Podcast 109: Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg, a regular contributor to Home Theater and Stereophile as well as the author of the Audiophiliac blog on cnet.com, questions the validity of blind ABX testing and the value of objective audio measurements, especially as a predictive factor for user preferences and an indicator of how a device will sound in various real-world environments. He also talks about the differences between audio and video gear—for example, how many people seek out old audio products but not old video displays (except the Pioneer Kuro)—answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:06:32

Click here to listen to this podcast.

Steve Guttenberg doesn't like being confused with the washed-up actor and "Dancing With the Stars" hoofer of the same name. His show-business career started as a movie-theater projectionist in New York City. He built a fairly decent sounding Zuckermann harpsichord and became the world's worst piano tuner before he found his calling as a high-end audio salesman in 1978. That led to working as a producer for Chesky Records, which in turn ignited his writing career. He has contributed to a number of magazines and websites, including Home Theater, Stereophile, The Absolute Sound, Listener, Audio, Home Entertainment, Ultimate AV, and Amazon.com. Steve writes the Audiophiliac blog for cnet.com three times a week.

Here's the video of this podcast: