When I first heard that some people claimed they could identify the sound of different brands of good quality violins I was skeptical. I didn't discount it as being totally impossible, however I thought it was unlikely.
[musician and engineer] and others in the forum were confident differences existed but I needed proof. There were some studies out there but the results were mixed/inconclusive from my perspective. Just because you can measure
a difference doesn't prove you can hear
a difference in a blind test.
Then one day I found a site based on a radio broadcast which posted actual examples! Woo-hoo! "Now I can apply the Foobar ABX double blind test to the files once I download, precisely synchronize, and level match them.", I exclaimed.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Foobar ABX test I've made a tutorial which explains how to download, install, and use it, here:
So it turns out I can
actually hear a difference.
Can you? Take the test and post your score sheet to prove it.
Download and install Foobar here: https://www.foobar2000.org/download
Once installed and open, then download the ABX Comparator component here: https://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_abx
Here are the two FLAC files to download and insert into Foobar for the ABX double blind test. If Dropbox asks if you want to start an account don't think it is necessary in order to download the files. Just click "No thanks, continue to download" at the bottom/side to proceed to the direct download option. In the download box click "Save file".
Violin A Modern: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3w6tz5aoje...aded.flac?dl=0
Violin B Stradivarius: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hplu3jtix3...aded.flac?dl=0
I dedicate this thread to Scott so he can show the younger generation who visit his listening room how incredibly resolving his setup is.
UPDATE: Psst: I give a tip on what to listen for in post 31.