Edited by KraftD1 - 1/10/13 at 6:17am
So there it is in black and white, you've deemed us Tera Player owners to be gullible chumps (paraphrasing) for purchasing our devices on the basis of exceptional sound quality and not superfluous features that we can do without.
To opine about the sound of a DAP that you've not even listened to does your credibility a great disservice, as how is this being remotely objective in your critique?
I'm corresponding with my contact at ARCAM about sending my Tera Player to him for comprehensive measurement analysis. I'm just awaiting reassurance that it won't be opened up voiding the warranty. More news soon...
It is interesting discussing the purported merits of the Tera Player with someone so obviously fixated with objective measurements and obtaining what I'd term `diaphanous' sound. My own sonic preference is for a more beguilingly musical representation and if this encompasses a bit of harmonic distortion, tube bloom or a `coloured' presentation then so be it, as ultimately it's what gets my toes tapping that counts!
I dub it, "The Mom Test"
I agree with you. Lots of stuff going on these days, I just get to kick back with my Tera Player while it all happens. The fact is it may not be the best thing ever in existence, but it's a really great player that many enjoy, isn't that enough? I've seen the same type of nitpicking from other on these forums when it comes to expensive gear. It's like they haven't been reminded of the motto around here. Personally I'm okay for price where there is value. When I did really hear a bad word about it from owners and figured it'd be able to fit my lifestyle well, I jumped at the opportunity to get it. No regrets. Eventually a happy owner will get bored enough and have the right knowhow to test this great player. As I've said, I don't really care what results come out, If the best sounding thing in the world was 50 pounds and used 14 batteries and what have you, I wouldn't use it. performance to size ratio I can't think of another thing thats comparable unless you throw in performance vs price and then the Sansa Clip+ might have it beat in that respect.
As always HiFlight, and interesting read. That's part of the reason I don't care about the measurements. What do they really prove anyways
I concur, a very erudite submission. One that gives us serious food for thought about what factors influence our enjoyment of music reproduction.