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Let me get this out of my system...

"Gordon and everyone else knows that these computers can play FLAC files with no problem."

-- I'm not so sure that's true. Boards like this one tend to have a lot of lurkers who don't post much, but come to these places seeking knowledge of computer audio and wisdom regarding what does and does not make a difference and may or may not be a good investment. Guys like Gordon, being manufacturers and speaking, as they do, from a place of assumed authority, may get taken very seriously by these folks. Why wouldn't they when these people speak with such certainty about what is so uncertain?

"The sound quality is what he is referring to."

-- Yeah. I get that, and if a lossless file doesn't sound the same as FLAC, I wouldn't call that playing it "with no problem." YMMV.

"Again, there may be no perceived difference given individual listener's preferences."

-- I get that, too. Though I'm not so sure everyone in this conversation does. Do you really mean what you said? That "listener's preferences" determine "perceived differences?" Break that down and that says "what you prefer, you will hear." That actually might be close to the truth, though I doubt you meant it that way.

In any case, Gordon and others here talk about this stuff as if it isn't even questionable, as if these differences they "hear" are what is widely accepted, tested and confirmed by the bulk of the evidence, when the opposite is true. It's like that bizzaro world in the old Superman comics where up is down and black is white, and those of us who actually have the evidence on our side bear the burden of proof.

And now it's time for me to be accused of having an agenda, or bad kit, or bad hearing...or for Carcass to simply come along and throw some abusive language at me...never mind...


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