- Jan 27, 2019
The non-highlighted parts are full of response triggering rhetoric. Intentionally or not, the controversy has been there from post #1.
If someone here finds that triggering, that seems to say more about them than the OP.
In all seriousness, I think measurements are fundamental. Part of the reason is the audio industry exists in such a circle of confusion. Leads to all sorts of odd pseudo-science like fancy cables, fancy feet, green pens, etc. More practically, randomly moving around speakers and furnishings and changing rooms without knowing what the various room modes are. Not understanding how the room measures and interreacts with your speaker is the antithesis of ASR.
Sure, many on ASR see using measurements as fundamental - in this case in the service of ironing outspeaker/room response. But one can acknowledge the usefulness of doing so, for that goal, without doing it yourself. One can find value in ASR for avoiding audiophile woo-woo, b.s. marketting/audiophile claims, and gain some understanding in one's areas of gear interest. It doesn't entail everyone has to do in his/her system everything the most accuracy-devoted members have done.
Also, while room measurements have allowed more revealing information, and DSP has allowed more surgical precision in getting flatter sound, it's not like audiophiles have never been able to achieve good sound without all that, up to this time. Yes, it's less precise to experiment with speaker and listener positions just using your ears, and some issues may go unnoticed. But plenty of problems are quite noticeable and can be ameliorated to some degree by playing with placement. If many problems were not obvious enough just in what we can percieve unaided by technology, then we wouldn't need to bother with measuring in the first place. Why care about what you can't notice without a laptop and a mic? In the end, most care about noticeable, audible problems, and some of those problems are tractable by just experimenting! Often enough so as many audiophiles, like the OP, have found high sonic satisfaction.
And to again to bring in talk about "fancy cables, fancy feet, green pens, etc." seems to be associating the OP with all sorts of negative concepts that I do not see in his posts or attitude.
It may come across as snarky or condescending if you want, it really isn't my intent.
Fair enough. I'm just giving my take too.