Even as a kid I never bought the premise behind Hans Christian Anderson’s story, The Princess, and the Pea. Just a bit too far fetched for my young engineering brain to believe that anyone could feel a pea under multiple mattresses.
Fairy tales aside, it is a fact that we are all different when it comes to our audio sensitivities. I might be more sensitive than many to sound staging while someone else really focuses on tonality.
We make choices in equipment and set up based on those differing sensitivities: cables that bring out more details, tubes that warm and soften, subwoofers that build a solid foundation.
Our systems are all different, just like our tastes and sensitivities.
Few of us could likely tell if there were a pea under the cushion of our listening chair, but if our system’s sound is even slightly amiss we know it instantly.