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I emailed Nelson Pass a few months ago about the fact that I was going to mod his First Watt amps and I told him I would help him with tweaking his products and even do it for cheap or free. He replied that what I do is valid but "he has no interest in it". He is making great money doing what he wants (circuit design) and has no interest in going down the long tunnel of tweakdom. You see.....tweaking is like life....it is infinite....an infinite Pandoras box....yup. You will never get to the end. You will never reach "perfection". Once you do a few straight wire bypass tests and realize that even a small piece of wire is audible....well....you realize that the game is never ending. The objectivists live in a simple world. I envy such simplicity. Nelson had no problem with me playing with or modding his gear. He does not resist tweaking........he just has no interest in it.
You realize that it has never been proven that lower measured distortion actually brings better sound (amps and preamps, not speakers).
So far, from what I am hearing here-it appears that folks calling themselves objectivists actually choose all their audio components based on measurements alone?!! Really?
You either trust the direct experience of your being/mind and senses or you don't.
What imperfections? It is all perfect....
Read my statement again. The example requires one to hear the cello playing during the recording session live in the room. Yes, there will be small differences due to microphone choice, placement, etc, but anyone who has actual experience doing this kind of test will hear much larger differences between the live sound, and the playback sound. Unfortunately, even high end audio systems are very far from sounding the same as the real thing.
No. Really. We just don't pretend what we happen to like is "better" in any absolute sense, and we don't assume other people necessarily agree with our tastes. What we are saying is that if you want to know if a change actually results in an improvement in an objective sense, measurements are essential. And measurements are much more than just distortion (that subjectivists seem hung up on).
I do worry that, even with the best intentions, it is easy to become involved with modifications and experiments to the extent that one is emotionally entangled with outcomes, to the potential detriment of accurate reporting.
If you try the mod after having lived with the NC400 sound for a year+ then feel free to convey your personal experience on the resulting sound change Cheers
If you haven't tried it how can you comment? If you base your opinion on anything other than real world experience, then your opinion has no basis for comment
... the Audio experience with my modified NC400 is the best I have heard. The audio experience allows me to easily feel as if I was there at the live recording. Before the recent mods this was not the case.
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