In response to kawatkins62:
> sound to a real audiophile is keen enough to tell you,
> instantly, whether they are listening to an mp3, wav, aiff, etc
> format, or what type of turntable was playing the record, and
> weather they are listening to tape recorded sound from a
> record, or digitized sound from an analog master, etc. I don't
> think they would agree that it's psychological. I don't think I
> agree either.
You're making sh*t up. There's no such person.
It's been proven over and over again that even "audiophiles" can't distinguish high quality digital recordings from original masters. There comes a point where the human ear simply can't discern the harmonics, and the only way to REALLY tell the difference is to hook the waveform up to a spectrum analyzer.
I don't care how good a guy thinks he is or how "well-tuned" his ears are or how good his speakers are or how expensive his Technics SL-1200 series turntable is. With a high quality digital file, using the exact same speakers, the exact same cables, the exact same music, the odds of you guessing "which is the digital one and which is the analog one" are 50%. In other words, you have no clue.
I won't even touch on what you said about being able to differentiate between an MP3 vs. WAV vs. AIFF, because that was too asinine to even warrant a response.
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