A comparison was performed at the Pacific Northwest Audio Society meeting. Among those who could hear the difference (around 2/3), I would say about 2/3 preferred the stock unit in the club's system.
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Peter_s, Could you elaborate a little more? A stock Oppo was compared to which modder's version?
33% of how many people did not hear a difference?
2/3 of 2/3 is about 44%, so almost half preferred the stock version and 23% preferred the modded version.
Was the listening done blind or did people know which version of the Oppo was playing? Did the group discuss the sound as music was played or did people vote before discussing the different versions?
Any additional information would be appreciated.
Good questions, Tomcy6. I'd also want to know how long people listened, whether they took breaks, whether the units were warmed up equally, etc. FWIW, I don't compare components over what I'm assuming was a relatively short period of time, however. I listen for days (or longer) before switching to an alternative for days (or longer). I have found making judgments based on relatively short listening sessions can be confusing, and prone to erroneous conclusions.
In any case, I'm still interested in the comparisions of the two different modifications stated in my original post. I've gotten feedback from "seasoned" audiophiles I trust about the modded 95s (although no one so far had done a specific comparison of Exemplar and Modwright). Everyone has been very happy (and some raved) about how much better the modded units sounded. I also have owned two modded Denons in the past. Those experiences made it obvious to me that mods can improve these less expensive units dramatically.
Sorry. Misread the thread. This was stock against Exemplar. In doing the statistics, I had just assumed that the 33% that couldn't hear the difference just didn't have good hearing, but that is not fair. No difference could be as valid a conclusion as liking one or the other. So 44% stock, 22% Exemplar, 33% no difference.