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Slow Listening

THERE ARE AS MANY OPINIONS AS THERE ARE EXPERTS

THIS ISSUE: Pro audio is coming around to what audiophiles have known for years.

Subjectivist audiophiles have long maintained that long-term listening is necessary to assess the quality and character of an audio component. Scientific testing methodologies such as ABX, which require quick and conscious evaluation of a change in the sound, have long struck many of us as insufficient, seeming to miss much that affects our enjoyment of music.

A pair of Genelec researchers—Thomas Lund, an audio on the science of hearing and perception, and their findings appear to support such views. Among their observations:

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