I never thought of unconscious bias. Excellent point! And how do those subconscious and unconscious levels of bias manifest in how we perceive sound?
IOW you don't have concrete objective examples. You have a subjective impression of the sorts of things audiophiles say. We all have those, we all have read such threads. But those very subjective impressions are very susceptible to expectation bias.
QuoteWe all have those, we all have read such threads.Do you really want me to scour the internet finding these reports?
We all have those, we all have read such threads.
Yes, it is a subjective observation. I know people personally who believed they heard similar things in a casual sighted test and I've read plenty of accounts of people thinking they heard the same or similar things. Do you really want me to scour the internet finding these reports? You seem a little confrontational for some reason. I don't think I've given you reason to be. Sorry for misspelling your alias, that I do apologise. Won't happen again.
Quote from: Yahzi on 12 March, 2013, 06:09:21 AMwhy 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?If you mean the broad, vague stuff like a 'wider soundstage' or a 'clearer sound', those who claim these things usually hear the same things even with different equipment. Every celebrated tweak somehow seems to add depth to the soundstage or more clarity. I really wonder how deep the soundstage of some tweak-heavy setups has become.
why is it that those who claim audible differences exist often hear the same things, with the same equipment?
Not stating conclusively either way, but I can perfectly believe that would be due solely to the widely held synaethesia about orange-esque colours being warm and blue or grey colours being cold, which itself is presumably based upon the similarity of the former to fire or something.
I had never heard about such an RCA difference before, but now I have, and now the idea is planted in my head as well.
a corroded (not very much, and fixed by reseating) connector that wasn't plated.
Quote from: Woodinville on 15 June, 2013, 02:19:25 AMa corroded (not very much, and fixed by reseating) connector that wasn't plated.It is actually not uncommon to think that gold is a better conductor. (Which is right as long as compared to rust.)
Where there is no scientific reason for a difference, people can still perceive one for whatever reason.
If the sensitivity of one ear is artificially increased, as may be accomplished by corrective surgery (Betzold 1890, Röser 1965), or by partly plugging the opposite ear (Bauer et al. 1966), subjects first report a systematic shift of all auditory events toward the more sensitive ear. After a period of hours, days. or even weeks this shift can recede, and the subjects react once more in a way normal for persons with symmetrical hearing. Clearly a relearning process is at work, since the time of adjustment can be shortened by appropriate training (Bauer et al. 1966).It is clear from the descriptions of these phenomena that lateralization in connection with interaural sound pressure differences is a time-variant process. Short-term variations can occur in connection with adaptation and fatigue, and long-term variations occur in connection with learning processes.