Originally Posted by Scotth3886
Thank you. I appreciate that.
Once the 'science' evolves to the point it can give me some answers/guidance regarding my listening priorities, I might change my ways. Until then, random tinkering is the way.
Sorta like Gerry Lemay @ HAA Min 44:00 and on.
Honestly, I hope it does
"evolve", but I think
it has and continues to. There are so many room sims and speaker sims and...I mean, what they can do to design venues in software is insane. But, that's not my day-job (I'd code one in a heart-beat, though, if someone wanted to pair-up). Thus, you'd have to talk to a Keith Yates-esque person to get the lowdown on existing tools that can help in this domain and if the SOA tools can account for "dimensional perception" (whatever that'd mean).
Unfortunately, most people are focused in the wrong areas to see any evolution. Like, for example, thinking amplifiers have a huge difference when modern ones do not
and (even if you must
believe they do, they absolutely should not
). Unless, of course, it is by design, and then I'd call the amplifier an "artistic amplification tool" -- certainly not a hi-fi amplifier; this may be fine for the content creators but it is not fine
, IMO, for hi-fi playback.
Regardless, "random tinkering" is most definitely not
the way science works; no "random tinkerer" will ever produce a valid scientific study without removing every last bit of "randomness" from it -- that's not how science works.
For the pedantic, lol, please keep in mind the use of the word "random" here is best read as "uncontrolled".
P.S., I want to clarify that "fine for the content creators" doesn't mean I think they should use "artistic amps" to playback
music in the studio. I mean if they want to include them in the recording
process (e.g., hook up their guitar to something that distorts in a pleasant way) then fine! DO NOT USE IT TO LISTEN TO RECORDED MUSIC! It's not
the job of an amplifier to add anything
but gain to a signal. If it does anything
else you're either using it wrong (e.g., overdriving it) or it belongs outside the playback chain! Moreover, if those "other things" the amp does are useful
in any way then there exists a stand-alone device to do it! Fortunately, that device can at least be removed from your signal chain when you don't want it there!