Originally Posted by PhilS
And measurements may not capture everything and scientific knowledge is not perfect or complete.
Sure, scientists still haven't figured out how to unify Quantum Dynamics with General Relativity, we still don't exactly know gravity works on a Quantum level, and we don't know everything about the big bang. But we sure as heck know pretty much everything we need to know that could possibly concern the basics of how people perceive acoustics. There hasn't been a significant discovery concerning magnetics since (probably) 1873 with the publishing of "A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism."
If a scientific instrument that is more accurate than the human ear cannot pick up something-and human ears really aren't that advanced by evolutionary and technological standards- then nobody's ear ever will. The ear is not a mystical black hole (does that count as a pun?).
It is I who feels insulted, so incredibly insulted, when someone suggests that I spend hundreds of dollars on cables, or stones, or whatever. I am not an idiot. Those who suggest cables, or cd-players, or amps do something have the burden of on themselves. The burden of proof isn't on me to disprove anything.
You could say a $5000 cd player sounds so much better, and you can suggest that there is a pink teapot in orbit around Pluto. In both instances, *you* are the one that must prove something. It isn't my place to disprove the $5000 cd player or the pink teapot. This is a basic concept popularized by the enlightenment- induction. If it makes you insecure (likely fueled by the possibility that you've spent hundreds or thousands one cables/stones/etc.), then that is your own problem. The underlying assumption I make here, perhaps wrongly, is that we are interested in the truth, i.e. 'does xyz truly improve sound?'