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Can you hear the difference?

post #1 of 113
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

here are three hi-res test files in the format 24/96 encoded as FLAC to save space. The files are all different.

 

edit: test closed

 

Please try to sort the files by audio quality, best first.

Feel free to describe the differences you heard.

 

Good luck.

 

Hint to those still doing the test: ignore the file sizes, frequency spectra etc. and also what other people wrote, just try to concentrate on hearing differences, if any.


Edited by xnor - 1/5/13 at 10:01am
post #2 of 113

I cannot.

 

Straight listening as well as ABXing A/B, A/C, and B/C, I cannot tell the difference

 

Guess my ears are run of the mill, if not worse :D
 

(Foobar using ASIO and ReplayGain --> DACport LX --> Corda Jazz --> Denon D7000)


Edited by Avi - 1/1/13 at 5:51pm
post #3 of 113
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the honesty!

 

I'll wait for a couple more replies until I'll disclose the secret.

post #4 of 113

I'm downloading them now.

post #5 of 113

At least to my ears and my system, all 3 sound almost the same or the same, but I slightly prefer B, I thought it sounded less bright. But after listening listening to all 3 again and again and again, they start to sound the same.

post #6 of 113

I failed to detect differences between the 3 files.

post #7 of 113

I can barely tell, going to guess


C  then a-b?

post #8 of 113

So what exactly is the difference that we're supposed to hear? the file sizes seem to be the same

 

Edit: Nope, no difference. 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Inverted phase on one track and the DAW shows no difference


Edited by Parall3l - 1/1/13 at 11:17pm
post #9 of 113

Nope, I don't. I thought b was the worst the first time through, but during the second time on track b, I felt all of them were the same again.

post #10 of 113

Seriously can't tell the difference even at very high volumes.

post #11 of 113

I cannot hear a difference between the files.


Edited by stv014 - 1/2/13 at 5:08am
post #12 of 113

EDIT: reply to the post below: OK, the additional file and spoiler have been deleted.

I do plan to create loopback and other tests later in another thread using different files, though.


Edited by stv014 - 1/2/13 at 5:10am
post #13 of 113
Thread Starter 

Please don't post additional files.

 

Maybe in a further test we could do some loopback recordings. This test however, doesn't include A/D conversion, that much I can reveal. tongue.gif

 

Hint to those still doing the test: ignore the file sizes, frequency spectra etc. and also what other people wrote, just try to concentrate on hearing differences, if any


Edited by xnor - 1/2/13 at 5:10am
post #14 of 113

I would say from best to worst:  B > C > A.   B and C sound similar, but B had a more pronounced sound when hitting the instruments.  A had some misc sounds/static(?) near the beginning, which I would guess are artifacts.  I noticed a difference from the second I played B after playing A for the first time.  Although they all had noticable static with my homemade AKG K167 + Fiio E7.

I think it would be better with a longer sample?  Maybe 30 sec to a minute long.


Edited by PFULMTL - 1/2/13 at 5:38am
post #15 of 113
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Originally Posted by PFULMTL View Post

Although they all had noticable static with my homemade AKG K167 + Fiio E7.

 

Doesn't the E7 (not the newer E07K) only support 48000 Hz/16-bit ? Did you compare the files blind, using an ABX comparator ?

If you really heard noise in a.flac that was not there in b.flac, you probably listened fairly loud normal_smile%20.gif

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