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Below is an excerpt from another forum that I came across. It seemed particularly relevant (or funny at least) to the various discussions that are going on here... I wasn't sure if it would be appropriate to post a link so I just cut and pasted it. I do not make any claims to having been witty or smart enough to come up with this on my own...



We could apply this checklist to many threads and cut down on overall system posts!!




You claim that an


( ) audible

( ) measurable

( ) hypothetical


improvement in sound quality can be attained by:


( ) upsampling

( ) non-oversampling

( ) increasing word size

( ) vibration dampening

( ) bi-wiring

( ) replacing the external power supply

( ) using a different lossless format

( ) decompressing on the server

( ) removing bits of metal from skull

( ) using ethernet instead of wireless

( ) inverting phase

( ) reversing polarity of resistors

( ) ultra fast recovery rectifiers

( ) installing bigger connectors

( ) installing Black Gate caps

( ) installing ByBee filters

( ) installing hospital-grade AC jacks

( ) defragmenting the hard disk

( ) running older firmware

( ) using exotic materials in cabinet

( ) bronze heatsinks

( ) violin lacquer

( ) $500 power cords


Your idea will not work. Specifically, it fails to account for:


( ) the placebo effect

( ) your ears honestly aren't that good

( ) your idea has already been thoroughly disproved

( ) modern DACs upsample anyway

( ) those products are pure snake oil

( ) lossless formats, by definition, are lossless

( ) those measurements are bogus

( ) sound travels much slower than you think

( ) electric signals travel much faster than you think

( ) that's not how binary arithmetic works

( ) that's not how TCP/IP works

( ) the Nyquist theorem

( ) the can't polish a turd theorem

( ) bits are bits


You will try to defend you idea by:


( ) claiming that your ears are trained

( ) claiming immunity to psychological/physiological factors that affect everyone


else


( ) name-calling

( ) criticizing spelling/grammar


Your subsequent arguments will probably appeal in desperation to such esoterica as:


( ) jitter

( ) EMI

( ) thermal noise

( ) quantum mechanical effects

( ) resonance

( ) existentialism

( ) nihilism

( ) communism

( ) cosmic rays


And you will then change the subject to:


( ) theories are not the same as facts

( ) measurements don't tell everything

( ) not everyone is subject to the placebo effect

( ) blind testing is dumb

( ) you can't prove what I can't hear

( ) science isn't everything


Rather than engage in this tired discussion, I suggest exploring the following factors which are more likely to improve sound quality in your situation:


( ) room acoustics

( ) source material

( ) type of speakers

( ) speaker placement

( ) crossover points

( ) equalization

( ) Q-tips

( ) psychoanalysis

( ) trepanation
 

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I like it!
 

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LOL, this looks like a template for every other thread here



Someone asks a question, someone answers it, and 5 minutes later there are 6 pages of "you're an idiot!" and "you don't understand" mixed in with equal parts snake oil and ancient mystic energy fields



Think I might just link to this thread the next time the "argument clinic" opens up......with your kind permission of course
 

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Originally Posted by DaBuzzard /forum/post/0

LOL, this looks like a template for every other thread here



Someone asks a question, someone answers it, and 5 minutes later there are 6 pages of "you're an idiot!" and "you don't understand" mixed in with equal parts snake oil and ancient mystic energy fields



Think I might just link to this thread the next time the "argument clinic" opens up......with your kind permission of course

Permission granted... although, like I said, I'm not the original author... but I don't think he would mind either.
 

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About time someone put somthing like this together.

I can clean up alot of those bogus threads.
 
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