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    Quote Originally Posted by FrantzM View Post
    How can I get a an autographed copy
    So many people have asked for this that I had a friend set up a web store sell direct. The link is on my Book page:

    The Audio Expert

    I wish I could get the same discount Amazon gets, but I can't so the cost is list price. I totally understand if people buy from Amazon! I even put that link first. The only alternative is to have people buy at Amazon, mail it to me, I mail it back, which in the end would cost even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    based on his posts here many of his positions are empirical, not scientific.
    Science is based entirely on observation and empirical results. As I often say, empirical evidence trumps theory every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthStar View Post
    The best, smartest, most generous, most intelligent people in history, were also the most persecuted, most insulted with the most hatred, most misunderstood, most misjudged, most misinterpreted, most misconsiderated, most disrespected, and most often banned! Very true too.
    I meant to address this the other day and then forgot. Yes, indeed. And to quote Gandhi: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. (Though there's some dispute as to whether Gandhi actually ever said that. But it's true anyway.) I like your comment so much I posted it on my Wisdoms page, near the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethan Winer View Post
    Science is based entirely on observation and empirical results. As I often say, empirical evidence trumps theory every time.

    --Ethan
    In science, observation and empirical results lead to a testable hypothesis. The results of that testing determine whether empirical results can be added to scientific knowledge or left in the category of "anecdotal", which is kind of like a_____s; everybody has one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethan Winer View Post
    Science is based entirely on observation and empirical results. As I often say, empirical evidence trumps theory every time.

    --Ethan
    Not sure I agree with that ... more on this later... have to work after all ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    In science, observation and empirical results lead to a testable hypothesis. The results of that testing determine whether empirical results can be added to scientific knowledge or left in the category of "anecdotal", which is kind of like a_____s; everybody has one.
    Yes, that says it better than I did. But the point is that empirical evidence is basically all we have, along with observation which is just assessing the empirical evidence.

    Versus rbbrt's claim that empirical evidence is somehow not science, which is what I addressed.

    --Ethan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethan Winer View Post
    Yes, that says it better than I did. But the point is that empirical evidence is basically all we have, along with observation which is just assessing the empirical evidence.

    Versus rbbrt's claim that empirical evidence is somehow not science, which is what I addressed.

    --Ethan
    empirical data is part of science, but such information can't be properly added to the body of scientific knowledge (aka "facts") without further testing (beyond simple observation). Here is where I feel many of your arguments fail, because frequently appropriate testing has not yielded statistically significant results ( or has not even been done). And you might try to pay closer attention to who is posting what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdabb View Post
    Is it really the technology that's lacking, or is it the way it's manufactured? What products and services are truly quality products & services, state of the art & worth the price? I also don't want to feel like I'm dealing with a used car salesman & don't want to worry about all the BS.

    Great sound quality, technology, products, services, etc... don't happen by accident. They are based on good science & engineering. What you personally like or think sounds good is more than fine !!! Enjoy it your way, because I'm sure as heck gonna enjoy it my way. However, trying to accurately reproduce the sound of an instrument, the human voice, rain, the crashing of an automobile, or the vocalization of an animal requires more than good taste. Maybe one day we'll all be able to enjoy this kind of technology.
    Hello, mdabb, some very nice points there, which I can only agree with. The trouble is that the audio industry is just that, an industry, it's there to create income for various people -- not to solve the "big problems". So the cycle of perpetually "improving", "upgrading" items will continue indefinitely, because there is no real motivation for the vast majority of the manufacturers to do otherwise. And the consumers are not helping themselves, by insisting that equipment is assembled in modules so that it is easy to fiddle with, to be able to engage in the rituals of constant swapping of parts thereof.

    So, yes, the way audio gear is manufactured is severely damaging what's possible, by adding a whole series of weaknesses which drag down the end result. The next time you listen to a mega expensive setup which sounds very hifi, electronic, harsh and unappealing, then you're experiencing a perfect example of what I'm talking about.

    Also, yes, there are enormous quantities of BS in the game, but there is also truly wonderful sound: unfortunately, only a tiny number of people are working on what needs to be done to always guarantee excellent results, and this is not yet fully sorted out.

    But the good news, the very good news is that if you personally persevere at fine tuning your own equipment, with the right understanding, that truly marvellous sound is achievable. As far as I'm aware there is no "service" out there yet that can intelligently do this, so you're largely on your own, aided and abetted by good advice from others ...

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    I'm with Myles and Gregadd on this one.

    The book title, IMHO, is totally pretentious and self serving.

    One wonders why Mr. Winer did not do what he said he was going to do in Post No. 25 on Page 3 of this thread?

    To quote:

    I promise this is the last time I'll spam this forum about my book.

    PS: Mr. Winer likes to say that "some people can't handle the truth". Is the above (in bold) a mis-speak"?

    What is the "truth" Mr. Winer?
    Last edited by thedudeabides; 04-19-2012 at 05:22 PM. Reason: PS

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    Worth repeating at this point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark (Basspig) Weiss View Post
    <rolls eyes>
    sigh...
    Peace.

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