Of greater interest to me are the conditions under which listening tests are conducted. To produce unbiased results, the methodology must preclude the listener from being aware of which transfer or format they are listening to. Otherwise, the notion that 'the newest transfer or format must be the best' may colour the listener's reactions.
Where two or more persons listen simultaneously, they should not discuss their reactions while the test is underway in order to avoid the risk of 'groupthink'. They should WRITE down their conclusions and then exchange their notes at the end of the test.
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