It is the same a buying a great car, you sample the cars you want to buy to find one that matches what appeals to you.
And how are you supposed to sample all the speakers in the comfort of your own home without being pressured into making a purchase by dealers? Dealers dont make it easy. No dealer will bring all their gear round to your home and let you borrow it. Its very rare for that to happen. It should be a right not a privelege to be able to sample all the options to help make your decision.
What happens if after sampling all the available options, nothing suitable is found, why should the customer be penalized? is it their fault that nothing could be found? its a complete gamble to expect an audiophile to sample dozens of speakers in an unfamilar in store demo room, over months or years then expect them to miraculously end up with one that suits their requirements.
If youre going to do this properly, you need to be fully blindfolded. Every possible variable should be constant except one. Then you vary that one variable, and note the preferences.
When you compare two speakers side by side youre actually comparing multiple variables at the same time which just leads to confusion. Speaker A has an mdf cabinet, a low end response down to 40hz, a diamond tweeter, a paper woofer and time cohesive crossover. Speaker B has a carbon fibre composite cabinet, a low end response down to 20hz, berylium tweeter, aluminium woofer, and a 4th order linkwitz riley.
Its impossible to know whats causing any differences you think you hear.
We are being duped into ignoring this.
Magazine reviewers arent blindfolded. They dont test one variable at a time. They dont even compare two speakers at the same time. It can be months or years in between each review. Yet audiophiles rely on these faulty rave reviews to help them decide what to buy.
Really a high end device is not a myth if you don’t think you can go far faster in a Porsche than a Preis you got another thing comming.
it depends what you mean by going faster. Youre just causing more confusion by bringing cars into this discussion.