Originally Posted by bigshot
I guess I wasn't clear... My point isn't about posting outside the guidelines. It's about posting within the guidelines... The whole point of this division is to allow people to post subjective impressions without having to answer to people asking for proof. They're being protected from being contradicted. But if the the proof is just being demanded in a different forum, they're not really being protected... it's more just like a buffer. For me, I wouldn't like that at all. I prefer to engage in discussion face to face. I'd just end up participating in both discussions. I suspect a lot of subjectivists are going to end up doing that too.
I assume they will as well. The problem historically has been that a subjective opinion regarding a cable would be posted, a zealous objectivist would chime in refuting any claims of sonic differences and possibly include or end with a snide remark about religion, snake oil, hocus pocus, low IQ, low wisdom etc., etc. We all know this adds nothing and it causes people to avoid posting impressions. There is no doubt that a good number of people believe there are sonic differences between cables for instance. This being a hobby site, they ought to feel free to post such opinions without being berated. This new forum isn't a platform for open insults, but it will contain certain themes, obviously objectivity being the paramount one. It allows people who are truly searching for an answer to discuss whether this is possible, how it might be possible to determine and whether there have been studies for or against etc. It also leaves the other forum to its own themes, namely discussing the sonic differences between amps, front-ends, cables, tweaks etc.
It may not be the ideal structure, but given the past, not just on this forum but all audio forums, it is the one we feel will work out the best.