Originally Posted by badgerdms
After I played around for a while , my wife and her friend wondered what I was doing. Funny how they came away with the exact same impressions that I did and I hadn't said anything about what I thought. Short story the Ayre had richer tone and deeper bass, the Linn had better pace and timing.
Sounds like science to me.
Badger, we all have biases and have experiences that tell us something is so ... when maybe it is not. The science of audiology is pretty straight-forward about bias and the strict adherance to "bias controlled" testing. While anecdotes such as yours abound in this hobby (and that is what was referred to earlier in the cable towers comment), that does not necessarily make them true.
The only way to determine a measurable, provable difference is through a rigorous double blind
test while controlling for biases. The instant you show someone a cd player and tell him/her it costs $10,000, it will sound better to them than one he/she is told costs $50, no matter the actual cost or quality of the units. Same with wines, autos, speakers, everything. It's a built-in bias we have that tells us (in this example at least) that the more something costs, the better it HAS to be. These kinds of studies have been done and redone. You can even make or hear the most subtle of comments or suggestions about a tested item, and the results/opinions will be skewed toward that intended bias.
You may have heard differences in your setups, but in no way was that a valid test. That makes your conclusion an opinion, not a result of fact. Alas, it's okay to hold opinions...just recognize them as such and not necessarily as the truth