The case for subjective listening tests

Author(s): Maanen Hans van

The case for subjective Listening Tests Hans van Maanen In his Guest Editorial, Hans van Maanen argues that although in theory decisions for audio development should be based on scientifically conducted controlled listening tests, there are many reasons why this in practice almost never happens. Well-controlled tests are very difficult to organize and execute and the results are often ambiguous. On the other hand, there is a large body of subjective listening results and other circumstantial evidence for audible effects in audio equipment. Although not strictly scientific', when analyzed rigorously, this evidence can be used to determine promising avenues of development. Volume 4