- Jun 15, 2014
Yes, but I'm talking about folks that claim it is easy and that there is really no debate on the matter. In these cases, why would anyone need the right music, the right part in that music, and careful analysis that results in them still missing on occasions? If the tester is unable to hear a difference while quickly changing from one version to another, the chance of identifying a difference while playing either file in a normal situation is even more unlikely. I suppose I don't think very subtle differences that few can identify would qualify as easy or obvious.
When I read these claims, I have a difficult time believing that they have ever done a proper ABX or that their test was somehow flawed.
Fair point. I don't think it's easy or obvious. The importance of it depends on the application. For me, if I'm listening to music while working, or cleaning, or whatever, then I don't need FLAC files. I'm not listening closely. But sometimes I like to sit in a comfortable chair and do nothing but listen to an album in great detail, then I want to hear the subtle differences. Often, the albums I listen to critically are my favorite ones, and I've heard them hundreds of times. So I'm familiar with the details and can appreciate the differences. In those cases it becomes easier to discern a sharper cymbal crash, or really lush reverb on the vocals. That's a big deal for me.