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In Reply to: not true... posted by hifi heretic on March 12, 2005 at 09:45:48:
Yeah, I mistook the CDP-555ES for the SCD-555ES. But my point remains. If you really believe what you routinely say, try changing your gear for a cheap receiver, DVD player, and generic cable and see if you come to the same conclusions.
I have on many many occassions done precisely that. Over the years I have owned many mid-fi brands including Onkyo, NAD, Yamaha, Denon, Sony etc.. and I have on numerous occassions swapped pieces in/out of my system to see what I can detect.
Most recently, when my B&K amp blew-up I brought my NAD 7250PE receiver to my main system to drive my Vandersteens. ..No discernable difference. After buying the Bryston Amp I swapped it in/out w/the NAD - again, no difference. And so on and so on. I have an NAD 540 CD player in use in my office - it works beautifully, but sounds no better than my Sony changers.
As for speakers, I have had Polk Audio, Spica TC-50's, PSB Stratus Minis, and finally the Vandersteens. At no point did I ever struggle to hear differences b/w these speakers.
You have great hearing and knows what to listen for, but still fail to hear differences between amps and break in.
You´r funny boy!
I'll go one farther still. You'd have to be foolish to think even two identical amplifiers from the same manufacturer with successive serial numbers would sound exactly the same given the wide use of 10 % tolerance parts, etc. As a guitarist, it's tabu to purchase a guitar without playing the exact instrument your purchasing because every single Martin D-35 for example sounds a little different than every other Martin D-35. Same holds true with audio. Smaller differences in electronics than speakers, but differences non the less. Just because you can't hear them doesn't mean they don't exist.
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