Originally Posted by AtomikPi
The only scientific explanation is that it's brain burn in - ie you become accustomed to the sound and therefore like it more over time.
There's much to be said for that.
I'll never forget an experience that really drove that home for me.
Since I was a child, and up until I was about 15, I'd always listen, as most every other kid my age, with the bass and treble cranked all the way up.
Then I came to be friends with the first "audiophile" I'd ever encountered who told me I had it all wrong. That I had to zero out the tone controls and listen "flat."
Well, when I got home I zeroed out my tone controls and threw on some music.
It sounded like ass. Like I was listening through soggy mattresses.
But I let peer pressure get the better of me and decided to leave the tone controls zeroed out. I may not have liked the sound, but by God I was doing the right
And then over time it started sounding less and less like ass. I started hearing things in the music that I'd never heard before. Like the "metallic" sound of cymbals rather than big bursts of noise.
I eventually came to really like the sound.
And a few weeks later, just for fun, I decided to crank the bass and treble up.
It was painful.
Bottom line, the brain REALLY digs patterns. And when presented with the same pattern over time, that pattern wears a rut in the brain and the brain eventually accepts that pattern as the norm. Change that pattern and everything gets thrown out of whack.
Like the mirror on my medicine cabinet.
Once in a great while I'll walk into the bathroom, look in the mirror and suddenly feel a little off balance.
Because the cabinet door is ajar just a little bit. Maybe only a quarter of an inch. But that quarter of an inch causes the reflections in the mirror to be tweaked enough that my brain sees a different pattern than it usually does and freaks out for a moment.
Strange and amazing thing, the brain.