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Comparing audio gear is very difficult

cedd

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I don't see why it should be difficult. The goal should always be how close it reproduces an input signal.

There's going to be variation, audible to us or not, in how these different drivers, chipsets and architectures reproduce lows, mids and highs. This is measurable. The biggest murkiness IMO is the infinite ways each engineer chooses to tune the equipment in hardware. There's no agreed upon, definable standard and so these EQ curves have to be normalized first before comparing any two.

If we're serious about comparison our subjective impression based on our own ears should be no more than a footnote to the cold, dry, reproducible science of frequency response measurement.
 
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^That's the whole thing though, since none of us were in the recording studio when a particular recording was made how do any of us know how any recording is supposed to sound
 
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