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In Reply to: RE: Well said, Ralph. posted by hifitommy on November 01, 2023 at 13:23:46
evaluating sound quality by comparing what you experience at any number of live venues is far more valuable IMHO than chasing metrics like SINAD that fail to correlate with what we hear.
The metrics don't fail. Audiophiles fail to understand what metrics matter how to measure them and how to interpret them.
It is impossible to reliably and meaningfully compare long term aural memories to real time aural stimuli.
SINAD in particular does tell us somethings about what effect a piece of gear has on the audio playback chain. As long as one doesn't misunderstand what SINAD tells us and what it does not tell us it can actually be a useful metric. It doesn't tell the character of the sound. It tells us if a component is definitely audibly transparent, probably audibly transparent or probably not audibly transparent. And that's about it. IMO that can be useful. Just not a one stop shop for all your audio metrics.
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