I answered this already. Have you considered the distance between the violin and the mike vs the listener and the mike, and factored that in when comparing the fall-off in SPL of the reflected sounds?
Umm, ok. I am not sure how an arbitrary preference is somehow comparable to a preference based on how something sounds in an actual concert, but if you think these 2 things are comparable, then i dont really know what to say.
ETA: I have stated why I think some people might prefer the additional decay. It should be blindingly obvious to anyone that this is not meant as a universal truth but an explanation for a preference, and that there is no real "right" when it comes to subjective preferences (and let's be clear about something - the end game for most people is finding a sound that they like - not a sound that they can measurbate over).
You're trying to sell that the room it's in doesn't really affect the recording when in fact it's crucial.
You're also trying to sell that either everybody listens in concert halls (zing!) or that if some people listen in crappy rooms and like it like that, we should care about it.
What's next, speakers designed for crap rooms? Neat! :P
As far as the Oppo PM1 headphones are concerned, I'll wait for the fat lady to sing. :)
Edited by eugenius - 4/18/14 at 8:34am