Originally Posted by swspiers
Anyone can post just about anything. But to be really useful, volume matching is pretty high on the list.
Without a doubt, having the test gear and doing level matching would remove one of many variables. The problem is that you still are relying on the subjective skills of the listener to actually hear and identify differences. Could this listener have been duped by slight volume differences even after tweaking each device to get the most from it?...Yes, quite possibly. Try as I will, I can't remove my "Stu" colored glasses, or ear goggles. I read some great posts on here by obobskovich on this subject and I almost entirely agree with the proposition that our subjective perceptions color even what we think are objective observations.
So for the audiophile shibboleths of "imaging" and "soundstage"(insert your buzz word here) , which can't be properly measured outside our own noggins, we have to rely on the very subjective opinions of fellow listeners. This is why I wrote in Positive Feedback magazine almost 20 years ago that I am the world authority on what sounds best to Stu in Stu's listening room with Stu's associated equipment and readers should apply the appropriately sized grain of salt to anything I write.
In this case, I think that grain should be pretty large. I'm very new to the headphone scene and I really know squat about it. Some things just don't translate well when you're used to big rigs in a dedicated listening room. This site is so much fun and I'm enjoying the read immensely. I'm here to learn, share, make some new friends and have FUN!Edited by stuartmc - 10/2/14 at 11:40am