I was going through some old notes, and I came across Ethan Winer’s presentation on audio myths, and subjective bias. There is an edited video of an AES presentation he made with colleagues from October 2009.
Although his style is a little sanctimonious, if you can get over that and reflect on what he and his team is presenting it’s rather interesting.
There are three key takeaways for me… expectation bias, the effect of untreated room early reflections and their unstable nature with respect to listener position on our perceived audibility (comb filtering), and irrelevant/inaudible specifications in certain parts of the consumer audio business.
I think this has been linked before on the forum as it’s not really new, but I put the link in again
Several audio engineering concepts presented in a very accessible manner.
Hint… many audiophiles love the sound of FM in the UK, but is that because they don’t realise it’s 13 bit PCM audio with a 32kHz sample rate… they simply trust their ears but is it helped by in their mind believing it’s an ‘analogue’ source rather than the digital source with the modest specs it actually is.
The phrase you see a lot in this forum is ‘trust your ears’ when evaluating, well the bottom line is that you CAN’T trust your ears unless you are unaware of what you are listening to!