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Dave.I don't know what track you think I'm on, but I've never "busted your balls." That's just rhetorical nonsense.I have always evaluated objectively AND subjectively. I've raised my eyebrow numerous times reading postings from various folks but I've never mocked them and/or called them silly names.C'mon.Dave.
My only suggestion is that you not call a portion of our fellow Audio Circle members part of a Flat Earth Society. THAT (the thread title) could be taken as an insult to some members. Is that suggestion not reasonable?BTW, I've never actively participated (or even followed) the Parts Express Tech forum. However, I did spend much time on the Madisound forum in its hey day. That's probably what you're thinking of. My memory is still sharp and I certainly remember you and I disagreeing from time to time on that forum, but I guarantee I never called you an inappropriate name or insulted you.Dave.
RPM, I don't remember the criticism being any more sexist than today when she touched a nerve. In those days, I used to read TAS and Stereophile for the articles - not the pictures - and I was always fascinated with her reports. And, she didn't back down. She heard what she heard and that was that. For the younger readers in the crowd, in the time-frame of 25 to 35 years ago, there were no products on the market to address cable dressing. There were no fancy brass cones. Feet on most components were some kind of cheap rubber compound. There were a few lost voices in the wilderness claiming that different wire dielectrics changed the sound of AC cords. Racks were primarily furniture. Worst of all, it was common knowledge that CDs could reproduce "perfect sound forever." There were arguments that all CD players must sound identical since they all read identical data and so must have identical-sounding output. Some of the biggest legacy fan magazines at the time were written by experts who proved month after month that only measurable differences between components could influence sound. The audiophile media at the time were responsible for maintaining an attitude that upgrading one's equipment frequently was the only path to an improved stereo system. Components were king and Enid challenged all that conventional wisdom as well and she backed it up with evidence based primarily on her own subjective hearing. Fortunately for her, and all of us in modern times, TAS provided her a platform and sufficient editorial support to change the audiophile world and launch an industry to fill the need to maximize the gear we already own.
"Right to comfort" silliness. I like that. It might be better if Dave actually attempted an answer to the (excellent) question posed in post #2 by rjbond3rd.Heck, I might not even be a member of this Society. Whew! Dave.
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The Flat Earth Society... I know several members... It's those individuals, who are generally quite intelligent as well as opinionated, but who REFUSE to accept or EVEN TRY something since it does not make sense to them or they cannot calculate or measure it... They are "close-minded and definitely not "open-minded"...Some quotes that I have heard from Flat Earth Society members; Wire and Cabling in a hi-fi system makes zero difference at all, especially power cables... How can it??? Tube-based systems are full of distortion, sound warm and coloured. Solid-state systems are dry & analytical. Class D amplifiers have a long way to go sonic-wise and cannot compete with Class A designs Digital Reproduction is more accurate and sounds better than Analogue (Vinyl) Analogue Reproduction is more life-like and sounds better than Digital (CD's)I could go on & on... The one thing I've learned over many years is that EVERYTHING makes a difference. "Everything" could mean different platings, different metallurgy, different geometries, different components (resistors, capacitors, tubes, dielectrics), different cables, different shielding techniques, cryogenics, "burn-in", etc.Are theses differences subtle? Sometimes YES and sometimes NO... Are these differences an improvement in sound quality? Sometimes YES and sometimes NO...It's the wonderful world of Audio... Enjoy the hobby!My $0.02,Pete
I used to think I could hear!
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