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Poll Results: how good are your ears?

 
  • 5% (2)
    i cannot even tell any difference between "better" gears and "lesser" gears
  • 10% (4)
    i can only tell when i a/b them
  • 35% (14)
    i can tell them apart but it requires more than normal concentration
  • 50% (20)
    i can totally tell them apart and its extremely easy to do that and does not really require no effort at all
40 Total Votes  
post #46 of 49
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

I picked option 4, although I wish there was an option like, "I can easily tell the difference when I am in a quiet room, by myself, with no ambient distractions."

 




noise is not the problem here, the scenario already assumes theres no ambient distractions. otherwise, how can you tell the difference between gears anyway? if someone says they can tell gears apart with ambient noise, i can just say well... the ambient noise is like 20 db now, you can tell gears apart. how about at 70 db? his answer will likely vary then, so the scenario already assumes you are by yourself without anyone or anything distracting you

 

Ah, I see. I just prefer to test gear in a quiet, isolated room with no distractions.

post #47 of 49
Thread Starter 
and i havent voted on my own pole yet... what a shame lol... but i feel like sometimes i can tell gears apart better, sometimes i cant... mood is a factor (like knowing i have something to do afterwards kills my ability to tell any gear apart because i cant focus but will think about what i have to do afterwards, like homework or study for a test) but if everything is good, its probably between the 3rd or 4th option but it can be 1st or 2nd too, depends... i will give an example, i dont think i will have a hard time telling the etymotic research hf5 and skullcandy inkd apart mostly because they differ in sound signature so much and theres also a difference in sound quality, and if i cant tell the difference apart for whatever reason, mood or whatever, i can definitely tell them apart if i try to focus and a/b them and that is even when i have the mood factor factoring in. the first thing i will look for is probably how much bass quantity each one has and it will probably be fairly easy to tell them apart because skullcandy inkd has much more bass in terms of quantity. the hf5 is much brighter in terms of presentation. it also has better sound quality but that takes more concentration to hear the difference though the difference is not that small to be honest, if i really sit down and focus and listen to it. what i dont hear very well is like my ibasso dx100, the 2 filters option, fast roll off and slow roll off, i cant tell them apart that well, sometimes i cant even hear any difference and sometimes i can hear a difference but cant pinpoint what it is.
post #48 of 49
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

 

Ah, I see. I just prefer to test gear in a quiet, isolated room with no distractions.

 




same here, i dont think anyone will prefer otherwise
post #49 of 49
Thread Starter 
sorry for the triple post but another example will be, i listen to the sony xb500 (which now i own) right after the sony zx700 (without intention of a/bing them, just listen to demo them but for a very short time), they are very easy to be differentiated apart because the xb500 has so much more bass and that is very obvious and easy to pick up (at least for me and i nowhere have audiophile ears so if i can hear it, you guys can definitely hear it). i also think i can tell difference in bass better than difference in treble, probably because i dont usually listen to classical and my preference in critical listening. i usually listen to the bass and mid more than the treble when listen to music. i wonder if you guys are the same or not
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