Well, sure Scott, I don't hail each study as a definitive answer. I look at them as examples that provide a practical illustration of the researcher's works that I mentioned earlier. Yes, they're imperfect and some are better than others. However one and perhaps the main key point is that as level matching becomes better, it gets harder and harder provided the devices are generally well-behaved. When the match is very good and we still hear reliable differences, then typically we can point to the reason and sometimes it lies in what the vendor did or didn't say.
I think this has been a relatively good natured discussion and I know that when discussions get heated and barbed then sides are taken that are difficult to retreat from. What may seem obvious to me and to others isn't to others. Perhaps it's because the explanation just hasn't been clear enough. Maybe it's because people have based purchases over time on subjective matters that can be proven to be wrongly thought out. They may feel that calls into question something like their choice in speakers. Maybe it's insecurity and a feeling that you'll no longer belong to the 'club' or that you're not a discerning type of fellow. It's a tough thing explaining the reasons why two amps can be determined to be indistinguishable from each other while at the same time getting people to understand that doesn't mean that each amp can drive your speaker without distress and that one amp is the better choice.
When Researcher X publishes a finding, and let's say it's novel, that usually sparks additional research that looks to clarify and position it properly. Is it repeatable and can it be replicated elsewhere? Remember Russian polywater? As for a card carrying subjectivist, Mr. Lavigne falls into that camp but where he stands presently, I don't know. Jason Serinus did the power cable thing a while back and was so flummoxed by the results that he looks for every reason to discount the methodology. But then, what do you expect from a person who's an admitted Reiki practioner, believes that whistling heals people, and has remote sessions with other 'gifted' individuals in order to bring some sort of aid to people.
Now, just so's we clear things up, I simply mentioned alien probing. You're the one who ventured into the nether regions beyond the sphincter!