- Jan 11, 2013
- Leamington Spa, UK
This is the reason why drug testing is done using double blind testing. Confirmation bias, placebo etc are all to easy traps to fall into.Yup. Troll or True Believer, we'll never know. I have a master's in electrical engineering and spent most of my college days working in broadcast and recording control rooms, but I have learned that settled science, objective measurements, and blind tests are inadmissible in discussions with a lunatic fringe audiophile. And that's all I have.
I once interviewed to be president of a small boutique maker of magic audio boxes. They had space in a building that for some reason had a very old room-size cooler, heavily insulated and with a very heavy door. This was their listening room, to which they proudly ushered me for A-B comparison listening to their magic box. What I learned was that all the audiophile ears that had listened in this wonderful room were unable to detect that the difference between A and B was that the stereo channels were reversed! It wasn't a job that I could ever have taken. What they needed was a huckster, not an engineer.
The photographic equivalent is to take a shot and print it (or display it full-screen on a monitor or projector) and then ask someone to judge it without any knowledge of the kit used to take it. This happens all the time in photographic clubs and from my experience the kit used to take a shot matters not one iota. Peering at shots at 100% res with the knowledge that your latest 42Mp FF beast has taken it will only result in confirmation bias.