+1. If you aren’t bothered by noise and distortion, or if you prefer a particular level or type, then you will think an amp with higher levels of them will sound better.Hello,
Well, if you like a particular type or mixture of distortion, that is fine. But, most of us want to hear exactly what the band and their engineer wanted us to hear. That is what we are striving for and testing for. But whatever floats your boat, just don't expect everyone else to jump onboard with your tastes.
As it turns out, most people prefer the sound of lower noise and lower distortion. That is, they know what sound they like, and it is not any sound added by the amp. That is a subjective impression based on comparative listening.
Quite far from being inefficient, decision making based on measurements increases the efficiency of decision making. That is it’s purpose and main benefit. Especially so in this age of no more brick and mortar.
Now, this is a harsh reality for those who like to endlessly argue over things that can never be proven or disproven. It is also bad news for those who profit handsomely from deceiving the consumer. But since I fit into neither category…