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Tom Nousaine, 1945-2014, RIP
mzil
post Jul 24 2014, 09:02
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Having not bought a subwoofer in decades and now suddenly needing one, my first thought was "Who is the king of the objective, evidence based science audio reviewers on subs, that I should look for?" and immediately one name popped into my mind: Tom Nousaine [who has reviewed hundreds of subwoofers, professionally for many magazines]. Sadly as I typed his name in, Goggle's auto-complete function added "obituary" and "death" after his name. What a weird way to learn of the bad news.

This article I link to also explains his departure from S&V magazine because he, get this, "espoused science". This tells me everything I need to know about that writer and that magazine.

Tom Nousaine Obit in About

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post Jul 28 2014, 17:23
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I've read a couple of articles from him, and they were good of course. That obit you linked though... the facepalm:
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I of course didn't read all his work, but I definitely never read a test he conducted that found audiophiles were right about anything.

I don't think this guy knows the meaning of the word "test".
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post Jul 28 2014, 21:41
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Tom Nousaine was an early proponent of many principals we hold dear here in our forum*; he's like a grandfather to our cause:

- critical level matching
- at the very least blind, if not double blind conditions, such as ABX
- "you don't hear with your eyes", ie specs and measurements mean nothing if you can't document you can actually hear it without looking at those charts or readouts.

His site is still up showing his many important articles:
http://www.nousaine.com/nousaine_tech_articles.html

On a side note, I'm wondering if David Ranada was also booted out of S&V for similar reasons, ya know, "supporting science".

*He even wrote some scholarly papers (AES) on the topics!

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post Jul 28 2014, 22:02
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QUOTE (andy o @ Jul 28 2014, 09:23) *
I don't think this guy knows the meaning of the word "test".

Agreed. It is scary that the largest (ie most influential) audio publication in the world, which used to be at least "OK", is now just as bad as the worst of them.

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