Originally Posted by elambo
My life would be so much simpler if I could succumb to that type of negligence.
First, I notice you didn't answer an actual question about the product: you wrote that "(the hardware for the microphone is in its own box within the shipping carton)." I asked for clarification. After all, the same could be said about the $400 MSRP Denon 1712.
(Which, at least on efficient and easy to drive speakers, won't sound different from the Mac 121 if the same care is used in calibrating their common Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction software. Though there are many obvious non-sonic reasons to prefer the Mac part over the cheap AVR, I feel compelled to add as a caveat.) But that's quite different from the separate box that comes with an Anthem ARC-bearing product, which includes the microphone, software, a tripod, etc.
Instead of answering an actual question, you went off with some half-cocked flight-of-fancy nonsense. Also, unfortunately your grasp of audio is not exceeded by your grasp of English.
Do you actually know what "negligence" means?
It means, to paraphrase, "breach of a duty to use due care, which actually and proximately causes an injury, resulting in damages."
Please tell me where any
of those elements appear above?
Originally Posted by elambo
However, I do have ears deaf from one axiom: "it's all in your head." That's an ignorant assumption shouted from darkness.
Again, your command of English diction is proving shaky.
Since you mentioned "ignorance," let's look at some actual facts. The things that audiophools routinely claim to "hear" all of a sudden disappear when they don't actually know what they're listening to. That has happened every time it has been tested, except when there has been an actual and fairly large compared to tolerances on modern gear measurable difference in FR, noise, broadband level, bit depth (14-bit or lower, compared to 16-bit or higher) or some other similar factor.Here
is a representative data point. Perhaps you were not around to read the late Mr. Zipser's puffery before the test, but it was amusing. (Yes, that was Pass Labs parts, and not Mac parts. Do you really think the outcome would be any different if it had been Mac parts instead of Pass parts?)
However, when sonic differences actually exist, such listening tests have also proven to be the most resolving way of identifying them reliably and repeatably. A good example here is the body of work that has established the existence of bona fide audible differences in various lossy digital audio compression codecs, under various circumstances.
Based on that body of facts, what I wrote was therefore not an assumption,
but a reasonable inference.
And "ignorance" is simply being unaware of the data, or worse being aware of it and willfully pretending it doesn't exist.
Words matter. Use them with due care. It is not, however, "negligence" in this case, because the breach of your duty to use them with due care does not result in anything that can reasonably called an "injury."
That said, enjoy your McIntosh part. It's one of the more attractive-looking processor out there (aesthetics do, of course, vary, unlike sonics with modern audio electronics not intended to be signal processors), and the company certainly builds its parts to a high standard.