But one common thread that I noticed amongst the complaints was some very, very serious upset over the inclusion of our subjective impressions of the various cards' audio quality. The interesting complaints were about the very fact that subjective impressions were presented at all.
As if it were somehow sacrilege.
I'm all over empirical, quantifiable testing of PC hardware and many other such inventions. But these objections raise some very interesting larger questions about human reality and perception. In our narrow sphere, one would ask: But human perception isn't so varied as to mean nothing, is it? In some ways, isn't it the ultimate judge of a sound card or a display? Or even a hard drive, for that matter?
And in a larger sense, don't weno matter what we profess to believefunctionally rely on our own subjective impressions, more than anything else, in order to negotiate our lives? Human perception is limited and faulty, but is it so faulty as to be completely useless?
Discuss. (And take specific sound card review stuff here, please.)