (and if they do, I'm not a mind reader so I tend to write in general terms until I know better).
If they sound different, they measure different. But a FRD in and of itself won't reveal that. That's why we have such goodies as polar and waterfall plots.
I agree. I wrote what I wrote because the FR of a component is brought up a lot
, as if it was the only aspect one needs to determine sound quality.
Some receivers could sound different than others, mostly due to the stiffness of the power supply.
Yep. (for the newbies ---->)Take two receivers with a 100 watt/channel rating, one built by McIntosh and the other built by Pioneer for four hundred bucks and see which one can reveal the full potential of a pair of B&W 801s.
Or for other old guys
, a pair of Acoustic Research AR9s
To the OP: always listen for yourself to decide what sounds best to you. Over the years I've seen many components measure great, but when I went and actually heard them - yikes, no thanks. Because in addition to perception
of a component's sound, I strongly believe that one's opinion is also affected by the specific characteristics of the individual's physical hearing system
(i.e. versus other people's physical hearing systems). So I believe striving for machine-measured sonic perfection could - not will, but could - lead to disappointment in the user's living room.