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post #61 of 65
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Originally Posted by SDDL-UP View Post
Well said Tyll & islewind

I do not understand why I have been unable to communicate this effectively - Fidelity. It has nothing to do with whether or not you like the sound it is whether or not it is true to the original source. Loving the sound or hating the sound has nothing to do with "sound quality" (fidelity).

Some people seem bent on insisting that "sound quality" is only what sounds good to them. Why someone would want to argue, essentially, about "What sounds good to me?" I have no idea.
That's a boring and simplistic position, IMO.

What do you propose we use to measure fidelity, which in turn will impact overall quality? Do we have a full handle on human perception of sound fidelity and quality appreciation to exclude it from that assessment process? I don't think so, hence the perennial discussions and seeking. The only problem is making absolute what's relative as well as considering one's subjective opinion to be superior to another's. Not that there can't be some truth in the latter but we take it too far sometimes.
post #62 of 65
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Originally Posted by Slash47 View Post
English isn't my native language, but isn't sound quality how you, uhm, qualify sound? That makes it entirely subjective. Fidelity is a separate issue. While it usually improves sound quality, it doesn't define it, because then you'd quantify sound instead of qualify it. Right?
post #63 of 65
I really think 2 different points are being argued here, so i guess thats why what I'm saying is HARD for some to GRASP.
post #64 of 65
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Originally Posted by Guidostrunk View Post
I really think 2 different points are being argued here,
Yeah, the words "sound quality" aren't strictly defined.

I'd suggest sound qualities to include things like: punch, lush, wooly, articulate, PRaT, etc would be sound qualities.

And words like: elevated treble, distorted, neutral, coherent, are more akin to "sound characteristics" that are objectively measurable.


But I'm not aware of a Head-Fi dictionary.


post #65 of 65
Guidostrunk,

Yes two different things are being "argued" here

1) fidelity that I personally believe can be measured and quantified objectively

2) "What sounds good to me." that is entirely subjective and can change from day to day
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