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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    In fairness, here's something like a study on claimed cable properties on a $5000 Audioquest speaker cable. What's more disturbing to me about this than even the measurement issues is the lack of engineering knowledge suggested by the design choices (the "DBS system" raising capacitance for...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    Can we measure: -Sound stage depth -Sound stage width -Harshness I think most/many people who have listened to speakers will have observed differences in the above characteristics between speaker systems... can they be measured though?
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    What Measurements Show These Things?

    I was just going to post something long these lines and would be interested in an answer also. Is there a measurement for: -Sound stage depth -Sound stage width -Harshness I think most/many people who have listened to speakers will have observed differences in the above characteristics...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    Very helpful, thanks.
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    Audiophoolery humour thread

    Sorry, I was speaking casually. I didn't realize people would spend time nitpicking my quickly-written forum post with a fine toothed comb around here for a little internet forum oneupmanship. Here, Merriam-Webster could use your insight: Choose the Right Synonym for precise CORRECT...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    I understand what you mean by "if you fail often enough, you asymptotically approach absolute proof." My question was -- where's the "failing often enough" you're referring to? Are you referring to studies or something else?
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    It's better to stick to the ideas being debated than to get personal which is especially pointless when it's on the internet. When you make this comment about "if you fail often enough, you asymptotically approach absolute proof" -- what exactly are you talking about? Is anyone aware of even...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    Of course the experiments with power cables are tainted by my knowing. I'm completely aware that my evaluations are flawed in that regard. That said, if you notice what I said earlier, I'm only trying to meet a standard of "do I feel this is actually better and if so, am I willing to pay for...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    I'm not sure what you're talking about here but I think I've made my point and will bow out of this debate which, because people have such firm beliefs about, is sort of pointless. I'd be happy to set up a truly double blind test with power cables and see what I find out but that's not...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    And who is that person? It's not everyone who experiments with things like power cords. Most who do probably don't have the opportunity to set up truly controlled double blind tests like that. Additionally, there's another factor to consider in the whole "controlled listening" setting. My RME...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    You could call it loaded I suppose. But I'm really referring to the people who reject as illusory any reported observation that apparently can't be correlated with a frequency response graph or some other measurement technique. To me that's an ideological position.
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    The unproved assertion that everything relevant to the perception of sound quality can be currently measured is an ideological commitment. It's really a guess and cannot be proved.
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    That's very clever.
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    I compare them using the a few sound clips at the same volume level, and make a determination as to whether I think there is a difference and if one is better than the other. The only standard it needs to meet is the "am I willing to pay for this" standard. That's it. It's a personal decision...
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    "Things that cannot be measured"

    Because science cannot prove things (it can only disprove them -- proof exists in math but not science) the truth is we do not know whether there are qualities of sound that cannot be CURRENTLY measured but that are relevant to human perception of sound quality. My sense is that there are such...
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    Audiophoolery humour thread

    The $1,250 "Cable Stabilizer." An apparently inert box that you run the cables through. In goes music (music travels through power cables?) veiled by noise, and out comes unadulterated sonic bliss: https://www.thecableco.com/opt-30-hg-hr-3p-set-of-625.html "The true music signal, once hidden...
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    Is "Live" Sound the Gold Standard for Audio? Why? Why Not?

    When I think of measuring a hi-fi system by its ability to reproduce "live" music, I think of it more in terms of the context of each recording. In other words, if I were standing where the microphone was that recorded whatever music is on the track, how similar is that experience to what is...
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    Audiophoolery humour thread

    Now if you can plausibly explain how plugging a widget into one power outlet will "focus" electrons flowing into another outlet in such a way that it improves your audio quality to a level worth $2,700, I will be impressed.
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    Audiophoolery humour thread

    If you want "better focused electrons" (Yes really!) in your power supply, look no further than this bargain product: $2,699.00 "Through having a more precise concentration of electrons the audio signal becomes clearer and cleaner. "...
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    Decent inexpensive (relatively) XLR cables

    I've had good results with DH Labs
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