Originally Posted by perfectblade
I challenge you to explore more before saying "sound is entirely subjective."
I challenge you to find where I said sound was "entirely" subjective. I'll give you a hint. I didn't.
And I'll happily tell that to a pro sound engineer because any pro sound engineer would know it was true, regardless of what scientific comparison tests prove. No two people hear things, point for point, exactly the same. In the same way no two people see things, point for point, exactly the same. Therefore audio will always be subjective to how the user percieves it via listening, regardless how much any test proves X is better than Y. It's pointless saying X sounds better than Y if the user doesn't have the ears to tell the difference or if the difference is something they actually do not like.
The average user does not spend hour upon hour slaving away with scientific tests just to see if X product is better than Y. They just try it and decide if they like it or not. You don't need to be a pro sound engineer to decide if you, personally, like something or not and regardless of what test A or test B proves about a product that isn't going to make you dislike it any more or less, if it did it wouldn't be because you hear different, but because you then have been told it's different, a trick of the mind. You wouldn't know it was different if no body had told you, thereofre it would still be good to you.
For alot of people, they won't hear better. We can blame marketing for that, or whatever, but if to them it's the best sound they have heard, instead of mocking them, show them what is better instead of acting like a schoolchild in a playground over it. For me a cheap pair of Sony earbuds that I had owned for near 8 years were the best headphones I had in years. I think I paid like £5 for them and nothing, not even Ipod headphones, or some more expensive headphones (even my AKG's are given a run for their money by them sound wise) came close. That doesn't mean they were neccessarily good or high quality, but that they were the way I enjoyed listening to my sound. My audio.
Edited by Lifeshield - 10/17/12 at 3:06pm