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A little diversion ....

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Big K, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    YouTube - The McGurk Effect - Horizon Is Seeing Believing?

    My,my...brain what are you doing?...

  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Very interesting!

    I've heard this is similar to cable comparisons.
  3. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    I do not know, what you mean...

  4. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Now you're gettin' it!
  5. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Nah, ... he is missing it ...
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Its the power of suggestion. Visual.
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Staff


    I know a pretty woman does it to me everytime!

    I was recently told by a very reputable mic manufacturer.... that a client of his who is also a very reputable engineer was testing out a piece of gear over a weekend. He did all sorts of comparisons with this new piece of gear. Being new and looking all juicy, he over looked he had the bypass on the whole time. He and others that sat in the listening room all swore they thought this new piece of gear sounded better.

    It is interesting.

    regarding my personal experience in reference to my comment above with cable:
    I used headphones and blindly picked out Accusound over the Mogami as sounding more open and just better. The difference was there.

    However, a big percentage of our members do not agree and may be suggesting that it is a McGurk effect too.
    And the same goes for hybrid vs ITB.

    Just thought I would toss this into the mix here and give thought to who we believe the next time we trust a review. I don't know about you but I have G.A.S. and found this thread pretty damn convincing.
  8. boxcar

    boxcar Active Member

    It is interesting, when he's saying fah, if i close my eyes i hear bah.
    I knew insanity would catch up to me sooner or later.lol
  9. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    In a way, it reminds me of a peculiar thing that happened to me years ago. It is mildly related in a way I cannot exactly express in words.

    I used to work in a service type business where we had to attend residential houses, often on multiple visits over days or weeks. being a sociable type, I would develop a good rapport with customers. At that time, I also had an excellent memory for the houses I had worked at, and every once in a while, I would get stopped in a mall or parking lot by past customers with the phrase “I know you!” at which point I was able to scan my memory and recall the very street they lived on, and I would playfully reply by saying Bayview, Wilmington, or whatever, thus naming the street I happened to recall their house was on. I had an uncanny track record of being right.

    On another front, one day, when volunteering at the seniors home, I stopped to chat with a resident named Harry. Harry had a visitor that day, his daughter. I chatted with the two of them for five or ten minutes, and then left.

    About six months later, I was picking up a pizza at a local restaurant that also does take out. The place was jam packed, and there was a line-up four deep and right out the front door. After paying, and just as I was struggling past everyone to leave, I heard a loud voice from line say “I know you!”

    I turned to look, and indeed her face was somewhat familiar. I strained my memory, and after a moment, I felt confident I knew the street.

    “Harrison?” I asked.

    “No” she replied, “Harry’s daughter”
  10. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    It would have been even more interesting if they had also performed the converse illusion for further comparison, i.e., having him say fa fa fa instead while mouthing ba ba ba. My wild guess is that the illusion may not be as strong this way, and if not, why not? I tried finding more footage on the McGurk effect, but the other videos I found were not as well done or as convincing as that one is. It was surprising to be so incapable of defeating the visual cues of what we are hearing.

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