Originally Posted by noah katz
Were these blind tests?
If not, your assertions are totally meaningless.
I'm almost afraid to answer - don't know why but
seems increasingly "excitable" with each post (please calm down, really)
. Anyway, I did not risk blowing my $20k SSP by re-configuring the sound cards for nothing. Allow me to expand. The key to hearing differences, **to me**, is instantaneous switch
. In the Theta you could and thus comparing DACS/sound cards with just a push on remote. Of the 3 kinds of shoot-outs that I have done over the last several years (amps, preamps, cartridges, vacuum tubes (numerous times), etc.):
. Long term ownership - then first moment of switch. For example, I owned Krell for 10 years, first switch to Classe amp was the easiest time to tell difference.
. Blind test with time in between. The way audioguy is doing it (you cannot switch two SSP's without a time lapse) - "totally meaningless." Kidding.
. Blind test with instantaneous switch. Best.
Number 3, the instantaneous switch, allows one to hear much easier, first, if there is a difference. And second, repeating multiple times to key in on that difference. Frequently **for me**, the sound of LF/drums, and human voice. Number 2 is worst because audio memory is fleeting. The time in between switches makes it difficult to notice a difference and to learn how to key into it. When materials are complex and loud, you're more likely to get null result (NB audioguy), and you would be wrong. All IMHO. Don't ask about MATERIALS AND METHODS
Unless one is extremely naive
(not you) or was born yesterday, the premise of better engineering, better components
resulting in better sound
is not new. Table radio ---> AV Receiver ---> Separates. If someone buys separates, why? The belief of better components, better dacs, etc., leading to better sound. Basic principle so I don't know why guys get so excited that DACS could sound different. There have been 200,000 posts on this topic of blind testing, wait 500,000, so last post on topic. Let's not digress this thread further.