Originally Posted by laserjock II
Basic science could save a lot of people a lot of money....
Indeed. The basic science is a stretch too far for many though - and as ever, there are plenty of charlatans who will leap in and part people from their cash by convincing them that AV is more about 'magic' than it is about science. The entire 'exotic' cable industry is the most obvious example. People who sell useless interconnects for hundreds of dollars, claiming 'magic' properties for them should be tried for fraud IMO. Sadly, the same sort of suspension of intellect has crept into the world of amplifiers too, with ludicrous claims being made which have no basis in fact and which are denied by simple measurements.
Ordinarily, I'd say "so what? If people want to spend $10,000 where $1,000 would serve as well, let them get on with it". And if people really do understand the issues and still decide to spend $$$ on a "high end" amp, then all power to them (no pun intended). But so often you see people just wasting their money and that is a shame. All those dollars could have been spent on stuff that will really
make a difference to sound quality: speakers, subs, acoustic treatments for example.
It is amusing though to see people exclaim dramatically about the 'night and day' differences that the vanishingly small differences between modern electronics make, while happily ignoring 20-30dB swings in frequency response in their speakers and subs just because of room issues that have not been effectively dealt with.
Such people are a marketing man's wet dream.