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Re: The Inquisition Continues

>Your point here is self-defeating, "audible differences that are
>small in absolute terms" will not be any easier to detect in a
>sighted test, the results will just a lot less reliable as a result
>of uncontrolled listener bias.

It depends on the nature of the difference, the conditions of the
blind test, and the conditions of the sighted test. When real
differences exist, an endless series of inadequate blind tests that
produce null results, a la Tom Nousaine, is meaningless.

This was the point of the parable I related at the HE2005 debate,
reprinted at www.stereophile.com/asweseeit/705awsi.
The differences between the amplifiers under test had not been
detected by the formal blind test but had been under normal, sighted,
longer-term listening.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

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