The State of Audio "The scientific method is a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century. It consists of systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses." - Oxford English Dictionary. "Audio as a hobby is dying, largely by its own hand. As far as the real world is concerned, high-end audio lost its credibility during the 1980s, when it flatly refused to submit to the kind of basic honesty controls (double-blind testing, for example) that had legitimized every other serious scientific endeavor since Pascal. [This refusal] is a source of endless derisive amusement among rational people and of perpetual embarrassment for me". Stereophile's founder J. Gordon Holt interviewed by current Stereophile editor John Atkinson.