Look, There is so much here that I won't comment on everything, I'll let you take a breath, and take your time to re read the conversation, calmly. Like for a start assess why on earth you have to take this all so personally and as an attack,
I'm sure you would wish it was a personal attack, in the same way I imagine you wish you could divine people's emotions over a screen as accurately as you think you do. That would let you just handwave everything I said by calling to you getting triggered. But since that option isn't available to you, you're going to actually have to do the work of properly responding. I asked it be through PM's as to not spam the general thread, but I guess you want to leave things in that way. Or you perhaps didn't read this request I made in the same way I now have more reason to believe you basically didn't read my post in the first place (which would explain the silly claim of "not getting your point" when I evidently replied to every portion of your post with quotes).
It's not about you, I am not the one with the agressive tone here and who use terms like "pedantic".
Pedantry isn't aggression, and I remain confident you'll not be able to spin it in a way where it would seem so based on how I used it. I used it completely cordially, and gave a heads up on why I replied the way I to your post. But in case you feel up to the task of actually reading this post unlike my other one, I'll repeat myself. I have trouble condensing my thoughts down yet still feeling like I confidently got the informative value of what I wanted to say across.
When someone tells you "I know it's cynical" It means "I ido not mean to make fun of your statement" It mean, "I admit this sounded a bit harsh" It means... Don't take this personally...
That's fine, yet again, if you read my post, I'm not sure why you would even think I "took it personally" (though to actually be pedantic, it's not clear how someone wouldn't take a critique of their stance "not personally" given that it's a personal preference that's being targeted). But I get the colloquial sense of what you're trying to say, and I'm just here to explain, nothing was taken "personal". Not sure why you would waste your time even caring, or leveling this accusation if you were serious about getting your ideas across. In fact, going forward, you have my invitation to act in any harsh manner you please, and rest assured it won't be taken personal as you put it. Don't care much about the tone of a discussion when the topic of conversation is already knee deep. I've been exposed to far too many people start going down this avenue of "tone of the conversation" as an exit tactic from having to properly reply to a person over the topic itself. Don't do that, or if you're going to do it, just say you don't want to talk anymore and be done with it, no need for explanations if you don't actually care.
Maybe in second. Reread that sentence of your's:
-"Speaker amps I don't even use as I only used powered varients (not much a speaker guy, just use Vanatoo T1E's) so I wouldn't even be able to tell you what the objective performance of the DAC and AMP unit in that device even is. Speaker amp performance are a curiosity at best for me... (...)"
My whole point is that you can't rank a DAC (with in the case of the apple dongle the ability to drive sensitive earphones) on the same scale as a speaker Amp. And that Sinad, in both case are a performance metric out of others to assess performance. Now look at the very first sentence I responded to.
Yeah but I already addressed this, and I'm not sure what you think you've achieved here. I CAN AND DO still compare a dongle and speaker amp, precisely because SINAD is cross compatible as a comparison tool. Now you can waste my time telling me "but yeah dude, you also need other things if you're really going to extract value from evaluating a product". But then you'd not be saying anything informative, nor would you be saying anything disagreeable. You made a claim that SINAD is useless. I contested that claim. You moving goal posts now and calling me out for my inability to deduce the implication that pragmatically -SINAD alone isn't enough- doesn't equal -SINAD is useless-
Sorry, that's not going to happen when you make a claim that strong. You don't need to write as much as you did, and keep asking the multitude of questions you did, to come out with the conclusion of the implicit point "you wanted to make" that no one would actually disagree with in the first place anyway (at least no one that I've ever seen or could imagine). That would be perplexingly stupid.
Maybe in third, try to assess where in this discussion I said anything to suggest that "He (I) takes SINAD to be quite literally meaningless in all instances".
Already did that in my long reply, and you can actually track the timeline of how my thoughts develop based on the chronology of your post. But seeing as how you didn't read my reply, I'll answer you here in hopes you do this time. It was the part where you said: "Bottom line, it’s already a bit diminutive to rank device of the same type based only on one metric, Now mixing them all up on this sole metric is to be honest totally meaningless."
Idk about you, but that is how I account for the conclusion I made. Call me crazy if you want. Or perhaps if you take me to be an actual moron, maybe next time give a properly detailed post about what you actually want to say first, and explain how you come to the conclusion, instead of putting me through an interrogation (for what now seems to have been a pointless venture unfortunately). I'm fine with being questioned, that's the best way of eventually coming to a conclusion about someone's true take of something.
Ahhh yes, of the limited reply you gave here, you conclude like the way you began. More of this divination over computer screens about my physiological and psychological state. Like, please help me understand this part since the actual topic of contention can be set aside for a second. Why do you feel the need to do this? Like, read my mind, and also offer medical advice? Sure if you could see that I'm having a heart attack somehow, I would understand. This isn't a live-chat to where buildups of emotion and compound. This is a forum where we have MORE than enough time to cool off between replies. Even if I was heated, that wouldn't be relevant now. It's not even clear why you would imagine I even WAS heated prior in the first place.. Regardless, can I ask you not do this in future replies? If you're truly want to stop talking, then stop making it seem like I'm some unreasonable lunatic, and just say you're offended on some level and want to move on. Otherwise I really dislike having to bloat my posts more than they already are addressing these off-topic witty one-liners.