If it you THINK it sounds better, then it DOES sound better. Science versus perception.
Imagine you’re having lunch with a friend and each of you order the same meal. You think it tastes fantastic. They think it tastes awful. Who’s right?
Your friend provides a scientific analysis explaining why the meal is awful. Do you now think it’s awful?
A college in Tennessee compiled results of a test where they provided listeners with 3 songs. Each song they’ll hear twice (A & B) and have to decide which of the two they like best. They aren’t told what is different about the songs. Each listener is played a rock song summed analog to tape and the same song summed digitally to disk. They’re played a classical piece and a pop-country song, also summed analog to tape and summed digitally to disc.
The results of the test indicated that a larger percentage of listeners picked digital summing to disc for classical material. A larger percentage of listeners picked analog to tape for rock music. When it came to the pop-country, it was split down the middle.
In a world of iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, Sonox, Pono, Vinyl, Tape, WAV, AIFF, DSD, FLAC, Mp3, CD, etc… the song still reigns supreme. There’s so many people arguing about audio quality out there and I don’t really want to get involved. All parties involved are biased and stand firm. I have my personal preference for how I create and listen to music and in casual conversation I gladly discuss it. I just don’t let any of that stand in the way of the actual song.
If I played a song you loved on ear buds from my phone you’d still love that song. Go ahead and try and learn about new ways to enjoy your music with higher res files, superior playback devices, and in better rooms for listening but don’t let it get in the way of your discovering and enjoying new music.
If you THINK it sounds better, then it DOES sound better.