What do you call the lowest-performing student graduating medical school?
In any field, the range from good to great is all over the map. Graduation degrees, specifications, and even reviews only tell us so much.
A power amplifier meeting all the basic requirements of distortion, frequency response, and power output does not—can not—sound the same as a different design with identical specifications.
It’s why we interview our medical providers.
It’s why we read the first chapter of a best seller before committing to the whole.
It’s why we listen to our amplifiers.
Specs, degrees, and reviews are fine for clearing away the cruft of the unworthy.
The rest is up to you.