ABX Just Destroyed My Ego 2006-06-13 20:38:18 Recently I purchased some intensely expensive (to me) Grado cans. I've archived all my discs via EAC directly to FLAC, and have been shopping around for a portable format that suites my (supposedly) superior ears.I received an iPod for Christmas, and had recently bought an iAudio X5 for myself so I could take Vorbis on the road with me.So my tests were supposed to help me decide between using Lame 3.97b2 as my format for both platforms, or iTunes AAC for the iPod, or alternatively ditching the pod for the X5 and using AoTuv Vorbis.I've been majorly torn between platforms and lossy formats.So today I set up an ABX test using my Grado headphones and my laptop.I was going to transcode my FLAC source file to each of the above formats at various bitrates and let the best (to my ears) win.But my test stopped short when I COULD NOT EVEN ABX BETWEEN THE FLAC FILE AND AOTUV VORBIS AT 64kbps!!!! You have no idea what that did to me. I am so embarrassed to post it here, but on the other hand, I think I should because there are possibly many folks out there who, like me, ASSUME that they have golden ears, when really the truth is less than flattering.Of course, AoTuv is fabulous. I already knew I loved it, but it still hurts when you're the type that assumes you need the latest LAME at high variable bitrates and then tell yourself that you still prefer the FLAC files. I'm the guy who wouldn't touch a 128kbps AAC file. Wake up call for me I guess.