"Audiophile" listening event @ Definitive Audio in Seattle
Reply #48 – 2011-02-11 21:18:57
Single-blind still leaves a lot of room for outside influences to have an effect on the listener(s) - the whole point of ABX is to eliminate those influences so that only the possible differences in the two things being compared remain.
Despite the sarcastic remarks in my original post, I actually was unable to attend due to my work schedule. However, the description of the event on the Stereophile website, and in particular the line "Stereophile editor John Atkinson will be demonstrating the benefits of high-resolution audio and the evils of MP3" left me with the distinct impression that it would not be an evening of fact-finding, but of witch hunting. As such, even if I had been able to attend, I didn't see the point. John, IIRC you've been doing your recording at 24/88.2 for awhile now, and I know that Stereophile has sold CDs through at least one third-party vendor, Acoustic Sounds. How about making your high-res recordings available through HD Tracks? They've got quite an impressive high-res catalog - you'd certainly be in good company. I'd buy at least one Cantus album as 24/88.2 FLACs, both because I do enjoy a capella choral music every now and then, and also to do my own ABX testing vs. 16/44 PCM and MP3 (and perhaps even AAC @ 96 kHz, which can technically support sample rates that high, although I've never tried to see if the QuickTime and/or Nero encoders will actually do so). As an alternative, would you be willing to post <30 sec. FLACs of what you consider to be the most "challenging" or "revealing" passages of the tracks you used? I understand if legal issues prevent you from doing so, but I really would like to be able to try my own ABX of at least some of the material you used, and I suspect others on this forum would, as well.