why is it that those who claim audible differences exist often hear the same things, with the same equipment?
What do you mean by that? Do you have examples?
What I mean is that, for example, certain amplifiers may be assumed to have a bright sound which is shared by other people, even in the same evaluation.
Is it just suggestibility? I would like to understand this in more depth.
And are they totally independent evaluations, or is there a chance the evaluations are affecting each other?
I'm trying to better understand why people believe what they do, under these circumstances. I assume there is a logical explanation for this.
If you are serious in your question the first step would be to remove any possibility of unconscious expectation bias on your part and collect a random selection of the available data from said forums and clearly determine if people independently came to similar conclusions regarding sound or if either they did not come independently OR if your impression of the data does not match reality.
The anecdotal reports are shared by people, but the same things are often shared. I've seen these things all the time on internet forums, don't ask me to cite a specific example, but if you have been browsing and reading enough of these audiophile discussions you'll find them.
And how do those subconscious and unconscious levels of bias manifest in how we perceive sound?
If amplifiers/DAC/CDPs all sound the same assuming certain conditions are met, why is it that those who claim audible differences exist often hear the same things, with the same equipment?
If amplifiers/DAC/CDPs all sound the same assuming certain conditions are met, why is it that those who claim audible differences exist often hear the same things, with the same equipment? Even in the same listening test. Or abroad. What part of the perceptual codec can account for that behaviour?
In a listening test with 5 guys, the majority agree on sound quality differences which are not supported by the science, I assume it's 99.99% due to perceptual codec malfunctions, or something.
Can you explain what the McGurk effect is? Does it not have something to do with sight affecting sound?
But how does the McGurk effect influence things in a sighted evaluation?
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