Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Apr 11, 2020
- Southeastern U.S.
If you care to cite me, please cite me correctly. I did not say the amp was crap; I said its measurements are crap. It’s completely possible to love a crappy measuring amp, but one should acknowledge when the measured performance strays from strict accuracy in reproduction.I think it's great that this site cares about about the science, it's a really interesting thing to learn about and I appreciate that people would even take the the time to do this. Reading the comments, though I feel what many posters here seem to be doing is judging an amp solely based on the legwork done by someone else and not having taken the time to really listen to it for themselves. After all, many of the records that are considered "audiophile references" were not made with any kind of scientific measurements in mind. Mixing engineers and/or producers very often threw care to the wind under tight deadlines and used whatever gear they felt would make the music "sound good" and whether that means using a cheap SM57 mic against a ratty 4X10 cab, overdriving an old desk pasts its limits or using an effect in a way that it "shouldn't be used", their goal was simply to make the recording as pleasurable to listen to as possible within their constraints. The results are the masterpieces we love today. They may be a nightmare on the measurement side but our ears still perceive it as "good" for some reason.
Given this, I am not in any way saying that the science should not be considered (quite the contrary as none of this awesome music or gear we love so much could even exist without the science!) but to me, it is wrong for a poster that did not take the time to do the measurements to simply dismiss an amp as "crap" when they have not even spent any time with the amp to justify this. Many, many things have been created in the music recording world that "shouldn't sound good" on paper but most certainly do in practice and I think that gives the "mystique behind good sound" and is the X factor behind all of the advertising, hyped or otherwise. That being said, imagine all of the amazing music we'd have to dismiss if measurements were the only criteria?
To sum all of this up, I just feel we as posters should be careful when making "broad generalizations" about gear, especially when we haven't spent time with that gear before. Balance is the key with something like this and it's a far more interesting conversation to say "I can see that this amp does not measure well at all but upon my own listening, there is something I really like (or don't like) about its sound...what is that thing and why do I feel this way?" instead of simply regurgitating "X amp sucks" because someone else did the legwork for you to say that. Absolutely look at the measurements, analyze the results but then also set that aside for a bit and sit down to really spend time with the amp and then make your informed opinion from the combination of those. I myself have just purchased a Spark 2 for my desktop and look forward to hearing what all the fuss is (or isn't) about. Thanks again for the site!