One of the best listeners I know is my wife Terri. She can sit down in the listening room and hear a track she likes, listen to the same thing on another piece of equipment and instantly knows which she likes better – and the test can be repeated time and again with the same results. The difference in equipment can be supremely subtle yet there’s no fooling her.
I, on the other hand, always hear the differences as well but struggle with “which is better” and tend to over think the choices, justify the reasoning and so on. I am sure many of you can relate to this situation and are always grateful when a third party walks in and declares the winner so easily – even if in the end you wind up not agreeing.
I thought we’d spend some time together on this subject: the art of listening. It’s a complex subject and one I bet we can both learn from as we explore it together.
Tomorrow I’ll share some of my first listening challenges as a designer.
Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.