Originally Posted by skamp
I'd rather say that we're ALL subject to expectation bias, yes. I know it's really difficult to accept when you have never done any ABXing, but once you've done that a few times, it feels like a revelation. This is why it's so difficult to have a conversation with audiophiles, they haven't the slightest clue of how easily our perception (especially auditory) can be altered and manipulated. It's nearly impossible for them to believe it, and the worst part is that they usually refuse to even try an ABX session, or when then do and fail, they just dismiss the results altogether, because it's so hard for them to let go of (sometimes) years of, dare I say, faith
. They've been living in Wonderland for far too long! They would need to let go of their entire belief system, and that's just not going to happen for most of them. It's even humiliating to realize how wrong one has been all those years, especially when one has been making a lot of claims! Not many people are big enough to admit that.
Personally, I was lucky, because I was educated about this early on, when I was just starting to get interested in all things audio. So I didn't have to let go of many beliefs, I didn't have to feel humiliated about years and years of bullschiit claims that I never made to begin with.
I don't see a problem here. Feel free to take pleasure from whatever sounds good to you. I couldn't blame you from enjoying even mediocre gear, because that's entirely subjective. Whatever works for you! Also, the point is that you're listening to music
for pleasure, like you said, not gear! I might debate with you if you happen to recommend objectively bad gear to clueless newbies, but that's a different matter.
Also, again, you can either be content with what you perceive, or, if you're really obsessed with finding gear that's objectively good, regardless of your perception, then you can always rely on objective measurements and some ABXing. Your choice, and I won't debate that!
Personally, I have made the choice to be somewhat objective about what gear I choose, but at the same time, I have no problem letting my expectation bias enhance my enjoyment of it. I feel like it's a win-win situation!