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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    Honestly ausinpop, this whole post is a strawman from the subjectivist side. Ironically you have just shown the usefulness of the subjective/objective "labels"...
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    MQA is Vaporware

    That was a comforting read in a way. The market conditions and his strategery is all uphill, and he knows it. MQA simply is not relevant to much of anything...
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    Just as a reminder from our host 😉
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    Just one of a host of issues. Again, at the risk of sounding like a subjectivist, what do they mean might be the most contentious. Does a certain noise floor level indicate a "black" background? Does a certain distortion measurement translate into this or that level of "clarity" and "detail"? This is where experience, calm/professional detachment, hard work at blinding and other forms of bias mitigation all come into play. This is where the subjective and objective divide gets revealed as the reductionist simplification for which it is and the two meet in the middle so to speak....cats and dogs living together... That said, since the Audiophiledom we have is so heavily skewed to a radical subjectivism that relies almost exclusively on the industry insider sighted review, we are not even close to such a thing.
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    Measurements are HARD. It takes real time, money, equipment, methodology, expertise, etc. etc. On top of all that, the meaning of measurements are also hard to get right, and at the risk of sounding like a junior subjectivist neither obvious nor necessarily intuitive. Now, the old guard and status quo defenders take these truths and wrongly argue that measurements are somehow misleading or irrelevant, but they are truths nonetheless.
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    Interesting list. I would like to see: 1) Real blinded/unsighted reviews. Yes yes, this would be difficult, with real technicalities to be factored (e.g. if comparing 3 power amps, if one has an OI significantly different, how does that effect speaker choice and results?). Cables would naturally be "easier" to pull of than say HP's, but the goal remains the same. 2) Real "shootouts" where 3 or more similar products (price, technicals, etc.) are compared unsighted. A winner and a loser will be the usual result, even when explaining the subjective "it depends on what you like" caveats. 3) Writing has to be readable, relevant, etc. "Entertaining" is just a bonus.
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    Materials that absorb RF energy

    I will just comment once to honor @jabbr intention with this thread. Audiophiledom is dirty, and what is or is not a lie is actually besides the point because of what lies beneath the whole industry/hobby/culture. Also, if I would not hesitate to pull the trigger on a microRendu if I was in the market for one - this is not personal. Almost no one (anyone?) in this industry is free from the underlying culture. IF I was in the industry as a manufacture, I don't think I could escape the temptation to sell anything and everything with vacuum tubes. I would have "audio racks" (you know, overpriced furniture) that had tube sockets drilled into the wood/material. I would sell inch thick copper cables with tube sockets drilled into them for 5 figures or more. Why not? People would buy them and who would complain other than non-paying objectivists in the comment boxes of the forums? 😉
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    I see two main ones: 1) his personal brand biases 2) his subjective idiosyncrasies on the meaning of objective measurements This means that ironically Amir has not escaped the subjectivist trap that he explicitly dislikes. Not that the site does not have its uses, and @wgscott has the right idea of course.
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    I would not say ASR/Amir is a "good" approximation of what Steve is saying (which, just to note, is a bit of a strawman that the old guard regularly tears down). Let us call it a "so/so" step in the direction which "objectively" challenges the subjectivist review status quo of Audiophiledom. I would point to @Archimago site as a "good" step in the right direction. Like @randosays it appears almost all efforts/good intentions up in the status quo sooner or later however. ASR in particular is Amir's baby which he uses to beat his very subjective horses. As a proponent of a consumer oriented adjustment to "what's good for the industry is good for Audiophiledom" status quo, I think we need to be a bit more creative than Steve's Consumer Report strawman. Thankfully internet forums such as this one have created a communication network for proactive consumers, such that the old guard review establishment is no longer THE source of information. Their efforts to hold on to their turf are in vain because it is exactly as Steve says: they can not be trusted for all the reasons he states and more (much more). IF for example the @The Computer Audiophile were to cave in to what is in fact enormous pressure from his "peers" to censor/shape this forum into yet-another-mouthpiece of the status quo, then sooner (rather than later) another forum would pop up in its place. The open internet is simply too big for the old guard to ever reign back in. What would a real consumer oriented Audiophile information source which actually bucks the current "system" look like? Does it have to be Consumer Reports clone, or can it be something else? How will it maintain its principles with integrity over the long term? All excellent questions. I don't know all the answers, but I submit that what folks like @Archimago & @The Computer Audiophile are already doing (however limited they are currently) is indicative of the real future of High Fidelity, at least any High Fidelity that proactive consumers want to be a part of.
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    Materials that absorb RF energy

    Bollocks and balderdash. The Dark Matter cube itself is utterly dependent on this "inconsistency", vagueness, imprecision, "what if" and explicit and implicit double speak - a doublespeak that is always and forever covering itself with "I did not say that exactly...." He is not "inconsistent", on the contrary he is Audiophile consistent which is exactly the problem. Why can't Audiophile's and Audiophile business folks be honest about this? Your a lawyer - would you try to argue that the legal system is something it is not? I run a medical practice, but I don't try to convince people that how much money they have does not impact the quality of the care they recieve. What is it about this dirty little hobby that can't admit how dirty it is?
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    Materials that absorb RF energy

    What kind of question is this, in Audiophiledom the false negatives are the more significant... 😉
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    Materials that absorb RF energy

    Silly American, it's called Football.
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    Materials that absorb RF energy

    Are we talking about "material" or the "Dark Matter" Borg cube product? If the latter, then what is your subjectivist, biased, etc. Audiophile opinion? If the formal, why are audiophiles even bothering speculating in that EE's and manufactures have already been tackling this subject since the dawn electronics (i.e. why don't we ask some of them)?
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    Materials that absorb RF energy

    True, but the point is not to "fix" this (that would be a fix to human nature) but to move the boxes (of whatever: sand, rocks, water) from the neighborhood of "Policy" and "Popular" closer to "Radical"...
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