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Okay guys, here's my rant. I was reading The Absolute Sound, which I enjoy, but put little stock in, when I read that the reviewer changed the power cord on a Naim headphone amp and the sound was absolutely transformed. The clouds parted, heavens opened, and angels began to sing. So 6' of wire swamped out the hundreds of feet of romex or THHN in your house, not to mention the miles of cable from the power plant, which may be GASP......aluminum. To take it one step further a linear power supply has capacitors that store a charge and smooth the ac ripple, so that 6' of cable must be charging the caps much more efficiently. Give me a break. In the same issue another reviewer changed the preamp to amp jumpers in a Vincent integrated amp from nickel plated steel to 10ga solid copper from, wait for it...romex. Once again a huge change in sound, how could Vincent be so foolish and mess up the sound in order to save a few pennies. Maybe it's just me, but it seems that recently this bullshit is getting more prolific.
On the other end of the spectrum you have ASR, which by the way I appreciate their measurements, but they preach the other end of the spectrum, if it measures well it has to sound good. First of all if you throw a ton of negative feedback at an amp it will measure very low distortion, but sound awful, I'm looking at you 1980's mass market receivers, and anyone who builds speakers knows that perfect measured response doesn't always provide good sound. It's called "voicing" for a reason. In short I see measurements as absolutely helpful and necessary, but not the end all be all. I believe Nelson Pass stated "this is entertainment, not dialysis. Okay I'll step off the soap box now.