Thanks for posting this editorial. I've been slightly turned off to the Audioholics community as a whole because of the whole "measurements" and "DBT" and "amps are all the same" vocal members.
The existing subset of published measurements are not sufficient to completely characterize the audio quality of a product. Large scale statistical testing may matter for a population at large, but not necessarily for an individual.
And thank you also for explicitly mentioning detailed can be the same as distortion and smooth the same as veiled. You have no idea how many people I run into thinking that something is wrong when this "stuff" is missing from a high-end setup, especially when very expensive gear also exhibits these characteristics.
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