I'll sit this out.
I’m actually curious as to why you think you should.I'll sit this out.
That’s why the Haven was started. So if these discussions popped up, they wouldn’t devolve into tribalist shouting fests.I'm at a loss as to how to convey myself without the (high) risk of being misconstrued in a manner which incites the usual issues with these topics.
Generally I have, too, and am moving more towards this way of picking gear. Or, rather, I use objective competence as a filter, and then subjectively pick from whatever makes it through. If that makes sense.I find that they do, but it's personal.
I'm happy sites like that exist. Just as I'm happy that places like Stereophile exist. One can exist solely in the objective camp, one more solidly defined in "hey man, if it sounds good it is good" camp. And then I can use information from both to make a call on what to take a gamble on. The purpose being to make it less of a gamble I guess.The ASR site has some value, but they have their critics as well. They don't do product reviews in a traditional sense, but they do have their fans.
Most times what happens is very firm lines are drawn in a sea of misunderstanding.What I don't like is the all or nothing approach. Like, I believe that one cable can sound different than another cable. But I also think that something like a $36,000 pair of Nordost Odin speaker cables is totally absurd if not just outright fraud.
I laughed.... if not medically explainable.
I have the opinion (?) that technology simply hasn't caught up to what we can hear. While something may have a compelling (if subtle) sonic property that can't otherwise be quantified by science as we now know it, that's not to say that technology in 25 years (if Earth isn't f**ked by then) won't then be able to identify and/or measure what we were hearing all along. But that's also not to say that there isn't other stuff that really isn't up to scrutiny, now or in the future. (Yes, Synergistic Research does come to mind, I'm afraid, but I have no argument with anyone who uses and/or buys their stuff. It's just not for me, for the reason(s) you alluded to.)I think there's a measurable difference for everything we subjectively hear. There's no magical "it just sounds like that, there's no explanation". But I also own some suspicious devices of dubious objective merit, and get results that make me enjoy the music more...even if it is all in my head. I like to think it isn't, and that something measurable is actually happening, but I don't lose sleep over that fact that it could all be me manipulating my own perception.
I have everything plugged into a Synergistic Research PowerCell. Which just ooozes of snake oil and audiophile goofiness and when evaluating it I was fully prepared to laugh. But something happened in it that took an edge off of things and seem to take away, a bit, the feeling of listening to a stereo rather than listening to live music. So I borrowed it and kept it. I hide it, though, as I think its all a bit embarrassing. Far from my bias being towards such things and wanting to show them off, I think a lot of my audiophile stuff is just silly if not outright embarrassing and I try to not tell my friends the extent of the absurdity involved here in just playing some tunes. There's also been many things that I've tried that made me just shrug my shoulders, as I couldn't hear a lick of improvement.
I’ve struggled with this one. Generally in a group I’ve seen people react positively to the same stuff. But online I see people wowed by gear that I cannot fathom being viewed as good if people have heard all that’s out there. But they like it so who am I to argue with it?It often comes down to personal preference when deciding what gear’s sound people like - 6 of one/half a dozen of the other, the gear is on the same level. But what about when what clearly sounds better to one person clearly sounds worse to someone else. In the bigger picture, perhaps everyone’s unique ears and brain are much more important to perceived sound quality than lab test results.