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post #1681 of 2916
And : "The DAC in the avr is optimized for multichannel use i.e. dts, etc. I don't expect it to do stereo extremely well. From my similar dealings I found the amps/source signature the same on analogue and hdmi. However, I did notice a bit more bottom end via the analogues. It wasn't really day and night. Could be the snake oil in the interconnects. As Hi-amphibian said we don't know how much is going digital. However, when I tried a much higher end cd player on the analogues it was a day and night difference".
post #1682 of 2916

Wow. That makes zero sense. 

post #1683 of 2916
What chimpanzee said those quotes?
post #1684 of 2916
It's our local AV forum. Just click on the link and read the posts ... at your peril.. ; - ) Every now and then we get an audiofool. If you are up to the challenge why not sign up and set these people straight?
Edited by Yahzi - 12/9/12 at 10:21am
post #1685 of 2916
If they want to e set straight, they can venture into the sound science lion's den.
post #1686 of 2916
Not going to happen I'm afraid. It would be funny if someone from the inside could take them apart, one myth at a time.
post #1687 of 2916
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Originally Posted by Yahzi View Post

Not going to happen I'm afraid. It would be funny if someone from the inside could take them apart, one myth at a time.

 

In my experience, they find ways to dismiss such interventions. Until they start to seek out and think critically for themselves it's an uphill battle to fight fiction with fact. 

 

That's not to say that it is not still valuable to put facts out there. It is. But to expect a tiger to change its stripes just because an outside came in and proved them wrong, is unreasonable. 

post #1688 of 2916
"On AVRs this remains a tricky topic as many dont actually have analogue inputs that remain analogue..." Does this make any sense? Doesn't to me.
post #1689 of 2916
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Originally Posted by Yahzi View Post

"On AVRs this remains a tricky topic as many dont actually have analogue inputs that remain analogue..." Does this make any sense? Doesn't to me.

 

 

It suggests that some analog input signals are then digitized internally by an ADC possibly for digital signal processing (Dolby, THX). 

post #1690 of 2916
I would like to broach the one major audiophile myth that I agree with. I have been questioned about it before, and seldom have a not intangible, visceral, or nostalgic answer. Why do I love records so much more than digital media? And why do I prefer CDs to even flac files? I feel like a hypocrite, but nothing is going to change my mind!
post #1691 of 2916
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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post

I would like to broach the one major audiophile myth that I agree with. I have been questioned about it before, and seldom have a not intangible, visceral, or nostalgic answer. Why do I love records so much more than digital media? And why do I prefer CDs to even flac files? I feel like a hypocrite, but nothing is going to change my mind!

Handling the media is priming you to listen, and there may be favorable associations with past experiences? I'm no psychologist.
post #1692 of 2916
makes sense.
post #1693 of 2916
Guys, take a look at this cable "test" from the forums.
 
"Another week, another test.

One perticilurly good recording, with elements or bass, mids and airy highs.

3 Suspects

(a) Van Den hul Silver TC
(b) Kimber KCAG
(c) The R4.95 RCA

as reference. Siltech SQ88

Please note that even at 1500 euro for most expensive one here, this is NOT high end cable - more medium level.

Two victims, one audiophile the other never been exposed to high end hifi and a videophile.

I played same song with each of the cable, asked each person to say

1) DID they hear a difference ?
2) Which sounded best and worst

I repeated the test 15 times, swapping cables at random, twice not swapping

I didnr have KPGM to verify the results BUT this is what I found

I had (c) in the test 5 times:

The RCA (c) was identified 5/5 times AND but only 4/5 times considered the worst by both listeners.

I had (b) in the system 7 times and (c) 3 times
 
(a) and (b) was felt almost to close to call BUT even with that slight difference

(a) was picked by BOTH people 5/7 times  to be the best and nicest sounding (b) 2 times and the rest undecided..

The BAD news ?

The RCA sounded too good to be in there! It should have been bad bad  :Ooooooh:

Comparing the VanDen Hul with a Siltech SQ88 (1500 euro) made almost no difference... no conclusive decision could be made if the sound changed or not.... to all the listeners it "sounded the same"

That concludes my experiment on interconnects. I am happy I COULD hear differences. I COULD 100% identify the RCA  :clap:

But DAMMIT I should not have bought the expensive Siltechs  :nutter: Albeit at 75% discount. If I paid the full R20k I would have been pulling my hair out.

Now for speaker cables  :sweat:"
 
post #1694 of 2916
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Originally Posted by Yahzi View Post


One perticilurly good recording, with elements or bass, mids and airy highs.

Which recording, what was the entire playback chain?

 

 

Quote:

I had (c) in the test 5 times:

[...]


I had (b) in the system 7 times and (c) 3 times

So what is it, 5 or 3 times? What about a?

 

 

Quote:
The RCA (c) was identified 5/5 times AND but only 4/5 times considered the worst by both listeners.

5/5 still has a 3.1% probability of guessing and 4/5 of 18.8%.

 

You should have done (at least) 10 trials per cable and identified the cable 9 times.

 

 

Quote:
That concludes my experiment on interconnects. I am happy I COULD hear differences. I COULD 100% identify the RCA  :clap:

Not really. wink.gif

post #1695 of 2916
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Originally Posted by xnor View Post

 

You should have done (at least) 10 trials per cable and identified the cable 9 times.

 

It is a quote from another forum, the test was not done by Yahzi.

 

It is not always easy to make a test like this fully blind, by the way, there are often subconscious cues that allow the listeners to find out what cable is being used.


Edited by stv014 - 12/10/12 at 8:43am
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