This is more something for recproaudio or gearslutz circa 2003…
It was mentioned decades ago that the human ear cannot hear the difference between converters and analog, that science proves this. A counter argument to this mentioned that humans can somehow perceive the difference between a twig break and a leaf snap. Both very high frequency events with similar envelopes and harmonics, yet very different implications for size of animal to a human in the wild. No further discussion was made, as it is was too difficult a puzzle to explain, or possibly too wild.
Well- Tonite my son had his back to me, and I heard a distinctive sound. It was the sound of someone eating corn nuts! I immediately recognized and yelled that he is eating cornuts! he denied it, but I learned quickly that in fact this 10 year old kid was somehow holding a pack of corn nuts. I thought those were discontinued.
This may seem unremarkable, however.. consider this: I have not been in proximity to corn nuts since 1994. I was in high school, it was a thing some kids ate in 1992, by 1993 most everyone had given up on them. I hated them. Nobody I knew liked them. In other words, it’s a sound haven’t heard in close to 30 years.
There was no hesitation in my recognizing them. It was milliseconds. It turns out that my instinct was spot on… A distant relative had brought a bundle to our party.
How can I explain my experience? I’d assume it’s transient response vs decay, possibly that there are low fundamentals in the initial crunch? Possibly rhythmic patterns.
Well there you go. Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone 😁