I've been having a good time reading and posting here for the past few weeks.
I've gradually come to realize that the vast majority of posts which claim better sound quality are in fact, mistaking "better" for:
1. louder sound
2. a placebo effect which is completely a figment of their imagination
3. backwards rationalization where posters claim a product improves sound quality, even though they know it doesn't, since they don't want to admit they just wasted X amount of dollars and Y amount of time researching a product which actually produces inferior results.
Now, you may object and claim that you are in fact, hearing superior results with equipment x y and z vs a b and c.
As far as amps are concerned, do you
a. verify that you are listening at the same sound levels with and without the amp?
b. can you point to any double blind a/b tests which corroborate such a difference where neither the researcher nor subjects know which piece/s of equipment are playing at any given time?
We could save ourselves an untold amount of money and time with such scientific testing.
Who is up to it?