How perfect is it?
What is perfect? The dictionary describes it two ways: having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. and from another: make something completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible. Not to be funny, but I suggest neither description is perfect. And that's the crux of it, right? There isn't even a perfect definition for the very word intended to suggest something that is without flaws. And part of the reason for this is that perfect for me is probably not perfect for you. I recently had an interesting experience that exemplifies the topic at hand. Sitting in the listening room I played a wonderfully expressive track on the big system and thought to myself, now, THIS is perfect. Imaging, tonal balance, realism, spatial attributes. Everything was just right. Perfect. I shared my excitement with a team member who commented that he thought there might be a bump in the bass that overwhelmed the music. Not perfect. He was right. Music Room One has a big bass bump that I have gotten so used to I no longer hear it. Thus, my perfect ignores this defect. His perfect does not. Perfect is such a personal term that we might be better served to remember one man's trash is another man's treasure. Perfect!
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