1. Baiting for me to list my gear, only going to result in shitting on me for not spending enough money, further proving my point. I have the world's most neutral full size headphone currently in production, powered just fine.
Just fine? Coming from the person who is obsessed with specifics and measurements? How ironic.
If listing your gear will further prove your point, then why would you not do it? I have no plans to shit on you “for not spending enough money”. If you're pleased with your rig, I'm happy for you. I'm just curious if you'd likely be able to hear a difference if you compared cables, balanced connections, different DAC/amps, etc.
And from earlier, could please tell me what you mean by "doesn't do anything"?
2. That's fine, but when you have people like aornic and currawong making youtube videos slobbering over supposed increases in sound quality without measurements, that is where the problem lies.
I would say it's wise to be cautious of reviews that do not state measurements. But measurements do not tell the full story... only attributes like frequency response, THD, and impulse response. Those that review headphone/speaker/DAC/amps describe what they hear with certain music, as well as make comparisons to other similar products. Taking into consideration reviewers' impressions of a headphone is an important step to most people, and their personal opinions can be valuable to those who don't have the time (or means) to audition a product before choosing whether or not to buy it.
Other headphone properties include sound-stage width/height/depth, imaging, detail, speed, tonal accuracy, and the portrayal of space... attributes that computers or testing equipment simply cannot describe.
3. Yes, 50+ foot runs require better shielding due to the degradation of the signal and interference, something that happens in the pro audio field. Noone has a 50 foot room with source gear at one end and speakers in the other. Useless for home use.
For longer runs of speaker wires, the gauge rating is far more important to take into consideration than shielding.
Some may have longer speaker wire runs, so your advice is useless.
4. When there are measurements that literally prove it, yes I can. Again, please post a double blind volume matched A/B/X test of you telling a balanced from a singled ended connection. (protip you won't because you can't hear that).
Incorrect. I can hear the difference. No need to trying to “prove it” to you since you won't believe me.
Also, just because your gear, hearing, and/or listening discernment is lacking, telling others what they can/cannot hear is beyond ignorant, foolish, and condescending.
5. More bait to justify calling people poorfags indirectly, good hifi gear isn't expensive. NFB11 is the only amp/dac you need at $300 and is at the upper limit of dac/amps that affect sound; tube amps are a whole other subject.
When did I ever say that you have to spend lots to enjoy "good hi-fi"? But as a general rule with all products, greater performance and/or higher production costs usually mean that a higher product cost is justified.
Considering their modest price, the NFB11 may be the overall best-value solid-state DAC/amp. But don't kid yourself; it is not “at the upper limit of dac/amps that affect sound”.
6. I won't call people out on being so far left when they stop being professionally offended when someone doesn't agree.
I'm not offended by you (or the "far left"). I'm just telling you that you are simply wrong to deny the benefits of balanced audio and low-gauge speaker wire.
And when I stated earlier that “your statements are contradictory to science”, I misspoke. I don't care what science/measurements say - only what the product sounds like to me, with my gear... and how it makes me feel.
7. Making baseless, non factual, non scientific, non test backed claims; yes you are an idiot if you make these. Measurements exist for a reason, as an objective set of data to prove what something sounds like/does to sound.
Also, I can just about guarantee your supposed god ears couldn't touch a well experienced audio engineers. Keep telling yourself you've got gods own ears; it won't get you anywhere without testing.
Most measurements that describe headphone/speaker sound properties are not “objective” since universal standards do not exist. They are only a indication on a case-by-by-case basis, considering the (often questionable or inconsistent) standards of the tester/reviewer/company.
I've heard numerous, mass-produced, music releases from "well experienced audio engineers" that are significantly flawed (unnatural frequency presentation, significantly reduced dynamics, poor editing, etc.). So that statement means absolutely nothing to me... as does “just about” everything else you've typed here.
Correct me if I'm wrong:
You own gear you're happy with. And because you cannot hear the improvements/differences of (balanced) cables, speaker wires, and better (and sometimes more expensive) gear, you believe others are wasting their money but get little (or absolutely no) improvement in sound.
If so, you could have just said as much without coming across as contradictory, bitter, and insulting.