Senior HTF Member
- Feb 15, 2001
I've seriously seen the "who cares about measurements, ears are all that matter" attitude expressed a number of times.
I think it makes a lot of sense. When was it established that an objectively accurate system is more fun to listen to? AFAIK, no one has established that connection. An accurate system is better to analyse the sound by. So if you listen to flat frequency response and get a kick out of low THD and high SNR, measurements are the perfect vehicle for you.
I think most of the typical subjective positions are equally silly. Liquid midrange, airy highs and a wide and deep soundstage? Everything to do with the sound, nothing to do with the music. These people seem to enjoy listening to guitar picks sliding on strings and saxophonists breathing, they don't really seem to care about what the musicians are playing.
Don't listen with your ears, because that means you're being analytical, whether you do it in the "objective" or the "subjective" way. Listen with your heart, corny as that sounds. If the music touches you emotionally, then it's a good system in a good room playing a good recording. That's the only way to judge it, everything else is so far off the mark it borders on the absurd. If you don't like the color of the LED on the CD player and that bothers you, then it's not a good system for you. If you looked at the specs and the distortion numbers make you uncomfortable, then it's not a good system for you. If you don't care and can ignore all that and just enjoy the music playing on the system, then it's a good system for you.
Just my very opinionated opinion, of course, but that should be understoodAll of this is opinion only, none of it is meant to be presented as fact and should not be construed as such