Originally Posted by Hi-Finthen
Yes I laugh at dorks who haven't heard better but argue they KNOW better.
As it happens at least two posts here are from people who have heard more expensive kit and found it to sound indistinguishable from cheaper kit
on several occaisions. That these persons do not find a difference does not mean they have no musical appreciation or listening skills.
Personally having been a keen music listener for over 30 years I dont feel that I have no musical appreciation, I have a moderate (600) collection of Classical CDs and a smaller collection (~100) popular music CDs, nor do I feel that my listening skills are particularly bad.
More to the point, the literature going back to the 1980s is replete with examples of tests where very expensive kit is found to be indistinguishable from much cheaper kit, it isnt always true by any means, but it is true quite often and often with highly skilled listeners, musical pofessionals and technical experts, are they all deaf musical illiterates as well ?
In this context blind testing is a perfectly rational approach, the intention being to remove extraneous psychological variables and the forms of self-deception that we as humans are all prone to so that real differences can be separated from imagined ones.
For many years I was also convinced that there were always big differences in kit, of course I grew up with vinyl and it was probably more fundamentally true with TTs, year after year I would try different pieces or tweaks or accessories and I always assumed that if I could just get something a bit more expensive that I would have far greater mucical enjoyment. In a sense this did happen, in 1984 I bought a CD player and it really did increase my musical enjoyment. However since then I have never been able to replicate that kind of quantum leap and lately my own AB comparisons have repeatedly shown that for me these big differences are impossible to replicate. Consequently I now have a cheap CD unit a decent amp (M^3) and some decent mid-range headphones (HD580/K501) and have never been happier. It really is all about the music after all.