Folklore #4: If Something is Audible, Then That Something Is Measurable
You’d often see these phrases pop up now and again when audiophiles are “discussing important topics":
- If something is audible, then it is measurable
- If something is measurable, then it is audible
Are there any truths to these statements? Personally I do not think so. These statements appear to be legitimate on the surface. Poke a little bit deeper however and they become utter and complete nonsense.
In my opinion (of which there are certainly lots of grounds to disagree with me here), the above statements are complete bullshit.
And here is why, to suggest something is audible is measurable (or vice versa) implies a direct causation relationship. That cannot be true because the two are completely different concepts:
- Audible is about the interpretations of sound
- Measurable is about the physical characteristics of sound
Not understanding the limits of Science is a dangerous thing, misunderstanding can turn this discipline into a cult. Hopefully this is not not something Ia m about to do next!