that to, there are a huge number of factors to consider, gear is an imporant one, Some headphones, dacs and amps are better at pulling out mirco details than others. I prefer a very dry sounding system, I like those little itty bitty details, and I'm not a huge fan of excessive decay or "warmth"
See, that strikes me as an extreme exaggeration, if not an outright lie. The difference between 320kbps well encoded MP3 and wav is by no means obvious, and even on the most difficult to encode tracks, it is subtle at best. I agree that it is occasionally (with the right equipment, training in what to listen for, and certain samples) audible, but it is always a minimal and difficult to hear difference.
Now you and Silver Ears make two contrasted points, I listen with a Hifiman HE 4, Beyer Ear pads and a SUPER bright Solid State amp and dac, my set up is pretty aggressive with treble extension and decay, I have bright sounding headphones with brigh sounding amps and dacs, not to mention I know what to listen for, it's subtle but it's distinct, yea for me it's obvious since I've done... like 6 abxs now. Not to mention about every two weeks or so I find a transcode within my own collection, or I'll listen to a song that's listed as flac, playing at 600+ kbs but sounds like an mp3, throw it in the spectrum and now I'm reporting some one for uploading a transcode
I'm not assuming anything, its in your previous posts... Now your defensive attitude really makes me doubt you even more.
Yeah that's real cute and all but the people arguing in this thread have been at this for decade and heard systems that cost tens if not hundreds of thousands...
my point exactly, your using any and everything you can do dis validate my results
So what we have at this very moment is a stalemate, two differing opinions and on that note I'm leaving this thread... I did my abx and as I predicted half of you accept and agree with my results, the other half of you are dead set on calling me a liar. I don't care what you think of me, since I'm the one listening to my music, I just encourage... Oh this is in the sound science forum... lol well then in that case good luck and have fun!