Originally Posted by Justin Frankel
Well, I'm a big believer in placebo effects, and I know when things are slightly louder they often do sound "better"..
When people are comparing mixes, little things like getting the pan laws the same end up mattering a lot--otherwise one mix may end up significantly louder than another...
At the end of the day, having a reliable method of really comparing quality of mixes between different DAWs/machines is a very difficult problem.
I totally agree. So many threads on Gearslutz break down into unsubstantiated bickering about things sounding better, check out any thread regarding cables to see what I mean.
I think IT IS possible to do reasonably accurate tests on audio equipment. They just need to be double blind and REPEATABLE. I think if people took the time to do this I think many would discover that placebo can do more for a mix than most of the highend items we discuss on Gearslutz.