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Help me understand why

THD metrics are any more relevant with speakers than for electronics - where I find them utterly useless and often misleading.

Back as a teenager, I took my AR Integrated to one of the McIntosh clinics where Dave O'Brien himself measured my unit and presented me with a fancy chart. The results were consistently below the 0.5% spec using a sine wave and I thought that was pretty cool at the time.

And yet - it still sounded poor especially at low levels. The H-K Citation 11 / Crown D-150 combination that replaced it two years later (ca '74) was significantly better.

If we accept the notion that speaker distortion is usually higher than that of electronics, why wouldn't that be readily audible?

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