Originally Posted by jackmccabe
Yes, graphs are how we should judge musical equipment rather than actually listening to it.
Also why would it receive entirely positive reviews (from what I have seen) if it performs so poorly.
We are straying from the X is neutral point a bit are we not ?
I like something therefore it is [insert adjective here ] is fantastical thinking, actually technically this is called the halo effect, you like something so you imbue it with a set of other properties
this DAC is flat across the audible spectrum is a testable hypothesis....
As has been shown repeatedly human discriminative abilities are less godlike than we might like to think, something can be technically quite poor and we may not be able to detect this, see stereophile reviewer fails to detect 25% distortion, (but that still does not mean it is rational to pay for it) detecting the difference between16 bits and 15 bits is actually pretty hard. A rather interesting experiment suggested that taking 24 bits and degrading it to 16 is seldom detectable. Lots of people like vinyl which in terms of noise and distortion performs pretty poorly. Then there is groupthink, once sufficient people suggest something it is relatively easy for it to become accepted dogma. Lots of people like it so it must be good is a bit irrational frankly.
Edited by nick_charles - 3/19/11 at 1:45pm