Reply 100 of 105, by Shreddoc
Depends who you're asking. A random man off the street? A musician or audio producer? Your average Vogoner who posts in the Audio subforum? Personally I've been all 3 at different times, and all three would have a different perspective on all those questions.
I feel that I'm being somewhat led towards the sentiment that it's of limited value to compare recordings of very similar devices, because the differences are so minute that it doesn't really matter in practical terms anyway. An understandable sentiment and certainly true to a degree. I said as much about the Gravis Ultrasound in another thread this very day.
And in a way, that's actually why I asked for a comparison recording. Not because I doubt that this card is excellent, in the slightest. But because I believe it's scientifically important to quantify exactly how it's good - and yes, in niche quarters like these, it will be in fine detail!
Subjective claims such as "omg this is the greatest ISA soundcard ever!" need to be balanced in context with real world A/B comparisons, because if a random man off the street listens to clips A and B and concludes, "hmm these sound pretty much the same!" (or alternatively, "notably different, in ways X, Y and Z"), then they will know without any doubt where they stand on the matter. Without any need to rely upon, or be influenced by, Subjective Claim this or Subjective Claim that.