Originally Posted by cel4145
Many of the people who act like hardcore scientists tend to apply their objectivism sporadically. If they didn't, they wouldn't have any fun here. They couldn't post their subjective evaluations. 80-90% of what's posted on head-fi is dubious if one applies hardcore objective scientific principles and one demands evidence. If Head-Fi strictly followed objectivist principles, there wouldn't be an active forum.
Here's the thing about subjective evaluations: I absolutely think they have a place in something like audio. However, I would simply ask that it be shown that there actually is a difference between two components before beginning the subjective evaluation. If two speakers genuinely are different, demonstrating that difference in a blind test is fairly easy, and after that, it is really a matter of subjective preference which speaker sounds better to any particular individual. The demands for objective evidence tend to be more focused on wild claims of differences between components when there is no reason to expect such differences to exist in the first place.
Basically, if I were to state that an SUV was superior to a Corvette because it could go more places and hold more people, someone else is perfectly welcome to disagree and say they prefer the Corvette. That's a matter of subjectivism. However, if I claim that one blue '09 Corvette with 15k miles is superior to another absolutely identical blue '09 Corvette with 15k miles, because I can tell that it is clearly faster (even though every time we run them down the drag strip, they're dead even), sounds better (even though all audio measurements show them to be the same), and rides better (even though every accelerometer measurement we take shows the same vibe levels inside), you would be justified in telling me that I was spouting nonsense.
In the case of comparing two different speakers, or two different headphones, or even a well-made solid state amp vs a tube amp intentionally designed to cause euphonic distortion, we're arguing between the SUV and the Corvette. There is no one right answer. However, in arguing between two solid state amps that both have adequate specs, or between two reasonably well-made cables, or that sort of thing, we're arguing between the two Corvettes.
Edited by cjl - 8/8/14 at 12:56pm