Originally Posted by lrstevens421
If you want me to tell you I'm imagining things, then fine.
Like I wrote earlier: you want to hear a difference, you hear a difference. I don't think there's anything really wrong with that, actually.
Yes, I have.
Whatever makes you feel better, but have YOU heard both?
I spent three days last week testing a Yamaha 3800 with Pioneer's latest BD-player which does HBR bitstreaming over HDMI 1.3 and a set of KEF's Reference speakers.
This has absolutely nothing to do with "making me feel better". That's quite an insult, albeit it missed the mark by a mile. I'm simply resisting the snake oil merchants.
We should be excited about these advancements, I am.
So am I. But my excitement does not blind me to facts.
Listen (heh), it's quite easy to set up a blind test with the help of the missus. Just make sure the decoding is switched between the receiver and the player randomly and several times, and that you have no knowledge which product is doing the decoding. The volume should be also randomly changed, so you can't tell which one's playing by audio levels. Just make sure the levels are not higher every time for the same product, as louder = better
The assistant makes notes on which unit was doing the decoding during each test, records your answers, then compares the two. If there's a difference, you should hit very close to 100%. No cheating, now!