Haha no, if anything I wanted the Quads to sound better, but logic dictates they would sound the same and I usually tend to follow what science proves to be true, so I really was expecting to not hear a difference.
I don't think a small difference in dB would make that much of an audible difference like what I heard, but since you seems honestly intrigued I will borrow the receiver once more. I have a dB meter stashed somewhere, but I also have a multimeter so I'll test things out that way. No doubt, as I did it, there was most certainly a difference in dB, but I also tried the Quads at a lower volume than the Onkyo just to be sure (so a big, noticeable difference in dB, with the Onkyo turned up louder), and even at lower volumes, the Quads sounded more dynamic and more airy. That being said, I'll test things out once more with matching levels, I'll even ask my dad to come over so he can bring the receiver and adjust the level himself for a blind test while I'm at it, but considering that the Quads sound MUCH better even at a LOWER level, I don't think the results will be any different.
Can you recommend me a good test signal software/sound file for this? I only tested with music I am familiar with.
Edited by elmoe - 2/15/14 at 5:58am