ODS123 Posted December 18, 2018 Share Posted December 18, 2018 A few weeks ago I urged beginners to heavily skew their spending toward speakers by suggesting that audible differences b/w modern amplifiers that are engineered to be linear (which is pretty much ALL solid-state and any good tube amps these days) will sound pretty much alike. As a followup and to support my point, take a look at what this audiophile club in Guadalajara Spain did a few years back. http://matrixhifi.com/ENG_contenedor_ppec.htm They compared two entire front-end systems that shared the same speakers. Rather than use a switch box (and invoke criticisms of how they reduce audible differences), they simply concealed the whole rig and had two people manually switch cables so eople did not know which front-end they were hearing. Of course, great care was taken to ensure that each system played at same SPL (by matching voltage levels at speaker terminals). To summarize: System A: About $260 today Behringer A500 integrated amplifier (presently avail for $199 from Sweatwater electronics) Cheap Sony DVD/ CD Player (equiv. to a $40 player today) Cheap interconnects: Described as “Standard RCA white/red (15 feet) bought in a 7/11 like store” All placed on a shaky wooden chair System B: I’m guessing $8000 or more at the time. Classe CAP-80 Line Stage YBA 2A Amplifier Wadia 6 CD Transport, VRDS 20 bit DAC MIT Terminator 3 proline XLR interconnects Audican Power Cord CD player placed on an expensive spiked Lovan vibration absorbing (allegedly) table, other components placed on what appears to be sand-filled purpose-built audio component stands. Both Systems were played through ATC SCM 12 passive Studio Monitor speakers connected w/ Tempflex speaker Cables The findings? 38 persons participated in this test 14 chose the "A" system as the best sounding one 10 chose the "B" system as the best sounding one 14 were not able to hear differences or didn't choose any as the best. Of course, this is just two systems and just 38 listeners. ..So devoted subjectivist audiophiles will say this doesn’t prove anything. Also, this wasn’t really a double blind test as those who were switching the cables knew which was playing. However, how many of these devote subjectivist audiophiles would have predicted these results?? So, again, if you’re new to this hobby and you’re budget constrained, give serious thought before devoting a big chunk of your budget to a pricey amplifier, cd player and cables. ..Spend the bulk of your money were it matters most: you’re speakers. 6 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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