Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:54 PM
Yeah, if Peter says this, you guys are making a lot of out nothing.
If you want a real explanation of what is going on, (at least to some extent) think hypochondria. Take a term that you give a bad connotation (in this case "Loudness War") and associate it with a vague "illness" (in this case "ear strain"). Convince them it's horrible problem that can infect anyone (in this case "Accelerate") and they'll start thinking they suffer from ear-strain too, and it's because of the Loudness War. Classic case of hypochondria, and why they run double-blind tests in controlled experiments. Add to that a "control" group that was not randomly sampled (vinyl-purchasers who tend to be vinyl-lovers who already prefer vinyl to CDs), and subjected to "suggestion" (i.e., 'Compression = Bad!!'). Then add to that a person doing a horribly unreliable (and biased) analysis of the population (everyone gets ear strain and hates the mastering!...allegedly) and you have the worst experiment and analysis ever conducted in the history of the universe. (Don't forget that people want to be considered "good listeners" and will thus believe that they like the old-school vinyl better, if prompted in a non-blind study).
There are, of course, other explanations for ear-strain. I've noted one earlier. There are, of course, other reasons for increasing the perceived loudness in mastering (i.e., the actual term for the "loudness war"). There are, of course, reasons to like the mastering on the CD better than the vinyl. Forget that people who point out these things are left out of the sample (another classic trait of a bad study). Enough said.