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RE: Audiophiles are suckers for something special...

We are use to imagining performances from playback equipment when the signal reaching our ears bares no resemblance to a live signal that would match the "image" of what we are hearing. An average listener - perhaps a musician - would likely prefer speakers that match a smother frequency response for the direct sound that includes a somewhat smooth power response as well (re: F. Toole and gobs of research). Audiophiles (those here reading this) and audiophile reviewers are not constrained by this. We pick out details and distinctions that draw us into the music and the image we crave. We even pick up on anomalies and differences that are not caused by reality, but also by preferences, and bias. Even the lack of confidence we have in the reproductive abilities of a system effect our ability to return to the "magic" of being there.
Stereophile Reviewers are not biased by measurement ahead of their review, and Klipsh or Bose did not want there potential customers to be as well.

Also, (defending the Listener against the measurement),many horn and panel speakers are difficult to measure in a way that reflect what we hear from those designs. A Simulated free field assessment with the 2 meter away mic on line with a tweeter just isn't representative of the pressure variations that reach the ear in a real listening room.

"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat" - Confucius

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