I am a perfectionist on a budget. I am constantly researching ways to tweak and improve my budget sound system to the max, at least on paper, and in my many searches I came across one very interesting article. I must confess I felt disarmed. I sent the article to a couple of audiophile friends of mine and the only answer I got back so far was: "bahhhhh..." This really makes me consider the placebo effect, which I always took into account, to a whole new level. Obviously, if we were the ones listening to this blind test we would like to believe that we would easily identify the "best" system, like I'm sure all 34 test subjects believed beforehand, but the reality shown mathematically by the test results is a lot cruder and harsher. Will this throw me off improving what I've got? - Not really, as I have fun doing it and learn a lot of new things in the process, but one thing is for sure, if I already believed that most (if not all) of the high end audio products are snake oil, now I am left without doubts. Sure you can show me all your graphs and measurements proving the astonishing difference between X and Y, but unless you're that 1 in 1000 with the "golden ear" (which you probably think you are, but you're not...), you will probably not be able to tell the difference between them on a blind listening test. Here's the article: Matrix HiFi --> Blind testing high end full equipments P.S. I don't mean to offend anyone or diminish in any way they're audiophile listening capabilities, let it be clear.