MI love how you guys limit reality to 'what matters here', if people only listen to those you're right.He was just referring to the development of the curve as greater samples of listeners were tested over the years, meaning the latest will likely be closest to the preference of an average listener. They are pretty similar anyway.
Most recordings will have their final mastering before release (which is what matters here) done with studio speakers. For the few that don't and use headphones with response far from that of studio speakers, that's just yet another cause of audio's circle of confusion, which Dr Sean Olive and Harman are trying to finally break at the reproduction side due to the lack of action in proper standardisation by the music industry at the production side. And it looks like it's thankfully working, with more and more headphones like the DCA Stealth that follow the Harman target being produced. The circle of confusion has to be broken somewhere at some time, and the Harman target is a standard that is least disruptive to the industry as it follows both the tonality of a good speaker in a good room, and the preference of the majority of listeners (including you judging by your praise of the Stealth).
But what about the recordings that already exist? I listen to very little new music, and I probably speak for most audiophiles on that.
It's astounding you can call neutral a curve that assumes a modern studio environment and use of speakers with a a neutral sound for all recordings made henceforward. And all headphones should be made with that standard in mind. Are you insane? You can't call that objective or neutral. It isn't.
Harman curve has little to do with why the Stealth sounds great. It sounds great because it contains tech that eliminates resonances and distortions inside the cup.
The Harman curve tuning was little more than an afterthought to get the best tone. But the clarity is Dan.