"If it measures good and sounds bad, -- it is bad. If it sounds good and measures bad, -- you've measured the wrong thing." (Daniel von Recklinghausen)
"If it measures good and sounds bad, -- it is bad. If it sounds good and measures bad, -- you've measured the wrong thing."
(Daniel von Recklinghausen)
I had been a member of head-fi for 2 years. During that time I published a number of reviews, under the name Slim.A, and decided it was time to consolidate everything into one place.
Also, I wanted to create a forum where people could talk freely about such things as interconnects, power cables, DACs without getting into endless debates about what is supposed to be audible and what is not.
Discussing science and theory is not prohibited in this website as long as the goal is to enhance the listening experience and not just for the fun of debating theory.
It is possible to achieve excellent listening systems around headphones for reasonable prices and without having to worry about speaker - room interactions or how loud you can play during night-time.
While I started headphone listening for practical reasons, I find now that is very difficult for me to enjoy regular speaker systems. Very few (reasonably priced) speaker systems I heard can combine the transparency and refinement of a well set-up headphone system.
So while my reviews will focus on headphone based listening (which is what I know to do best), there is nothing preventing members from discussing speaker based systems on the forum section.
If you have been around the forums, you have probably come across at least 2 categories of people. The first one raves about super expensive components. The second category usually has had some disapointing experiences while upgrading and believe that beyond a certain price point, everything starts to sound the same.
I believe that there is some truth to both camps. In my personal experience, accessories such as interconnects, power cords, vibration control devices can play a big role in the final result. For example, to hear the effect of a "high-end" DAC, you obviously need to have some pretty transparent components downstream. At the meantime, the same DAC won't perform the same depending on the associated equipment (transport, digital cable, power cord, supporting platform and interconnects).
Here is were "tweaks" become important: I have found that those tweaks can in fact bring more value to a set-up than yet another upgrade in the main components. Getting a proper base (clean power supply and vibration control devices) can avoid getting into endless cycle upgrades and constant frustration.
I have felt that it was necessary to present upfront my philosophy on the subject. If you think that all cables or that all DACs sound the same, then all my comments in this website should be considered as irrelevant by you and it is fine by me. More interestingly, if you share a similar approach or if you are open minded, this site might provide you with some useful information.