When we critically listen to music on our high-end systems we are constantly comparing the sound we hear with the pictures in our head.
We all have a very well defined "picture" (model) of how the human voice sounds. When we hear a recorded version of that voice we mentally compare notes to figure out if it is accurate.
The pictures in my head are unique.
Developed over a lifetime.
I am certain most of you can figure out where this is going.
If each of us has a slightly different picture of what's real and what's not then, when it comes to judging the recorded audio qualities of music, we will all have a slightly different opinion.
Which is exactly what I find to be true. Yes, we can all agree on the big picture of a particular work, but when it comes down to the details we're mostly in disarray.
And that's the way it must be.
To each of us we're right.
The pictures in our head tell the story.