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What we measure is what we hear
Yahzi
post Dec 24 2012, 17:34
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I've heard audiophiles claim time and time again that what we measure does not reflect what we hear in a listening evaluation. I think Floyd Tool is the pioneer in conducting the studies for this, but who else as in a position of authority has led research into this field? It can't be mere opinion. I feel measurements largely do correlate with subjective sound quality but I don't think *all* measurements do. Some are more relevant than others.

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pisymbol
post Dec 31 2012, 02:05
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QUOTE (Yahzi @ Dec 24 2012, 11:34) *
I've heard audiophiles claim time and time again that what we measure does not reflect what we hear in a listening evaluation. I think Floyd Tool is the pioneer in conducting the studies for this, but who else as in a position of authority has led research into this field? It can't be mere opinion. I feel measurements largely do correlate with subjective sound quality but I don't think *all* measurements do. Some are more relevant than others.

What is your position?


I am more of a lurker on this board but I would like to contribute the following:

The problem with measurements is well the metrics! Performance is only relevant when you define your metrics. And here in lies the rub:

Without sounding too coy is that as far as I am aware of there are no measurements that describe "hearing" or rather more ambiguously "sound in which your brain interprets it." So truth be told, the audiophile is partially correct, citing THD, FR, spectrum analysis, etc. etc. all do not tell me a damn on how I actually perceive. They sure do give some obvious indicators and are invaluable tools to determine audibility in the first place (and what isn't audible but placebo). This is why many of the adaptive predictive models had to be fine tuned and then *listener* verified via sophisticated DBTs (e.g. MP3).

But frankly, audiophiles reviews and impressions still contain intrinsic value even if most of it "can't be trusted" since they are interpretations on how they "hear" which as far as I know is how everyone on this thread hears too...

