A Quick Thought about the experiments which have been done with Lossless and HD Music

As a result of my frustrations with figuring out how to make a lossless/ HD Audio setup work, I began to wonder:

Is all this extra expense and trouble worth it?

I have been researching the data on lossless and HD audio blind tests and the evidence is pretty clear that no it is not.  (I found this article pretty compelling.)  However, I did notice one common thread amongst the experiments.  They all do their blind tests using headphones.

I can see why.  Generally headphones provide a top-rate listening environment.  However, advocates of HD Audio argue that the music “feels” better.  Speakers move air to create sound.  I wonder if the “feel” that many audio enthusiasts appreciate from HD Audio comes from the movement of air in the room?  I can’t seem to find where anyone has done a blind comparison using top-notch speakers in a good listening environment instead of headphones.  When I do my “blind” tests using my home theater speakers my friends can spot the better audio file 75% of the time.  (I use a quality MP3 and an HD Audio 24-bit FLAC file to compare.)

If anyone finds a fairly credible study using speakers instead of headphones, please be sure to let me know using the comments section.

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