Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Apr 3, 2021
Did JGH (in whose ears we trust) say this BEFORE or AFTER seeing the measurements?So for instance, let's take some segments from a speaker review. Here's an old one by Gordon Holt/Stereophile, for the Spendor BC1. Some of his descriptions:
"Let it first be said that this speaker does have shortcomings, not the least of which includes a tendency toward mid-bass drumminess and a mild but sharp peak around 12kHz, which adds a subtle hissing edge to the sound of massed violins. Above about 12kHz, the high end falls off rapidly, resulting in a perceptible deficiency of airiness."
If he actually HEARD the "subtle hissing edge" and the "deficiency of airiness" BEFORE knowing about the 12kHz peak and subsequent rapid falloff that the measurements revealed, then that's really excellent and validates the thesis that purely subjective listening can uncover valuable info.
But if he reached these sonic impressions only AFTER seeing the measurements, well, I could have done the same without ever bothering to listen to the speaker at all.