Originally Posted by 003
No, I can't. To be honest I have not actually tried, but anybody that cares about this sort of thing needs to sit down and take a long time to rethink why they are here.
I can tell the difference between headphones, tubes and pads. Really, even that is trivial though. I just keep my music in lossless for backup reasons and "just in case", if you will. The only thing that matters to me is the music and the reason I stepped down from the K1000 to the RS-2 is because I thought I was heading down a road I didn't want to take.
I am not forcing you to do ABX tests. Not at all. If you do not want to do them it's fine by me. But the thing with this is that there are a lot of people who are telling me that they can hear the difference when they haven't actually tried ABXing. I thought it would be fun to start a thread to be able to see how many people actually can discern the two and provide an ABX result to go with it. It's kinda recalcitrant, but I think it's just fun.
I think this is important to be able to tell the difference to a certain degree because this will improve codecs. Codecs are not flawless. They contain artifacts which can be heard. LAME became this good by using ABXing a lot. So much in fact that no one could discern between 320 CBR and V0.
I can still enjoy the songs coming out of my alarm-clock radio standing next to my bed. It doesn't mean I hate music coming out of crappy speakers.
I think everyone who is buying a headphone which can feed a few poor african children for more than a year should sit down and take a long time to reconsider. ( not that I think that you shouldn't) You don't really need that. You can just listen to music coming out of whatever secondhand speakers for less than $10. I would never be able to hear the difference between lossless and lossy if I was still listening to my cheap logitech speakers, but now that I can I think it's interesting to take it to the limit and see what I can hear and what I can't hear.
P.S. I am not trying to offend you and I hope you will not take this the wrong way.