Originally Posted by krabapple
Btw, using headphones helps *a bit* too . (Has anyone claimed victory here with anything like a normal loudspeaker-based listening setup? You know, where the listener is a few feet away from the loudspeakers?)
I will apologize in advance for the fancy terms I list below as part of my observations. Just be grateful I omitted "Timbre"
Yes, I can claim victory (Battle or War? - not sure) to have determined High-Rez vs. CD quality using loudspeakers. All 6 of the systems judged as "High-Rez" capable had a perfect score according to Scott. System components below.
Please note that I DO NOT claim that the differences were as a result of ultrahigh frequency content broadcast into my listening area. At least not directly.
Definitive Technology - Front L/R BP2002TL
Denon - AVR-3801 (predates room correction features. Was part of first wave of 'future proof AVR that could accommodate DVD-A and SACD analog multi-channel that were emerging technologies)
OPPO - BDP-95
Room has almost no room treatments. I have my window shades down on the right side and a large piece of foam on the left side.
A USB stick with the songs was fed right into the BDP-95 from which an analog path goes through the AVR to my speakers.
I can play an stringed instrument and can sometimes learn songs by ear without having to read the music notes.
Some notes about what I observed but I have omitted the song names to avoid any possible influence on tests yet to be performed by others.
0:26 - More real. Percussion sound is more authentic and is more separated from the other sounds.
0:40 - Multiple sounds are more distinct and it is easier for me to hear individual instrument characteristics.
0:50 - High frequency has more presence. I would almost claim more SPL too but even I find that impression hard to describe.
Passage from 0:08 through 0:16 - Easier to hear individual instruments. Way more dynamics.
0:33 - What I would describe as room reverb has more sustain. I.e. does not fade away as quick as with CD.
1:03 - The sound at this time is more real. The CD version just sounds jumbled up.
1:20 - Percussion sounds have more sustain as they fade away.
PS - I am not wearing my flame suit!!!!!