- May 28, 2009
I thought it would have been given that we all knew more expensive gear is not necessarily better gear. Audiophiles are searching for things that are subjectively better to their personal tastes.
Yeah but you wrote "better performance through more and more expensive gear"... When I read performance I think of objective measures like FPS, max frame time, energy consumption or frequency response, SNR, THD ...
Exactly, most audiophiles don't care about such performance. They go by gut feeling, because they don't even do controlled listening tests.
Yet you will still find plenty of PC enthusiasts saying AMD cards have better color reproduction than Nvidia cards, and I have seen tests (mostly inconclusive) that try to prove this point.
Different (post)processing leads to different images, just like adding a crossfeed or EQ or compressor in your player changes the sound. All both measurable and perceivable (even in a blind test).