Originally Posted by SouthernCA
Try not to make things more complicated that they have to be. Otherwise this will never be done. The original experiment suggested would be sufficient.
Exactly - thanks for pointing this out.
Now we are getting requests for specific "audiophile" electronics (despite double blind scientific studies showing extremely little to no audible differences in sound between well performing amps or electronics), requests to involve other dealers (any idea of the logistics involved here?), and other suggestions that would mean I would spend literally a month of dedicated time just setting up the event - and would most likely void the whole point of scientifically controlling for variables.
I think those that were here for the initial shootout saw exactly how difficult it was just to control for two mono speakers. Not only that, but there are the logistics involved in entertaining 22 people in my home for two days, supplying food and drink, tweaking the electronics for level matching, preparing recordings, promoting the event, getting Dr. Toole's input, building the test screen and slide mechanism, creating and printing out playlists and scoring sheets, etc. And then of course I was paying my employees to help set everything up and be there to help move speakers for two days. Now add to that the time and effort to involve other dealers that most likely have agendas and want to specify the particulars of the test? Again, stuff like what cables to use, what amps to use, etc - which puts us right back in the place that invalidates most other supposed "blind" listening tests.
I've run into this before, where someone will claim a test invalid because "these speakers only sound good if you use freeze-dried Quatloo brand speaker cables and Aludium K9 power cables and conditioners, and since you didn't use these, of COURSE the Revels won." Everything becomes up for debate and argument and nothing gets done. The point of this thread and the test was to demonstrate how to take all of those kinds of variables out of the equation. Controlling for variables is critical when doing true scientific testing.
All of that said, I am still wide open to the "bring your own speakers" idea, but it needs to be controlled in the manner that's been described by myself, Dr. Toole and others during this thread - same electronics, same positioning, double blind protocols. No problem accommodating stereo requests when "do-able," but that could also mean having to build a whole new transport system (it's also critical that speakers be moved in less than 5 seconds, since our audio memories are so short).