Originally Posted by Hutnicks
Post of the year material right there.
Just at what point in time did we all lose our minds and decide that we should let a waterfall graph tell us what we should be hearing? The whole issue of objectivism in audio has gotten totally out of hand. Measured specs are at best a guide and an engineering tool, not and end unto themselves. Has no one clued in and realized that music is not recorded objectively? If it was, it would all sound the same.
As an Electrical Engineer I can tell you that any consumer product, no.......any product is always judged partially on subjective criteria.
Even circuit breakers, capacitors, resistors are designed with a little bit of visual style.
I'm sure the US military buys guns and armaments partially based on the subjective experience.
Someone has to pick it up and shoot it, carry it around, sling it over their shoulder. They may not admit it to themselves, but it just has to feel right.
It may only count for a few percentage points in the big picture, but it's always there.
People buy cars partially based on the fact that brand X, model G Mark III looks good and feels good when you drive it.
The "other leading brand" just doesn't feel right to the buyer, the seating or position of the steering wheel doesn't feel right. Obviously you can quantify all of this (or most of it) but ultimately "feel" has a bit to do with it.
And why should audio equipment be any different?
If don't like the way a piece of audio equipment sounds and feels, I ain't buyin' it.
As far as I'm concerned, a lot of audio people like a touch of distortion, a touch of colour, flavour.