Originally Posted by JonasHansen
But if the processor does not do anything to the sound, why are processors in the $15k range being purchased instead of a $2000 Onkyo?
Many reasons, some of which include:
-They think it sounds better, but really it's placebo.
-They have a lot of money anyway.
-They like to boast by having expensive stuff.
-They feel good having an expensive setup.
-They like a particular brand, either its design style, or the people who designed it, or whatever
NOT saying all of those applies to everyone. I dunno man. It boggles my mind. Almost all of those people would have just as good a system with a $1000 AVR. Very few people here who have external amps are taking advantage of the extra power, and they do not offer a quality improvement otherwise, either. (Note: I myself do have an external amp, but that's because I build DIY speakers and use an active crossover which means my two front 3-way towers use a total of 6 channels amplification.) But hey, the money that other people spend circulates into the economy which is good for the rest of us, so they can go ahead and continue to spend a lot more than they need to for all I care.
If you are doing a comparison, sure, share the results. And while you are welcome to interpret your results how you want, as well as buy what you want, I will say that unless you do a double-blind ABX test with a bunch of people and a bunch of material, your results aren't going to mean much statistically because of low sample size and such (that would be true for me, and most people here as well). I do not know of any large-scale DB ABX test that has ever been able to show a difference that could be pinpointed accurately by humans. I read of one that someone else mentioned on this forum in another thread where there were only six people and only four people agreed, which is statistically useless information. Still, I am aware that you will (or won't) buy based on your own opinion/experience, but do try to make the test as good as possible. I'd say at least single-blind ABX with a few friends over and at least a few songs, with everything level matched, would be the lowest test that I'd recommend. If it shows a difference enough for you, then... well, do what you feel you have to do. You could try "ABXY" where Y would be the sound you prefer, so it could test both the ability to differentiate them, and also your preference in case you do find that they can be told apart.