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Re: a prime case of why subjective reviews of audio gear are USELESS

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Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:16:45 -0400

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I suppose you've already considered that the standard portfolio of
distortion measurements hardly describes the actual sound into loudspeakers?

clark


On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> This kind of thing lights a fire under the audiophillic community. The
> beauty of this example is that it was all played out in Stereophile,
> definitely prime reading for the subjective-review scene:
> http://www.stereophile.com/**content/croft-acoustics-phono-**
> integrated-integrated-**amplifier<http://www.stereophile.com/content/croft-acoustics-phono-integrated-integrated-amplifier>
>
> I suggest you start with John Atkinson's measurements of this clearly
> badly-designed piece of gear:
> http://www.stereophile.com/**content/croft-acoustics-phono-**
> integrated-integrated-**amplifier-measurements<http://www.stereophile.com/content/croft-acoustics-phono-integrated-integrated-amplifier-measurements>
>
> Then go back and read the main, gushing review, and the follow-on by
> another editor:
> http://www.stereophile.com/**content/croft-acoustics-phono-**
> integrated-integrated-**amplifier-stephen-mejias-**comments<http://www.stereophile.com/content/croft-acoustics-phono-integrated-integrated-amplifier-stephen-mejias-comments>
>
> I'm not questioning the sincerity of any of them, nor the deep belief by
> the two subjective reviewers that they liked what they heard. But, if they
> could so like something that should have very audible distortions and
> colorations, how can we trust their reviews? What is their reference point,
> because it seems to favor colorations and distortions? It's OK not to like
> accurate sound reproduction, but what use is a review of anything if the
> goal isn't accurate sound reproduction?
>
> One man's (subjective) opinions ...
>
> -- Tom Fine

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