I would agree with your comments about vision. You don't have huge debates over what looks good and there is at least general agreement on the part of videophiles that THX standards are a good thing. I'd love to see studies done that quantify this, but I'm not aware of any pending research. I doubt we'll ever see a set of standards for what sounds good that the majority of audiophiles will sign on to. I would guess that hearing would come after sense of taste for variability, but it's just a guess.
That's a fact, this endless debate about amps will continue until the next ice age.
My friend, who has only been in the hobby for 6 years, followed all my advice except for the most important. He soundproofed and treated his room, bought a kuro plasma, Krell stereo amplifier, rotel amps to power his rears and center channel, a great subwoofer, cables, etc... etc...etc. Almost done....just needed some quality speakers to come full circle...
But he dogged my strong suggestion to buy high performance speakers, and selected his own to surprise me......a presumptuous decision on his part. ( used for 50% music, 50% blu's ). ( Once he upgraded the mains, the difference was night and day, all is good now.....the balance has been restored....and for not much more $ either )
So all things being equal, ( and in my subjective opinion ), the speaker set is the most important piece of your system. :whistling:
Have a Happy Thanksgiving fellas! Enjoy!