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In Reply to: RE: Many at the 2017 LA Audio Show pick the New ELAC Adante AF-61 Speakers the Best Sounding at the Show! posted by tincup on June 13, 2017 at 12:35:23
"Yes, we all hear things differently so we just have to wait and see if our ears like them too ."
That's a crock.
That is one of the usual excuses. Has been for many decades.
The vast majority of people hear things pretty much the same. That's how we've been able to develop medical parameters for "normal" and "abnormal" characteristics of human hearing.
Whether or not a particular person prefers one sound over another is typically personal preference, not because they hear something differently.
That is a very literal interpretation. :)
To my mind, the poster was referring to personal preference, not significant physiological hearing differences. Why would I think that? Context. This is not a medical forum - lay-language was in use.
"Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems to characterise our age." Albert Einstein
I'd have to disagree. The post which I quoted was a one-line post. He made a flat-out incorrect statement. This is the sort of thing which leads less knowledgeable readers down a wrong path to learning. Tincup himself might be a product of that, and is simply repeating what he's "learned". I don't know. But I do know that the statement is misleading.
Here's an example: Have someone play a trumpet, and record it while the "test subjects" are in the room. Then, play back the recording through what decent speakers are available, and have the listeners write down their thoughts on the DIFFERENCES between the "live vs recorded" sounds. Instrument vs loudspeaker, and room acoustics will play their roles, but everyone has the same reference point. You will find general agreement on overall character differences.
If we all hear differently, it would be impossible for an orchestra to play together! Conductor: "We need less 2nd trumpet." 1st violin player: "It sounds fine." LOL
It's PERSONAL PREFERENCE, not "hearing differently".
We all have a reference point for a sound: The actual original live acoustic sound. Differences between that and a loudspeaker reproduction of it should be, as I said, in general agreement among the listeners.
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