Part 1, an overture.
The dialog problem over specifications has been with Bose throughout the company's history. It has perennially been a grievous source of antagonism, mistrust, and deep misunderstanding. Our reluctance to provide measurements has frequently been construed as deceptive--as lying about our products by omission--or as prima facie evidence that WE must be ashamed of our products' performance. Those who want to make decisions based on specs are often heard to say that Bose provides nothing but evasive fluff about their products. Some folks appear to believe we are deliberately out to fool everyone.
Could we possibly be unaware of all this? After all this time? No. This festering misunderstanding has been personally agonizing for us, decade after decade. And when we explain our actions, it seems to us that we are often not understood. Worse, our attempts make a fraction of the population even more vitriolically angry at us. Many L1 owners have encountered that anger first-hand and now understand and share our pain and frustration at profoundly failing to find common ground on this topic. You know how much this hurts.
So why don't we just soften up and publish the numbers? And yet, completely symmetrically, why isn't everyone willing to just listen to our products for free, as we offer, and decide based on that? This impasse is almost as old as our company. Neither side ever seems to know how to break the deadlock. No attempt that we have ever made to explain our reticence has truly allayed the underlying suspicions.
Our perennial and direct explanation--that we engineers have found the interpretation of specifications to be dangerously tricky FOR US, and we have concluded, based on clear experimentation, that many specifications are useless to anyone or are misleading to most--is sometimes received as deeply insulting. It's hard to deliver that message without seeming to say, "YOU can't be trusted with real technical information." This fuels even more outrage and suspicion of deception. Our explanation is often "like putting out fire with gasoline." (David Bowie)
So why don't we publish the numbers? Let me try again on this question in my following posts. The internet, and this forum especially, enables a much richer dialog between us than was ever possible before. Maybe we can understand one another at last. As this thread proceeds, I welcome the most challenging responses, if respectfully posed, from anyone who has felt that we should be acting differently from the way we do. Those of you who are linked to other forums as well are encouraged to invite people from there to participate here.
To be continued ...