So what should you do then? I’m shouting the same old mantra I have been talking about all the time - music your way. Believe in yourself, and take your own sweet time when evaluating sound quality.
Allow your mind to adjust to every environment, be constantly self aware. For example, know when you’re tired and when you’re not.
This is important because any physiological change will influence your audio perception. In other words how your brain gates information is determined by many factors. Some examples include physiology, mood, time of day, emotion, experience, memory, before exercise, after exercise, etc.
This is why music music affects you differently under different conditions. This is key, and as an audiophile this is a skill you should adopt and develop. To use this viral clip as an example, do not force yourself into a camp - do not try to hear the word laurel or Yanny. Simply let the word come to you, and enjoy that moment. Focus on yourself, and not what people say.
You can listen to a piece of music over the course of several years and continue to gleam new and sometimes very different perspectives out of it.
This is yet another nail in the coffin for the blind testing myth. How can you take another person’s blind testing results when you know that what he is hearing is:
- Not always consistent in the short term
- Not consistent in the long term
- Not transferable to anybody but him/herself