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  1. That's not what was said at all. Please, go back and read that post again, and when you get what it is really saying, I would be interested in your considered response, thanks.
  2. Go back and read the first post, like I was previously told to. They come from https://www.head-fi.org/threads/testing-audiophile-claims-and-myths.486598/ and even that was first posted here by @Ittaku Not so much work, then apart from reinterpretation, but it is all above board as the first post is clear about what is happening. The list is the work of a group of Head-Fi posters, and their conclusions are somewhat different from here. I don't know if the OP read the full 968 pages of the thread(!) there, I certainly haven't.
  3. While this is indeed a fatal flaw that can occur, you have said it is the "biggest" issue and that poorly conducted tests "usually" suffer from this issue. I have gone to some effort to show why I would consider the tests above mostly fatally flawed and dont remember coming across that flaw. To the contrary, some of the studies went to great trouble to ensure the blinding was done well. As it is so wide spread an issue I am sure you would have no trouble coming up with many such flawed tests to back up your extraordinary claim or perhaps withdr
  4. I presume that you are talking about single blind testing though. In a DBT (supposedly the topic here?) the presenter is blind and so should give no cues.. The system should also be set up as to give no cues to the listener. There's always the chance that there is a cue in any one test setup, another reason for any test giving a positive or interesting result to be repeated by other researchers before being fully accepted.
  5. Osborn would certainly be front of mind for me here, but I'm not thinking models yet. In practice I'd want to see the room setup before going there. It's possible that replacing the full amp/speaker set with something like the Consonance Tristan amp and Eos, keeping the sub or not, may be a better bet. Let's see the current setup and room size/layout first.
  6. Having read your previous post under amplification, while I'm not sure what is to blame, I'd consider selling your amps as well as your speakers, looking for a decent inexpensive used integrated, which may leave you more for speakers. Did I also see that you have a square-ish room? - that won't help matters. This will help people advise further. It will help to list the full system again as well.
  7. I'd not paid much notice to Primus - but am now. i enjoyed 'Rhinoplasty". which has a lot of mid bass impact so deserves a mention here. Excelent set of covers- they know how not to be weird as well,!
  8. I agree, but in context I was actually intending to ask whether audiophiles are special when it comes to hearing differences, and whether that is a more important question than what the average human can hear. And for what it’s worth - beyond knowing about some setup issues such as out of phase wiring, I don’t think audiophiles have any special ability.
  9. My experience of IMFs is that. I daresay they aren't all necessarily that way, but are you sure you shouldn't be looking there as well, and probably first?
  10. I should have been more specific. End of side distortion is related specifically to arm geometry. If a record is properly cut to allow for the lower available space per revolution, and you use a linear tracking arm, it will be much less than for your typical nine inch arm. Just as with CD, the distortion is playback technology. And even with a nine inch arm, you can minimise end of side distortion by alignment, but only at the expense of more distortion when playing back the rest of the side. I guess I should never use a generalised example. Too many pedants here.
  11. Let's be clear about one thing... anyone with the right equipment can measure a difference between 16 bit and 24 bit playback. No matter what amounts of upsampling technology you throw at them, playback of a 16 bit signal will have at least 0.18% distortion at -60dB, and distortion increases from 0dB down to reach that figure. Better CD playback over the decades has reached this point. Back when CD was first introduced, that -60dB figure was close to 2% for the converters used. To put that into perspective, end of side LP distortion is still higher. We need to know more than the ra
  12. I know this. It's quite clear that among the "anti DBT" or "anti science" factions, the term bias is an insult. (Especially among, well, the biased). It would make our lives easier here to separate known prejudice ("all class D amps are crap"), the areas where actual differences become hard to discern, and the areas where our other senses get in the way (our eyes see a 12" driver and we hear more bass). And the vernacular is important in a discussion forum like this. Though maybe, I'm just biased 😈
  13. I see it going the other way - we are going to see brand stores turning up for home audio in the next five years or so. We already have specialist B&O and Sennheiser stores in the Sydney CBD - there are effectively no independent dealers surviving in city centres for more than a subset of their product ranges - I saw Devialet stores in Europe a few years ago in railway stations. This echoes what has happened with a lot of other electronics brands. I can see Marantz specialist stores (with B&W speakers in tow) appearing in major cities in the next few years, though maybe not in Australi
  14. All correct. So let’s face up to another truth about this. With a few exceptions many of whom have come up in this thread and we can call “industry” researchers, they aren’t concerned with running an extreme audiophile listening contest, nor are they interested in confirming our prejudices around particular technologies or products. Much as we like to think we’re special... are we?
  15. It's actually a paradox, though. Sighted listening is also one of the most powerful tools we have. That's the other side of the equation, as it were. Just because the difference disappears in a DBT doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. It only means that the reason for it is not revealed in a DBT. The DBT doesn't necessarily make the difference "disappear", you may well hear it again as soon as it is sighted. The soundwaves in the room haven't necessarily changed. That's why when I get involved in some of the "dubious claims for a product" debate, I refer specifically to the point that the manuf
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