It seems the more deeper I dig into this forum the closer I am getting to the truth. I read somewhere that 90% of a modern digital sound can be attributed to the headphones or the loudspeakers and the room they're being played in.
Would anyone agree or disagree with this?
I seeem to be struggling to record any meaningful blind tests for the kit I have using my rega phono adc its sort of making a swirling sound . So the closest I have got to objective listening is to listen to my cd player direct through the headphone out on my amp using my hd800s. At the same time I switched between the coaxial from my audiolab mdac into the same amp. There is a delay whilst doing this and I can see what's being played. The differences are minimal but always in favour of the audiolab.
I also tried the headphone out on my laptop and switched between my hrt music streamer pro the audiolab the beresford bushmaster and the young all of which were connecting to my graham slee novo headphone amp. Again, there wasn't too much difference. But again, is it possible that I was hearing better sound reproduction through the novo? It seemed like it to me.
The only thing apart from a headache this has given me is the knowledge that however and whatever I connect my hd800s to the music sounds just great.