Originally Posted by rno63
The Upgrade Company employs double blind, multiple-participant A-B listening sessions when developing an upgrade and choosing parts selections for each upgrade. We measure, record and quantify the performance of the stock unit in order to determine it's strengths and weaknesses. The objective data further aids in determining which brands and types of ultra high end parts to install. We employ both measurement equipment and recording equipment to record and quantify each unit's stock performance prior to any work being done. Using an advanced recording system, we make recordings of each unit before during and after the upgrade. We quantify the unit's performance both in it's stock OEM condition and just prior to shipping it back to the customer to have a very clear "before and after" record of the parts, shielding and wiring improvements.
Bald-faced comedy. A one man operation does this? If he goes to THIS much trouble, there is no doubt you would have at least a few reports from people, anonymous or otherwise, who have participated in such studies, given how numerous and extensive he makes them sound. And sorry, being sworn to secrecy or confidentiality agreements doesn't wash. History has taught us well that no matter the number of participants or how high or even dangerous the stakes, it's impossible to maintain secrecy for long. But nary a peep from the supposed good-sized contingent of DBT participants here.
Has there ever been a documented case of an audio based cult? This might be the first. So much here is faith-based and reliant upon the positive testimonial conversions of the skeptical, i.e., " I had my doubts, but now I believe!"
. But this hobby is rife with examples of the skeptical being converted. "I thought expensive power cables were bunk. My reasoned analysis says they shouldn't, but I gave it a try and it really made a difference!"
This is a hobby that lends itself to these sorts of subtle influences, and some will succumb, no matter how intelligent and how skeptical they are going in. Given how easy it is to fall prey due to typically faulty user auditioning methods and the assorted confounding psychological influences, it shouldn't be surprising that someone savvy enough could come along and recognize which buttons to push and to do so with just enough people to carve out a fantastic living for themselves.
If this is a cult, it's certainly a patient and polite cult, I'll concede and give them lots of credit for that. It's difficult to maintain your composure in the face of aggressive doubters, but most of these Upgrade Company customers do. That's impressive.