That's a pure audiophile myth, based on ignorance of how digital audio is handled, and on downright magical thinking. I'd bet that many who spread such ideas don't even know what timbre actually is.
And like with anything in the audio field, when people have decided to hear something, they do hear it... as long as they have identified the source prior to listening! Cut them off from the info, and play the sources blind, they can't hear the difference anymore. That's the way it is. :rolleyes:
I'm a professional sound engineer and a musician, I think I have pretty good ears, sometimes very high jitter (>16%) on audio CDRs played in older CDR players slightly bug me, but that's about all. I've tested extensively these so-called audible differences between blanks, and I'm totally convinced that this is ultimate rubbish. Assuming of course that the burns are technically all good. Bad audio burns (C2, extremely high jitter...) can be audible. Lots of C2 are definitly easily audible even by the most untrained ears.
The audiophile world is full of myths, half of what you read is unsound. ( lol) - don't get fooled, even less so since there are many aspects of audio that are far more important than these schoolyard stories, like having a pair of excellent loudspeakers for example. Focus on the important things, leave the rest to those who like to focus on fantasy. :bigsmile:
Mmmmh... I like your theory on the origin of the myth, kg_evilboy. Makes sense at least.