Originally Posted by dan.gheorghe
If you have good audio memory. If you don't, it is just as useless as normal testing in my opinion.
I've seen this trend lately a lot. If somebody doesn't hear the difference others tell you, automatically they say that it is biased...and blind listening is required...If the blind listening is successful they say you didn't do the tests right...or something like that...
I've seen this especially in the "audiophile" sub-reddit. There are lots of people there that don't even believe in DACS :))) .
In my opinion..those people... didn't hear the right dacs or don't have the right system, or have very small audio memory or hearing problems
Have you ever done a blind listening test?
I have a number of times. Like I said, it will remove any kind of expectation bias. Also it can be rather embarrassing.
If you say you prefer one DAC, AMP or cable over the other, then it's safe to say you have pretty good audio memory. Because you remember what you liked or disliked about all in question. So these test are done with the assumption the participants are Audio aware and thus has pretty good audio memory.
I did a blind test with a very seasoned member here (Happy Camper) with two USB cables. A Wire-World something and a stock USB cable. The wireworld cable cost well over $100, the stock cable was just that - stock. HC did a very good job of telling me what he like about the wireworld cable and what he didn't like about the stock cable. So I said, if you "think" you can tell the difference pretty easy - lets test it.
Out of 5 tracks played the cable I preferred 3 times was the stock cable. He didn't want to do the test himself. Thats just one. I've done many other in Audio stores with speaker setups. The same thing each and every time. The differences are to subtle to really tell.
There's tons of articles on blind testing and double blind testing. It's done all the time in Audio.
If you haven't done any, just try it. the results may surprise you.