Originally Posted by MagnumX
If by subjective, you mean audiophiles think they can hear differences in thousand dollar cables, adding stones (Shakti) to the room and painting the edges of CDs with overpriced green markers (CD Stoplight), yes it's very subjective. Companies like Audioquest and Monster have made a lot of money over the years based on that subjectivity. Professional calibration of TVs is pricey, but not fictional. The laws of physics governing digital audio don't bend to the rules of Star Trek with sub-atomic particles audibly changing the sound or perhaps suddenly following the principles of Chi or Feng Shui as the moon phase changes, although people greatly believe in those things too.
I am sad. You have shattered my illusions.
You mean that passive phono cable set that costs hundreds of dollars for a six foot pair and are (I'm already laughing) directional
don't do much to improve the sound? But I love
the little arrows that point in the direction the sound must flow through those passive wires for best results! And I can't wait for version 2.0, where the manufacturer will specify not only what direction the sound must flow, but also will strongly differentiate between Left and Right cables for spatial clarity and separation.
First I heard about adding stones, though. Gotta go look that up. Currently, I just use the dog's chew toys (BIG dog, so BIG chew toys) to deflect and manipulate the sound in the room. Unfortunately, she keeps insisting on moving them around and reducing their size by, well, chewing on them, so consistency is not the strong suit of the method.
None of this is to say that using sound calibration through Audyssey is bad or wrong. I use it on both my Marantz 1608 and my Denon 4300. But I don't buy directional phono cables, nor power and speaker cables that cost hundreds of dollars. PT Barnum was a genius.