Originally Posted by DrDobs
The question is... Are people reacting to the results because it runs counter to their beliefs or do they not like the results because the test was truly at fault. From what I can tell, you can critize the test all you want but the plain and simple fact is that EXPERIENCED audiophiles could NOT tell the difference reliably between a rat shack cable and a better cable. Remember, we are talking about a group of people here who make it a personal hobby to do this kind of thing. This isn't my grandmother making the opinion here.
I truly have no opinion in the matter. I am looking at this from as scientific of a point of view as I possibly can. You are making claims that are baseless and you have no evidence to prove it otherwise. These kinds of tests are so easily misinterpreted - it's not really the information itself that is important, but instead, how that information is interpreted. There are far too many variables here which are unable to be controlled and spin this experiment far off track. The experiment also suffers from a design flaw which I mentioned in my previous post.
Believe me, some of these peoples' systems are far from transparent enough to make a good decision. Some people were running systems with clip-on headphones running through CMOY amplifiers into portable MP3 players, if I recall correctly. I originally volunteered for this experiment, but signed myself off of it when I realized that I would simply be contributing to a faulty experiment, and I didn't want to add to the already uncontrolled results.
There are very few Head-Fi members here who are truly "experienced" audiophiles. Very few of them have anything even resembling a true "low-end" setup. I myself fall into about a low-end (or possibly mid-level) setup. The people taking these tests should be experienced audiophiles with well-matched and optimally-built stereo speaker equipment; not a bunch of headphone geeks with portable music devices. Yes, the number of these Head-Fiers may be substantial by just looking at plain numbers, but how about the ratio of experienced audiophiles to all the people participating in this experiment?
Again, I have no bias here. I have 100 dollar interconnects, but would be just as willing to not have them (with my money back, of course
). I bought them for mere security reasons early on when I was just getting started with my first system. I am just examining this experiment and believe there are several major flaws which do not allow it to accurately represent the results desired.