Originally Posted by mnn1265
Could this difference be attributed to the Onkyo being a new fun toy that everyone is interested in? Reason I ask is that "sound memory" is not very accurate (especially considering you're in no way controlling for scores of variables). Are you able to instantly switch from one source receiver to the other or are you comparing after re-wiring?
The reason I'm very skeptical (other than the fact that this is almost a purely subjective matter) is that you chose to use terms like "seems," "slight edge," "bit fuller," "a little bit better." Combine the ambiguity of your descriptive terms with the fact that your ears are connected to a baised brain and I think it's safe to assume you really don't know either way. Besides, as you admitted your percieved preference could even be explained simply by the setup and EQ... well if that could explain it then probably so could other variables.
I'm not picking on you though, you're only human like the rest of us. I probably wouldn't trust my own opinion in your circumstance either.
Don't worry I would be asking the same thing. When I hear others comment on listening comparisons I take it with a grain of salt.
It is impossible to accurately judge the two without doing a side by side A B comparison, and even then I think the differences would be minimal. Which is one reason why I used abiguous, as you put it, descriptive terms. I was in no way blown away by the improved audio quality, it wasn't like a sheet was lifted from my speakers, it just sounded better to me.
One thing you can't accuse me of is being biased over a new "toy" however. If you read my posts, I am probably harder on this new receiver than anyone else. I have been very critical, perhaps overly so, of it's flaws. So believe me when I say, I am not biasing my thoughts towards it any way at all. Would I like to be justified in spending more money on a receiver that I am finding I really don't need, sure. Am I overlooking it's shortcomings because of it, definitely not.
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