I've said nothing about this particular test that overstates its importance. In fact I've downplayed its informational value, including challenging ChrisWiggles' own characterization of the test results. I have encouraged Mike to do new tests that address the shortcomings in the protocol, and to practice.
But let's keep one thing in mind. None of us objectivists were claiming with certainty that Mike was going to hear differences, he did
went into this test believing that under those conditions he was going to be able to hear differences. And during
the test he was confident, too:
until the test was over i felt confident that i could hear real differences and that i had a 'lock' on which characteristic was which cable.
after the first 3 tests i was getting a bit tired and the ear protection started causing a slight headache. at no time did i feel that was affecting my listening.
when i made my choice known for #8 i was confident that i was 100% for all 7. then my friend Ted said 'that's it.....test over'.
So let's be clear, the test didn't prove whether or not there are audible differences between cables. Not between any two pairs, and not between these two pairs in particular. Not for any listener, and not for Mike L. in particular.
What it did
prove is that Mike L.'s confidence in his own discerning ability needs adjusting, downward. And though it doesn't prove anything about subjectivists in general
, it certainly ought to cause any intellectually honest one to question their own confidence, too.