- 90 posts total
- 90 posts total
If humans can hear it it can be measured. How the brain interprets that sound is the focus of science now. Speakers and room acoustics determine most of what we hear. As long as the reproduction chain is as neutral as possible which can be done now then what’s on the medium will get to the speakers. Some don’t like what the recording engineers put on that medium so we have tone controls of various kinds to tweak it to our liking. Distortion in some tube and SS amps, cables designed as tone controls, EQs, Digital processing etc.. are ways we tune our systems to our liking and correct the flaws of our speakers and rooms. But the notion science can’t measure or understand the recording and playback process isn’t correct.
Sorry, but science wouldn’t know sound if it came up and bit them in the buttocks. Old and stodgy, as slow as molasses in January, the science community can’t see the forest for the trees. Lead, follow or get out of the way! The Argument that science or measurements can come to the rescue of audiophile dilemmas is an example of appeal to authority perpetrated by English and history majors. Once we found out that THD doesn’t really mean anything the jig was up and that was 40 years ago. A loss of naiveness as it were.
Look, I have never bought Bose, but NO ONE spends more money on R&D, including measurements and consumer preference than Bose, which they pursue in a very organized and scientific fashion.
I think what many are missing can be summarized:
Regardless of your taste or desire to own Bose or Pass, you cannot deny their organized methodology based on experimentation, measurement and discovery. That. Is. Science.
What is not scientific is recommending a product for humans to buy based on ancient measurements. To make a car analogy, buying based on MPG doesn't tell you anything about your enjoyment or comfort while driving, but those ARE measurable too. Just like the food analogy introduced above, there are plenty of food scientists who work every day in figuring out how to make a tastier cookie, and only some of their work involves the chemistry lab.
And that's my problem with ASR. They stop at the chemistry lab and ignore the mouth feel, crunchiness, and taste of blends to the point where they have no correlation between the two, unlike a food scientist who would constantly be connecting the two.
Toole advocates direct A/B comparison of speakers. Quickly switching between two or more sets of speakers will almost always end you up with the most forward and fatiguing speakers. The more neutral speaker will seem dull and flat in comparison. The best way is to spend time with a set, or single for that matter, and play as wide a range of music as possible. Then switch to the other set, and repeat the process.