Most will blindly follow unfortunately.toader wrote:andyjh wrote: Just do the tests yourself and judge based on what YOU hear. Trust your own judgement. Take the time to experiment and actually test the difference. That is how you grow as an audio engineer - and not by blindly following the opinions of others.
IMO this is the problem. Everyone thinks they are not biased. We have all read about the different theories that can bias an audio test. The only scientific way is to have a neutral 3rd party do the tests in a controlled audio environment, eliminating all kinds of subtle variables, where there is little chance of any bias. And I would guess 95% have never done this. So yes, it goes back to trusting your ears...but anyone who proclaims they did some "unbiased" tests...I'm not buying it unless the tests were administered by experienced 3rd party.
As for the 3rd party, this is one time you don't want to visit that $5 per song ME you found on Craigslist.