Originally Posted by skamp
Andy: we're simply not looking for the same thing, so most of our debate in kinda moot. What I want is gear that is perfectly neutral, perfectly transparent, perfectly "high fidelity". Any improvements that I want over that, will come from an EQ and possibly some DSP, not to mention headphones.
What you want, I believe, is something that just sounds better
no matter why, and you're willing to spend a lot of money for it. If someone else tells me that's exactly how they feel, then my arguments won't hold much weight with them.
It's just that I assume
that when properly informed, most people would spend their money more objectively.
As for credibility: I've already established the transparency of my much cheaper gear. Since transparency is all I want, the TP can't possibly beat that. So no, I don't really need to listen to it before forming an opinion.
The only thing that might change my mind is if I listened to the TP, confirmed
that it sounds different via proper ABXing (i.e. that it is NOT transparent), and decided that it is indeed
more pleasant than anything else I've heard. In that case, I wouldn't be interested so much in buying the TP, but rather trying to establish the nature of that difference and figuring out how to reproduce it with cheaper, much more usable gear.
Feel free to lend me your TP if you care so much about changing my opinion
I'd gladly listen to it with an open mind as much as possible, and I'd perform some proper measurements while I'm at it.