Originally Posted by cinnamonandgravy
what a goofy ass read. lotta snake oil out there, sure, but goodness, the erection for objectivity here is a bit 'tarded.
consider the following scenario:
two DACs are tested: A and B. in a lab, in a properly controlled environment (dB matched, bias-controlled, etc, all other components equal), DAC A is shown to be objectively the superior DAC by far
(DAC A is say a modern, well-respected, commonly used DAC, DAC B is some piece of crap 1980s budget-component).
Now youre given these two DACs to take home and test yourself, as youre interested in buying one. you (1) have no knowledge of the previously mentioned lab test, and (2) have no knowledge of their manufactured dates, assuming both to be new, and both to be comparable (both are priced within say, $5 of each other).
you listen, and to your ears, DAC A is far superior to DAC B. this is your conclusion.
Here's the problem with the above. The above is a bunch of science fiction, and real life is not science fiction. Real life does not follow agendas, it is wildly out of anybody's control.
99%+ of reality around here is people comparing two modern DACs. So your story has near zero relevance to AVS today.
So you might huff and you puff and you come up with a post that is self-serving fantasy, that even were it to happen it might not have the outcome you put into your little piece of fiction.
Reality s that in the 1980s there were no POS budget digital components to speak of because everybody was doing the best job they could for the big bucks. The first CD players cost $800 minimum and were probably a money loosing proposition for their makers, especially Sony. By the end of the decade prices had fallen by a little more than half and people were actually making money selling CD players. They were really pretty good.
Reality is that the first CD players were POS by modern standards on the test bench, but even in listening tests done in the 1990s, they were generally found to not actually sound any different. By the late 1980s sound quality wasn't the big development focus because it was a solved problem. The new frontier was tracking of questionable discs.
The only people who were having congenital sound quality problems were the high end people who were building CD transports and DACs in separate boxes, and this was mostly because it was a really bad idea, and the people who were doing it didn't put technology that was common knowledge in the 1960s into use.
So your little fantasy post is indeed a fantasy, and besides nobody is keeping anybody from doing anything.
People who are smart enough to actually design and built digital audio gear should have the basic skills it takes to do a proper DBT. They generally don't do DBTs because they "know" the probable outcome: random guessing. There's no money in selling something that sounds the same for the same price, and admitting that your product sounds the same condemns you to lower price points. The only people who can make money at lower price points are people who produce in volume and have technology on their side. Many such people seem to exist and have flooded the market.