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- Yahzi   What we measure is what we hear   Dec 24 2012, 17:34
- - slks   It depends on which measurements we're talking...   Dec 24 2012, 17:56
- - Yahzi   So you are saying that measurements can explain wh...   Dec 24 2012, 18:22
|- - Ethan Winer   ^^^ Yes, you understand correctly. I've done a...   Dec 24 2012, 19:23
- - AndyH-ha   To sum of one aspect of "what we measure is N...   Dec 24 2012, 21:59
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Yahzi @ Dec 24 2012, 11:34) I...   Dec 24 2012, 23:40
- - Porcus   Two totally different points: (1) Those annoying ...   Dec 24 2012, 23:56
- - Woodinville   Many people have worked on measuring what you hear...   Dec 25 2012, 03:52
|- - jkauff   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Dec 24 2012, 21:52) ...   Dec 29 2012, 15:18
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (jkauff @ Dec 29 2012, 09:18) QUOTE...   Dec 31 2012, 18:14
- - dhromed   Your daughter is not an unmeasured outlier; she...   Dec 29 2012, 15:27
|- - garym   QUOTE (dhromed @ Dec 29 2012, 09:27) Your...   Dec 29 2012, 16:14
|- - sld   QUOTE (garym @ Dec 29 2012, 23:14) QUOTE ...   Dec 29 2012, 19:27
- - greynol   I doubt she is as well. What frequency is the cat ...   Dec 29 2012, 15:30
|- - jkauff   QUOTE (greynol @ Dec 29 2012, 09:30) I do...   Dec 30 2012, 23:05
|- - Soap   QUOTE (jkauff @ Dec 30 2012, 17:05) Cat h...   Dec 30 2012, 23:49
- - greynol   We hear about people in their early 20s and younge...   Dec 29 2012, 19:21
- - Mach-X   Ouch.   Dec 29 2012, 20:55
- - Yahzi   Correct me if I'm wrong but we hear using our ...   Dec 30 2012, 14:07
|- - Soap   QUOTE (Yahzi @ Dec 30 2012, 08:07) Correc...   Dec 30 2012, 15:05
- - Yahzi   I just thought I'd ask the question and I thou...   Dec 30 2012, 16:39
- - Speedskater   If you restrict the use of the words "hear...   Dec 30 2012, 17:52
- - pisymbol   QUOTE (Yahzi @ Dec 24 2012, 11:34) I...   Dec 31 2012, 02:05
|- - AndyH-ha   QUOTE (pisymbol @ Dec 30 2012, 18:05) But...   Dec 31 2012, 02:52
|- - pisymbol   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Dec 30 2012, 20:52...   Dec 31 2012, 03:12
|- - db1989   QUOTE (pisymbol @ Dec 31 2012, 02:12) Sub...   Dec 31 2012, 05:25
|- - Ethan Winer   QUOTE (pisymbol @ Dec 30 2012, 21:12) Sub...   Dec 31 2012, 18:14
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|||- - Martel   QUOTE (Ethan Winer @ Jan 1 2013, 20:09) ....   Jan 1 2013, 19:54
|||- - Nessuno   Let alone those quite obvious issues which actuall...   Jan 1 2013, 23:08
||- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Dec 31 2012, 12:41) ...i...   Jan 2 2013, 17:43
||- - pdq   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Dec 31 2012, 12:41) if p...   Jan 2 2013, 17:50
||- - Nessuno   QUOTE (pdq @ Jan 2 2013, 17:50) QUOTE (Ne...   Jan 2 2013, 19:16
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|||- - Nessuno   QUOTE (pdq @ Jan 2 2013, 20:28) However, ...   Jan 2 2013, 21:12
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||- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (pdq @ Jan 2 2013, 11:50) QUOTE (Ne...   Jan 3 2013, 01:20
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||- - krabapple   QUOTE (pdq @ Jan 2 2013, 11:50) QUOTE (Ne...   Jan 3 2013, 18:12
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (pisymbol @ Dec 30 2012, 21:12) Sub...   Dec 31 2012, 18:25
- - AndyH-ha   Subjective impressions are, after all, impressions...   Dec 31 2012, 07:38
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Dec 30 2012, 22:38...   Dec 31 2012, 09:43
|- - Kees de Visser   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Dec 31 2012, 09:43) ...   Dec 31 2012, 17:08
|- - greynol   I don't think this forum is scared of subjecti...   Dec 31 2012, 17:43
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (greynol @ Dec 31 2012, 08:43) I do...   Jan 1 2013, 03:06
- - greynol   TL;DR: MUSHRA and other ABC-style tests are subjec...   Dec 31 2012, 11:59
|- - Satellite_6   So far the best measuring headphones I have tried ...   Dec 31 2012, 15:32
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Satellite_6 @ Dec 31 2012, 15:32) ...   Dec 31 2012, 16:18
- - Martel   What's the "best measuring" frequenc...   Dec 31 2012, 16:15
|- - Soap   QUOTE (Martel @ Dec 31 2012, 10:15) What...   Dec 31 2012, 16:42
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (Martel @ Dec 31 2012, 07:15) What...   Jan 1 2013, 03:08
- - greynol   Maybe we should take a close look at the meaning o...   Dec 31 2012, 20:29
- - jkauff   Next, on to wine tasting....   Dec 31 2012, 21:28
- - greynol   Feel free to start a new topic, replacing the word...   Dec 31 2012, 22:13
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (greynol @ Dec 31 2012, 13:13) Feel...   Jan 1 2013, 03:12
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Dec 31 2012, 21:12) ...   Jan 1 2013, 15:47
- - greynol   You're right, I just don't know that we sh...   Jan 1 2013, 03:25
|- - Nessuno   Maybe a little OT, but I recall a "rule of th...   Jan 1 2013, 12:47
- - Yahzi   It seems this discussion ain't over yet. Thank...   Jan 1 2013, 20:49
- - greynol   The point I was making is that the ears (outer or ...   Jan 2 2013, 00:23
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 1 2013, 15:23) The p...   Jan 2 2013, 00:41
||- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Jan 2 2013, 00:41) I...   Jan 2 2013, 01:12
||- - Woodinville   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Jan 1 2013, 16:12) QUOTE...   Jan 2 2013, 01:40
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 2 2013, 00:23) The p...   Jan 2 2013, 01:01
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Jan 1 2013, 16:01) QUOTE...   Jan 2 2013, 01:44
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Jan 2 2013, 01:44) Y...   Jan 2 2013, 12:10
- - Martel   It's nearly impossible to measure subjective f...   Jan 2 2013, 13:19
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Martel @ Jan 2 2013, 07:19) It...   Jan 2 2013, 17:47
- - heatfire   Can only measure that we hear it not how or what w...   Jan 2 2013, 15:53
- - heatfire   There is one measurement some "audiophiles...   Jan 2 2013, 19:49
- - knutinh   Good work carried out by Toole and others aside: A...   Jan 3 2013, 13:02
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (knutinh @ Jan 3 2013, 07:02) Good ...   Jan 3 2013, 13:34


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