Chu, I'm perfectly familiar with what was playing as I brought it. I have a tripod with the SPL meter and I'm perfectly familiar how to use it. If there were channel imbalances (which I doubt) they were the same in all cases. As I noted, I've contributed what I can for this thread. As I noted I've done similar things with an RTA in systems I know had no imbalances with differences noted on players and I have no reason to come to the conclusion that a store owned by someone who has been involved in high end audio for 20+ yrs. Forgive me, this is by no means a personal attack - you may be the brightest overall person on earth, even comparable to Da Vinci - I don't know you. But I see no response to the questions I've asked about your experience specifics and all I have to judge is but what I've seen you post. It might be a very unscientific way of coming to a conclusion but I'd have to conclude you know minimal, if anything, about audio. You seem to want to crap on anyone's thread who suggests another way of thinking and seem to excel at that. You seem to assume that everyone who believes differently has someone fell under a spell of a marketing campaign or a dealer/warlock type person and is not capable of making a valid choice based on reality.
You are welcome to your opinions. I have friends who have Bose, I have friends who are real neurotic audiophiles (and if I told you some of what they did you'd probably recommend a straight jacket and I'm not sure if we'd be 100% apart on that issue - a lot closer than you might think). So if you want to respond, what you own, how it is hooked up (in detail), have owned or have use of long term in terms of audio equipment and how you came to the conclusion based on that experience that we are misguided fools, I don't feel the need to continue this as I'd sooner listen to a good CD on some piece of equipment I was obviously tricked into buying by a crooked manufacturer and dealer as they were obviously were obviously able to tell just like you
that I was not capable of hearing and was gullable as well. As I noted it's a hobby to be enjoyed. I'll say one thing you are (entertaining and) consistent
and there is something to be said about that. If I do feel like I'm listening to stuff at a store and feel like I may be falling into that stupidity or under that spell again it's good to know there is a resource looking to rescue me
Again, please to not take this on a personal level. I think you need to understand that when you imply that others are being foolish there is the expectation that there is a real basis for that belief and when none is ever offered I don't think it is being unreasonable that a conclusion is reached. You remember the story of the boy who cried wolf. When the same stuff is done over and over people reach that conclusion. Why don't you bring a cheap CD player into some audio shop and do whatever you think needs to be done to do a fair test against some player you believe is overpriced (and don't tell me they won't let you - I've done it to various dealers and told them the stuff is built well, looks great and even if you gave it to me at your cost it is not my cup of tea and wished them well to sell to customers who think it is worth it) and then come back and tell us what differences you observed with all the details of the equipment used in a scientific manner. If those differences are none, then I respect your effort and opinion. I can't tell anyone what they hear to don't hear nor can anyone else. Feel free in my absence from the thread for using me as an example of how someone can try but still be a big fool. I may not reply, but I'm sure I'll be very entertained by it.