The Truth About Audio
Truth 1: Any idiot can design a loudspeaker, and unfortunately, many do.
Truth 2: You can say anything you want, who’s to prove you wrong?
Truth 3: The right amount of magnet is the right amount of magnet.
Truth 4: The only transient of significance in the audio business is tranquility. It is also the briefest.
Truth 5: Accuracy of reproduction is determined by how well a sound system models someone’s warped set of preconceived notions.
Truth 6: In audio, as elsewhere, foolproof systems prove the existence of fools.
Truth 7: The size of a woofer is determined not by desired low frequency response, but by perceived sexual dysfunction. After all, it’s not the mass it’s the motion.
Truth 8: Price buys not performance but paranoia.
Truth 9: The most outspoken experts on concert hall sonic reality have seldom, if ever, been to a concert.
Truth 10: The more money spent on an audiophile system, the less time spent on listening to music.
Truth 11: In a minimum phase system there is an inextricable link between frequency response, phase response, and transient response, as they are all merely transforms of one another. This, combined with minimization of open-look errors in output amplifiers and correct compensation for nonlinear passive crossover network loading, can lead to a significant decrease in lost system resolution. However, this all means nothing when you listen to Pink Floyd.
Truth 12: All small, state-of-the-art audio manufacturers are really manifestations of Phineas T. Barnum.
Final Truth: The audio business is no place for reasonable people to make a living.