Originally Posted by Prog Rock Man
Here is another argument against ABX testing. It is a genius argument. It says that because so many ABX tests result in no difference being heard in the sound, then the tests are invalid because there is a difference in the sound. I use the same argument every time something or someone proves me wrong. I say that I am not wrong and the proof must instead be wrong. That way I am always right, even when I am wrong........
I think the OP's argument is pretty similar to this and does make sense.
If a testing method only gives you ONE result even when measured differences are entered like the picture test, maybe it's time to think about how the testing method may not lend itself to honest results given you are testing the persons short term memory in a highly confusing scenario and not the actual equipment. If all you get is null results and you really can't do anything with those results what is the point?
If I buy a cable, and it sounds better in my system, in an ABX test I get a null result, but yet I put the cable back in my system and hear the same positive results I heard before the ABX test what am I supposed to do with the null results? Am I supposed to then buy cheaper cable, notice the downgrade in sound and then just deal with it because ABX almost always just produces null results? If my perception of improved sound in my system happens before and after the ABX and is persistent there after how is that placebo and if it is do I care?
So we have a test that just produces null results, and with those results we still aren't going to do anything with them. So what is the point again?
Seems more like a parlor trick to me, hey look even when measured differences show up in the test you still can't pick it out and get it right woo hoo.
Edited by swanlee - 5/16/10 at 5:21pm