It makes perfect sense for the engineers to concern themselves with measyrements, but not the average consumer. It might if measurements could guarantee performance, but they do not
Tube amplifiers don't measure well, but the good ones sound sublime...or at least allow the speakers to sound sublime. In a way solid state cannot hold a candle to.
what matters most is sonic performance
Basically, your comments adhere to the subjectivist manifesto. You use words ("performance" , in re: the system, and "sublime" ) which cannot transfer meaning to another person. Those words have no reference. The only meaning that WE
can derive is that there is something out there that you like, that it doesn't seem to be accuracy, and that we cannot otherwise tell a single thing about what it is.
This is the typical problem of subjective terminology; the description (and the phraseology used to provide the description) mean something to the speaker, but not anything to other people. People can't meld minds.
If my system - which measures really well - doesn't impress me, I would be a fool to think it's a good system because I am safe in the knowledge it measures well.
Actually, this statement is 100% backwards. It should read, "If my system measures really well, I would be a fool to think it's not a good system." It may or may not be the best, but if it measures well, then it is accurate and neutral.
One other thing: no system that is accurate should ever "impress" anyone .... ever. Audio systems are not made to impress people. They are made to play back a recording of a musical performance that was entered into them. If that musical performance was lousy (and many are) then the system will present you with lousy music. If the musical performance was good, then the system will present you with good music.
And if the musical performance was truly magnificent .... well, then yes,
you will be impressed ..... by truly magnificent music.
Not a truly magnificent system, but truly magnificent music
That doesn't happen all the time. Despite that, some people want
it to happen all the time. Some people want
to be impressed all the time. They want a magic box that turns garbage into gold, that makes what is naturally mundane into an exciting and visceral experience.
I understand that. I think everyone here understands that. And I think quite a few of the people here are attracted to that sort of system.
But they understand it for what it is: a mirage, an attractive lie. And they don't evangelize their personal choice to other people. They don't claim it's "better". They simply enjoy it for what it is.
With the apps available today, you can modify any system that is neutral and accurate to sound like any "impressive" system .... and then cancel or modify as you please at any later date. With an "impressive" system, that's either not possible, not easy or not cheap. You're stuck with it. The sound you hear is its native response, and you may not be able top get rid of all of it. And the odds are that you WILL want to get rid of all, or at least a part, of that system sound. Over the years, I've seen it time and time again. I've seen "upgrade-itis" fueled by gradual diffidence and dissatisfaction. Initial sound was "impressive", but gradually the newness wears off. And make no mistake about it; newness is what really causes the impressiveness. The brain locks onto something new and different, and we're impressed ..... for a while. Then we get used to it. Oops!
Now you may say, "You're wrong! I'm different! I've had a system that impresses me greatly, and I've had it for a long time!" Good. Congratulations! However, don't think that the vast majority of listeners out there are like you. They're not. Instead, they go from one "impressive" system to another, trying to chase that ephemeral Holy Grail. What causes them to continue? Testimonies such as yours. They read what you've written, and they trusted you. They believed you.
Talk about frustration and dissatisfaction! If they had just gotten a reasonably neutral system, they could fiddle around with all sorts of apps and find what they want .... inexpensively.
Or they could get a neutral system and face the facts: some recordings are garbage. Live with it.