Originally Posted by coolgeek
In my opinion, our brain's ability to compensate, ignore, selective, etc, are far bigger than we think.
Yep, and that's how all the senses work. The power of acclimation is strong.
If you change the color temperature on a screen, within 20 minutes, you will auto white balance, and it will look the same. So, it's best to avoid the high color temperatures that look better short term, because they cause more eye strain and look the same long term.
If you drink Coke for a month, you'll prefer the taste of Coke. If you drink Pepsi for a month, you'll prefer the taste of Pepsi. Same goes for beer, liquor, cigarette brands (for those that still smoke), etc.
And your perception of sound includes auto EQs, similar to an auto white balance, and you prefer speakers timbres that you are acclimated to. Even volume works that way. If you turn the volume up, in 15 minutes, you'll acclimate to it, and not notice the difference (so don't turn it up too much and damage your hearing).
This is really apparent when using Dirac, since you have a tone of control to quickly change the sound, but you rapidly acclimate, so it's a moving target. If you come back an hour later, your perception is totally different.
When listening to other people's sound systems, the results are surprisingly random. Sometimes it sounds great to them, but awful to me, despite a lot of money and effort, but they are acclimated to it.
It must be strange to create and market audio products, when most of the differences are in your head, not in the products.
I'm not saying everything is the same. Not at all. The differences are just overlaid over lots of brain weirdness that makes an even bigger difference.