I'm going to call you on a few points you have made. First would be have you ever actually built a headphone from scratch? Do you have any idea how hard it is to put everything together and come out with a win? Its not easy to tune headphones to tailor a specific sound. Hold the manufacturers accountable? I am not sure any headphone designer wants you to be overly analytical with your experience. Ask Val from Vmoda if he created his company so you can listen to sweep tones and over analyze his headphones. He made his gear so you can enjoy music. The LCD2 didn't plot immensely well yet it sound very nice, the Fidelio L1 didn't plot well in the upper regions, yet it sounds nice. Does that mean we bash them for this? Hell no. They all put immensely hard work into it, it took Sennheiser nearly 5 years to produce the HD800 and you want to bash them for some faults that are hardly even audible when you are trying to enjoy music? What you are basically saying is the video game equivalent to creating a program that measures the texture geometry on the walls, the more perfect the angle the better the graph will look, yet the game can still look like pure crap. You want to rely on a machine to tell you the textures are perfectly formed, yet they look like absolute crap. Go look at Star Wars Battlefront II for the pc, those textures on the walls are all nicely formed angles, yet the game looks like pure crap.
I fully endorse my favorite headphones failures. They do not bother me. My DX1000 isn't sublime, nor is my Fidelio L1 yet they sound highly musical and the failures shown on a chart are not even audibly present the majority of the time. So no, you are absolutely wrong in your assumption. There is nothing wrong with using graphs to further your tech knowledge, I never said anything to the contrary. I said it was one part of the puzzle, you made it seem like I said it was THE DEVIL or some demon you need to avoid at all costs when I clearly said the opposite, twice. You saying that the graph will help you decide what YOU like is a rehash of what I said twice before on this very page, so yes I agree.
Your idea what what journey is worth taking is purely subjective. Many of us enjoy the experience and The Hunt. Experiencing many products instead of just one. Why on earth would I wan to celebrate measurements over the experience itself? I am one of very few reviewers who almost never speaks of charts and plots because I feel them to be pointless and useless TO ME. You are analytical, I am musical. I prefer MUSICALITY over Perfect graphs. I could care less if they looked like the Rocky Mountains so long as the end result sounds incredible.
So what you are implying is that you got into headphones because you started off listening in a critical way? LOL ok...
Well said. I'll add one more point to this since it's something I've noticed about this site since I've been here: There are posters here who seem to take quite a bit of enjoyment when a headphone doesn't measure well or when there are aspects to the measurements that they find problematic. I feel that's a large part of why these headphone wars begin and become out of control, and when you really think about what people are attacking each other over it's completely asinine. When it becomes enjoyable to be critical of someone else's headphone purchase decisions because you have a graph that shows something imperfect about them, it's time to find another hobby where you can be a bit more mature.