Originally Posted by Dionyz
Where as efficiency and dynamics are simple math.
Except they aren't, because of driver compression.
And for both of you - IF you are happy with what you are hearing from CD and can't hear difference from SACD, than please be happy.
If I was prone to taking insult to things people say, I might think that you were talking down to me...
I am not trying to change your mind as it would only cost you more money.
Except, not that much money. As many have pointed out, audio hardware capable of handling so-called high resolution audio is becoming quiet inexpensive.
Everyone has different abilities to hear and appreciate subtleties of sound.
While they are different, they all fall within a range. The bottom end (most sensitive) is pretty well-defined. For example, the human threshold of hearing is about the same as the noise created by the Brownian Motion of air molecules. If the human threshold of hearing was appreciably below that fairly noise level, we'd all be hearing a steady hissing sound. There's a good chance you have never ever been in a place that had a noise level of 0 dB SPL.
And sound is not just about pure technical measurements.
You can find two speakers that measure almost identical, yet when you listen to them, they sound different (i.e. electrostatics vs. fully horn loaded).
You understate the actual problem. Take the same speaker and move it six inches and if you are a reasonably well-trained listener, you can reliably ABX the difference.
Differences aren't any great shakes. Naive audiophiles seem to think that every difference is an improvement. In fact, audible differences abound. It's the actual improvments that are hard to find!
It is pointless to argue when different people have different values, hearing, and perception of sound.
But, here you are arguing!
That may be a meaningless little detail to you may be that essential missing piece of audio information that conveys space and positioning of the musicians to others.
In fact the technical differences that convey space and positioning are actually pretty gross compared to many of the differences that are involved in the debate over high resolution recording.
To you it may not may a difference to others it does. And the value each of us puts on that last bit of detail is different.
If you can't reliably hear a difference, then any opinion that you might base on it is based on an illusion in the sense of one of those lakes you see at a distance in the desert that disappear when you get close to where they appeared to be.
If you think about it, inability to hear some detail or never having hear high efficiency and dynamic speakers may be a bliss for your wallet as the pursuit of that last bit of dynamics and detail can be an expensive and time consuming pursuit.
Again with comments that could easily be construed to be based on class warfare.
So be happy - enjoy what makes you happy.
In order to reliably add to one's enjoyment, the difference has to be reliably audible.