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In Reply to: RE: A long time ago, I thought things like this were important posted by Chip647 on July 08, 2017 at 07:40:17
So if it takes months to adjust to the sound of an amplifier the differences can not be that great and it really doesn't matter much which amp you listen to. Is that what you are saying?
If you have ever heard a system that drew you in and made you want to keep listening, keep playing different records, happy and enthralled at the experience, that is a good system. Many systems can sound good, but after a while sounding slightly harsh or strident, a note that stands out, etc. They can be serviceable systems, somewhat exciting, but left off more that they should.
The key is that you are building a system. The amp/speaker/room combination is one where you can take a great amp in one speaker/room combination and have it sound not as good (or even bad) with another combination. You really are not going to know unless you listen to it for a while.
The though of relying on a fast cycle A/B test to tell me what sound I liked better would mean that I lack the capacity to think for myself and enjoy music. It forces choice in an unnatural way.
Sorry but I can't agree with that at all. The fact that I am doing this testing proves that I would rather think for myself and get my own results. If a system is really good it won't take very long to hear it. In no way is relying on what your ears are telling "unnatural". A half an hour or so switching between amps every few minutes with different sources of music would be enough to hear any differences if they exist. The point I am trying to make is saying something like "if the music really pulls you in" is just too generic for a valid comparison of amps.
Let us know when you find the right answer.
Don't know if there is a "right" answer, but there should be at least one answer.
I don't think there's a right answer. The one answer would be that everyone's sense of hearing is different. I think some can process these slight differences and some can't.
Your approach is scientific but you probably need to invite 20 of your audio buddies over and do a blind test for better results.
You are probably right. There are only two possible answers to "does it sound different or doesn't it? "I don't know" to me would mean you can't hear a difference. Now where can I find 20 audio nuts around here?
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