Uhh, you guys know how to to a blind test right? You need the foobar ABX comparator plugin, else it's not really blind imo. You need to use replaygain to level match it, there's usually a slight volume difference between lossless and mp3.
Originally Posted by Br777
so....music sounding good to me both compressed and lossless makes me a victim of snake oil???
where is the context for that comment? I dont get it.
My point is that headfi members shill things and nobody takes blind tests or measurements to confirm if it's actually better. One thing that strikes me as blatantly obvious is that people on headfi are rich and plug things based on price and not an objective or measurable verification of the hardware's accuracy.
This is especially true for DACs and headphone amps. Level matched, I think that most people here won't tell a difference in a blind test. Plus, people try to sell amps where it's not needed.
Some companies like Audio GD likes to sell "colored" gear for example, if you mail them asking for measurements they will ignore you. The only RMAA measurements I've seen of their stuff was certainly not flattering. Same with distortion measurements of their opamps.
I had asked the same thing to HA-info, and the results were much the same. Won't give info. Advertised ">120 db snr" had translated into a real life performance of ~100db snr with a bad frequency response... and to top it off, the Chinese Build Quality(tm) had left me with a piece of junk that also would cut out the left channel, or work at low volume on both channels until you fidget with it for half an hour.
Edited by Dalamar - 7/6/10 at 12:36pm