It is comforting to believe that we use the best simply because it is the best.
Tell that to Mark Levinson (the man) when he tried to force a change in the industry to the Lemo connector.
Or remind anyone who uses on their test bench the superior BNC connector why that same connector does not grace the rear panel of high-performance stereo equipment.
Instead, we polish and plate with gold the inferior RCA connector.
It makes us feel good.
Truth is we go with industry standards not because they are better but because they are compatible with everything else.
While it’s fine to lull ourselves into believing what graces our expensive equipment is there because it’s the pinnacle of performance.
But in a sobering moment of understanding, it’s probably helpful to know the truth.
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