Originally Posted by Varoudis
PS: i bet this is the first time in this forum that someone accepts that the problem he was hearing was actually neural network malfunction
Not the first. Perception is entirely between one's ears. I've known that for a long time.
Have you ever misheard or misinterpreted a lyric? That's because your brain "edits" the incoming neurological signals and inserts whatever is necessary for it to match what you expect to hear. The more that you focus on that misheard lyric the more firmly entrenched the misinterpretation becomes.
A more practical example, I think, is covers. Cover versions of songs that I like often sound wrong to me. Instruments are different, vocals are different, tempos are different, rhythms are different. Everything is different and it sometimes drives me batty. Exceptions are things like tribute albums where I expect everything to be different, and I occasionally find a cover that's better than the original (Big Country's cover of "Hey Hey, My My" comes to mind).
I figure that most of what is "wrong" with the version 1.2.7 sound signature is this effect. If you're accustomed to version 1.2.2 then anything different sounds wrong to you. The more that you focus on that wrongness, the more wrong it becomes in your mind to the point where some of you have suggested that 1.2.7 is so bad that you can't stand to listen to it. To which I say this:
Relax. Install v1.2.7 on your DX50. Put it in a drawer. Use a Sansa Clip or Fuze with Rockbox for a while. Charge up the DX50 after a week and be amazed at how good it sounds.