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Take the blind challenge! 300B SET vs. Straight Wire with Gain

Choose ALL of the statements that apply.

  • I prefer #1 (over 3)

    Votes: 20 45.5%
  • I prefer #2 (over 5)

    Votes: 7 15.9%
  • I prefer #3 (over 1)

    Votes: 9 20.5%
  • I prefer #4 (over 6)

    Votes: 22 50.0%
  • I prefer #5 (over 2)

    Votes: 18 40.9%
  • I prefer #6 (over 4)

    Votes: 13 29.5%
  • I hear no difference between 1 and 3

    Votes: 14 31.8%
  • I hear no difference between 2 and 5

    Votes: 18 40.9%
  • I hear no difference between 4 and 6

    Votes: 9 20.5%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
While I'm a big believer in keeping our systems as transparent as possible so we can get close as possible to what the artists/recording engineers had in mind, I must say that if I were forced to just listen to the two versions straight through with no repeats, I'd be very hard pressed to pick one from the other. Personally, I selected the amplified wire for all three, but that was only because I could focus in on snippets I could repeat that allowed discrimination.
My conclusion is that electronics are very good and I'm focusing a lot more on speakers. There I can immediately tell differences and both my wife and I have strong preferences (thankfully the same).
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