Originally Posted by jalyst
Not so sure claims of better SQ are anchored purely in theory/numbers...
I agree with this statement 100%, but I think it's being directed at the wrong party. I'm not the one claiming better
SQ based on theoretical numbers. I'm claiming that there probably is no better
audible quality in the higher-priced cards, from RMAA tests (which are anything but theoretical). The audiophile crowd is the one that usually claims much better sound quality from theoretical numbers and hardware parts like OPAMPs. Bear in mind that this crowd is also who usually shuns level-matched double blind tests, so their opinions are anything but objective (in fact many don't even believe in what they call "objectivism" as if it was simply another random ideology).
I think many folk at head-fi would strongly disagree with your assertion that the DX sounds as good as a stock Essence ST + H6.
This is even less likely with the right mix of OPAMPS & tweaks on the latter...
Not trying to flame you, but you really need to check out some of the sound card threads over there.
I really don't mind being flamed (it's the internets), I just find that usually it's the other party that gets angry with me
and this isn't a forum where I like being too confrontational. But we can still discuss it.
I hung around head-fi for a while a few years back and still check it once in a while, and it doesn't strike me as a bastion of scientific minded people, just headphone enthusiasts of all creeds. Which is fine, but someone's experience needs to be backed up with proper tests. If you know any good double-blind tests on these cards, I'd be interested.
A forum like hydrogenaudio.org for instance, has in its terms of service such a rule, so any claims of audibility must be backed up with proof of a proper test having been done (this is easier with some things like codec or lossy/lossless comparisons), which makes for very interesting, objective discussions. hydrogenaudio is usually hated by many audiophiles though, which tells you something about those particular audiophiles' beliefs.