Article about listening tests

I just saw this article mentioned on the AudioKarma web site. I very much applaud the approach of taking an ‘institution’ such as the ABX test, and rather than arguing head-on about whether it works or not (which cannot be done if you don’t think it is valid in the first place), coming in from the side and dismantling it forensically.

Along with many other very perceptive points, the argument is that the ABX test is based on a completely flawed premise: it is not comparing audio systems using human hearing, but human memory.

I can’t vouch for whether the author and I would agree on most audio matters, but I certainly agree with him on the idea that listening tests are non-scientific on many levels.

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