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In Part 7 of this continuing series I said that an audio review can be either "objective", "subjective" or a mixture of both, using both test numbers and descriptive words to communicate a reviewer's thoughts to his audience. Because, ultimately, both the words and the numbers are just there to provide an idea of how the product or system under review sounds, and because - except where I might, for some technical or professional reason, require specific quantification of some aspect of the sound - I said that I personally prefer to see or hear a review in words, which I can accept directly, rather than one in numbers, charts, or graphs that I would have to interpret. To my personal way of thinking, I said, only such specific test results as are absolutely necessary to make the reviewer's point or to explain some vital issue should ever be included. Read More

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