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Re: A/B listening tests
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From: "samba -" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, 6 July, 2007 20:34 PM
Subject: A/B listening tests
> There used to be a lot of musicians saying digital didn't sound as good
> analog ,and a engineers saying no one could tell the difference in A/B
> tests.I read a bit in Mix ,or Recording Engineer mag in the early 90s
> about some Japanese engineers measuring brain wave responses to both
> analog and digital.Turned out after about 20 minutes of analog the brain
> halves went into a mode of Entrainmentwhich the digital never aroused. I
> suspect higher sampling rates would make a difference ,but haven't seen
> any further research on the matter.
I suspect that our brains are always filling in the gaps where stimulus
doesn't otherwise exist. An extreme example is what happens inside a
sensory deprivation tank, hallucinations, visions, so forth. A more
ordinary example is good old black-and-white movies. A more creative
person - someone who enjoys being so especially, I think - might
good vibes while watching an old film that are perhaps more caused by
subconscious fulfillment on this level. Consequently a less creative
might only perceive the film as an old black-and-white film, and could
find themselves overly bored with it altogether, or the absence of color
I suppose 'what one hears' so requires accurate description to be
at all, but what if a digital recording supplies less hole-filled content,
thus depriving the creative brain of its fill-in-the-gaps fun-and-games?
this a good thing?
Given the nature of things like practice, training, repetition, and so on
when it comes to exercise or brain function, perhaps it's not, if the
Since I use a combination of digital and analog I must be relatively
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