Originally Posted by imagic
be so, but often that's not the case. I find the way the letter "S" is rendered in vocals might just be the biggest difference between AVR amps but there is more nuance to it.
It is often the case that 'differences' that seem to exist during sighted, nonlevelmatched comparison, cannot be reliably detected when the comparison is done double blind and carefully level-matched.
Having just gone from a $500 (msrp) AVR to a $1600 (msrp) AVR in the past couple of days, this is much perfectly clear: People who's job it is to review these things are not 'making things up' when they hear differences, and the designers of high-end AVRs are not wasting their time when they 'tweak' the amplifiers.
They aren't 'making things up'. I'm sure they believe that what they hear is real .But they are still human. And these are still anecdotes. (And I would posit that if it's someone job to report on differences between gear, by golly they're gonna hear differences.)
But there's a silver lining. If these differences are real, it would seems a simple thing for these highly trained people to demonstrate under controlled conditions. Why haven't they?
Logic 7 is of course a form of EQ, and I have no problem with reports of difference between that an other forms of EQ -- if that's what you mean by 'HK sound'. But I don't think there is a 'sound' to their amps and preamps.