Originally Posted by Reefdvr27
I understand what he is saying but it is a moot point. I have been in the presence of speaker designers and it did not change the way I felt about their product. Actually at the last GTG I liked one of the designers there the least. My opinion is you let your ears do the talking for you. I know what I heard and what I like and nobody is going to influence me into liking something. If I don't like the way a speaker sounds, I will be very upfront about it. This hobby is so subjective it's crazy to even believe anyone's opinions without hearing something for yourself. As for blind testing, I think it is the only way to rule out bias at a GTG. However IMO the only way to demo speakers is in your space for say two weeks then change to something else, then you will know whats missing or what you like.
bias probably isn't the correct word, it's more of a placebo. It's not a decision someone makes to have. Tux is a good guy, he explains everything and doesn't even take money for his design. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propinquity_effect
Just because there's a designer in the room, doesn't mean you'll like their speaker more, but anything can have an effect. Them all living in vancouver / the west coast can have an effect.
Originally Posted by jbrown15
I understand what you're trying to say Mike but if that's the case the Funk Audio 8.2P's would of hands down been everyone's favorites and that couldn't be farther from the truth. No one said they were the best speakers, most even agreed that in the smaller room that I have the 6.1P's sounded better.
There's way more than just cost and presence of a designer though. Bias can be positive or negative. Bias towards waveguides, bias against company made speakers, bias to a color of speaker, bias to look of drivers, etc. etc.
There's tons of psychological stuff on these topics. Even this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mere-exposure_effect
could cause bias.
Bias is probably not the right word to use but I can't think of another word.
We're probably all biased towards DIY stuff, I wouldn't be surprised if someone who had a $50,000 stereo set-up ( that doesn't sound good, maybe it's in a bad room) comes and listened to all the best SEOS designs and hates them all.