As an audio enthusiast I like to be well informed. While a firm believer in the 'your own ears are the final arbiter' mantra I nonetheless an also interested in the opinions of others. Indeed I'm a big fan of subjective reviews, having consumer 1000s upon 1000s of them, found myself agreeing with some that intersected with my own experiences, and yes, came away from many such intersections thinking "could that guy be more wrong?". The latter is not necessarily a damnation of the reviewer's talent, many times it's a question of taste, since as to suppose that the 'sound' that I prefer invalidates the preferrences of others is simply hubris, foolishness, etc., etc.
But what does DBT or blind testing in general offer me. Where are the publications with the equipment reviews, the community forums when members contribute there own findings based upon their own DBT or other control tests. Oh I know legitimate controlled blind test are difficult, time consuming, expensive, etc. etc. ... but our fav hobby has been around for decades and decades ... where the beef?
So we're left with isolated tests, many of which appear to have reached rather startling results!; the story of JA way back when (sorry JA!) ditching a supposedly sweet sounding tube amplifier for another model that left him spending less time listening and more wondering why he spent less time listening comes to mind.
So frankly, unless someone can point me to the treasure trove, the mags., the reviews (gotta have reviews), then I afraid it ain't music to my ears ... just noise.