A Speaker that measures perfect can sound boring while a nice sounding tube amp can measure quite bad...
So SQ isn't as easy or simple as some people clam!
While my camp gets criticized for "swearing by tubes and passion", the opposite camp wants to defend a bunch of science to no end.
One wants to go by what they hear, the other by what they read.
If you took an unbiased layperson with no knowledge whatsoever on audio and asked them what they thought mattered, which side do you think they would take?
You think they wanna be wowed by what they hear or what you tell them about the equipment's specifications?
This is why the female layperson often makes the better decision about gear, because she is essentially 100% ears and 0% theory. And they also tend to have better hearing and have 0 ego surrounding science and gear.
My friend sells gear for a living and he tells the story time and time again of a guy who comes in to argue theory vs. sound. He brings in his gear to compare to what is in store, and if he doesn't hear the difference himself, he is told to bring his wife in and without fail she will choose opposite of what he does.
So much of this audiophile community is about ego. If you "don't know about T/S parameters, you don't know what you're talking about" is sorta the gist of this.
It's probably worthy of its own thread title in this subforum:
"HAVING A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE ON audio MAKES YOU A BETTER LISTENER"
BTW, I always highlight that I'm a Professional Engineer by day. So that means I spend more time than most making engineering decisions and using science to get my job done. I'm not against engineering by any means.
However, I have an "objective" job. This topic of audio is very, very "subjective". As soon as you deviate from objective and go into subjective, you have to separate the science from the art, or at least TEMPER it.