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In Reply to: Ranting RBG: What Objectivists Call Extraordinary Hearing Ability A Subjectivists Calls A Trained Ear! posted by thetubeguy1954 on October 18, 2006 at 10:44:00:
Surely you jest! That actually makes sense! Aczel is so far removed from reality that I can't believe he came back to earth long enough to figure this out. Wow! That's one helluva find, Tubeguy! Are you sure he didn't finish with something like "...but as we all know, there's nothing to hear anyway and anyone who says otherwise is a mouth-breathing, drooling imbecile"?
Yes Kerr Peter Aczel admitted that! It was actually something he said quite awhile back. I believe I found the quote when the Audio Critic was free.
Personally I could never understand how Peter could say that and deny amps, preamps, wires etc sound different!
> Personally I could never understand how Peter could say that and deny amps, preamps, wires etc sound different! <
He used to be able to hear differences but I think he's running a crusade against the audiophile community and press for ostracizing him over the Fourier speaker fiasco. But it was an interesting quote because it is clearly from his objectivist era based on his derisive use of the term "golden ears", yet it shows an amazing degree of intelligence that I didn't know he possessed. Thanks for digging this up.
As I have pointed out before, Tom has a habit of quoting people with a reference. In fact, the quotation can be found in Aczel's article, "The Ten Biggest Lies in Audio," under No. 10, "The Golden Ear Lie," and I'm pretty sure you have read it--but apparently didn't understand all of it. The point made is fairly basic to Aczel's point of view.
"Nature loves to hide."
---Heraclitus of Ephesus (trans. Wheelwright)
After reading the article again and in context, I retract my comment that Aczel showed intelligence with that comment. Thanks for clearing that up.
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