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Old 02-10-2012, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by WalkGood View Post
Very good point and I wish that your statement was the way it was done. Unfortunately that is not the practice with headphone/IEM reviewers.
Well, in turn I have to admit that *that* is a good point too!

However, I have a strong suspicion that the more of these words a reviewer uses, the less his opinions are (on average) worth... Which is often very little in audio anyway:

Or as George Orwell said:
1) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which are used to seeing in print.

2) Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it.

4) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

..Because if you write clearly, you'll think clearly. Otherwise probably less so.

For example, with "dark" sounding phones/iems, I think people are often confused between ones that have loud bass (i.e. relative to treble and mid) and ones that can produce crisp well-defined bass - which I think is partly a problem with some drivers having resonance problems with lower frequencies (hence those long ridges you see on waterfall graphs) and partly the sharpness of typical bass noises, which tend to be percussive. (Which is why bass monster JVC HXC51's still sound bass monsterish with the bass eq-ed far down.) The more vague and impressionistic terminology you use, the less able you are to make genuine distinctions like this.

Anyway - thanks for the very thoughtful response, and I appreciate the point you're translating rather encouraging!
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