Originally Posted by Satellite_6
No kool aid and no microphones in amp testing lol. . . do some more research.
The Objective duo sounds great if you like actual hi-fi. If you like distorted low-fi it will not be enjoyable. Distortion sounds so much better to so many people but to me it just sounds bad.
Also if the designer of the B22 has proven himself useless at taking accurate measurements. . . so it is not a contender based on the OP's criterion.
Hum. No. "Hi-Fi" has never been a flat frequency response before engineers high-jacked the term and redefined it using their test equipment. And I think we can agree that distortion is bad either ways, and so is not really the problem here. Even "subjective designers" agree that the lower the distortion, the better. Frequency response is the core issue here.
If you go back only a decade, a Hi-Fi system was expected to have a steep roll off before 100 Hz and a slow treble roll off. Sure, advancements in technologies has allowed to extend that, but no Hi-Fi system is claiming to have a perfectly flat response from 0 Hz to 100 Hz. That's just silly. And it hurts.
And here's the most silly part with all this argument: Few are the mastering studios that use a single, objectively better set of speakers or headphones to mix the final master. They use many different sets representing Home Theater systems, Multi-media systems, car systems, ear-buds... you get the idea. Audio albums are not mastered to be listened trough audio systems able to recreate a perfectly flat frequency response. Therefore, they are mastered in a way that compensate for that. In other words: Even your source, the music album, is not flat. Forcing this trough a perfectly flat system results in a non-flat output.
Conversely, The O2 measurements all the faibois are using as their bible to defend their opinions come from the same guy who designed the damn thing. A creator cannot be perfectly objective towards its own creation. Something can only become a scientific fact after the results have been replicated from different teams not having any interests in the final results.