Photographers vs. Audiophiles (Part 2): Audio Woo

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Donald B
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Re: Photographers vs. Audiophiles (Part 2): Audio Woo

ZodiacPhoto wrote:

I design test equipment for automated and manual testing / measurement of high-end audio gear.

I am not allowed to name the companies I am working with, or voice my opinion about their products and performance. Therefore, I do not participate in any high-end / hi-fi audio forums.

You often hear from audiophiles that there are characteristics that "cannot be measured instrumentally". As an engineer designing the equipment that does just that, I can tell that these people don't know what exactly they need to measure or how to measure it correctly. Try to imagine what is involved in reproducing "solidity, transparency of soundstage, spatial and textural tangibility, the sense of air around the acoustic image outline, wide spatial perspective, lack of sonic grain and glare," etc., etc. Just read The Absolute Sound and similar publications.

And we are arguing about microcontrast and 3-d pop!

I loved the late 70s electronics , i remember a local DJ kept blowing the finals in his high end player. i was at the time running a electronics repair business at 17 years old. I figured out that the bias voltage on the pre drivers were to blame and lowered the voltage so they wouldnt turn the final output transistors on so hard. solved the problem for him couple of 5 cent resistors saved $120 finals.

Don

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