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Re: Who wants perfectly accurate sound?

I don't buy that "good sound" is a purely subjective matter any more than I buy that we can define and measure every aspect of what we hear with the currently accepted tools.

But this article is really about more than that. Many technologies have allowed us to enjoy music in settings that simply do not accommodate excellent reproduction of sound. I do not lament that. I am happy to have MP3s in my portable listening where I might have had crummy tape or radio in the past. I listen far more these days than I ever did when I had much better systems in terms of sound quality. And I enjoy the music more. It is not that I don't care to have better sound. It is that lifestyle does not always afford such. That does not mean we should not push technology forward to get better sound reproduction.

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Re: Who wants perfectly accurate sound?

".....it's increasingly obvious that most people aren't interested in buying the best-sounding speakers."

Most people aren't interested in much but price and convenience and wouldn't recognize accurate sound, let alone prefer it. I do not know why I should care about most people.

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".....it's increasingly obvious that most people aren't interested in buying the best-sounding speakers."

Most people aren't interested in much but price and convenience and wouldn't recognize accurate sound, let alone prefer it. I do not know why I should care about most people.
Exactly, just like most people don't want a high end, accurate TV.

When it comes to sound a couple key points are the volume you listen at if different than reference and the room you listen in. Granted the room is pretty small with headphones.
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Good sound begins with, Very Low Total Inter-Modulation Distortion & Very Low Total Harmonic Distortion.
Well.... at least that's a good start!
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Re: Who wants perfectly accurate sound?

Well with "perfect sound" depending on much more than just good speakers I think Joe public just doesn't want to go through what serious HT folk are willing too. So my answer to the question would be just that, The HT guy's and gals who are willing to put in the time and effort to address the other variables such as rooms,eq, and such are the ones who want perfect sound. Getting it is another question all together....
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Unfortunately, "Joe Public" hasn't got a clue, hence the thumping that goes by the house, every few hours or so. Hate that, especially when your in the middle of an calibration.....
I have become so enveloped in quality sound, I have gotten to the point of not being able to stand the sound system in the car.
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Re: Who wants perfectly accurate sound?

I'm someone who goes the sound quality but also look at the diminishing return on that quality versus the price. So in situations where there is a high ambient noise floor (car windows down) I can listen to mp3's or lesser quality components.

But when the ambient noise floor is low I only like to listen to higher quality sound (ie flac at minimum, sacs, or blu-ray).
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".....it's increasingly obvious that most people aren't interested in buying the best-sounding speakers."

Most people aren't interested in much but price and convenience and wouldn't recognize accurate sound, let alone prefer it. I do not know why I should care about most people.
I get your response... The only way the masses might have a say, tho, is when it comes to formats. Popular pull can kill a great format.
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I get your response... The only way the masses might have a say, tho, is when it comes to formats. Popular pull can kill a great format.
True and it has. But that is nothing new. Technical standards in most areas are set for mass market interest and safety and enthusiasts must work within and/or from those standards.

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