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I'm pretty sure wine tasters do know about this, on some level - after all, all reputable wine shows do their tasting blind.

That puts them ahead of audiophiles, then, many of whom believe that blind testing is inherently flawed, and it's sighted testing that reveals the true sound of the amplifier.

As proven by the editor of Stereophile, because if the blind tests were right, how come he likes this other amplifier better? http://www.stereophile.com/asweseeit/705awsi

Blind tasting in itself is meaningless. The real deal would be blind tasting + repeatable results.

I can't speak for wine, but beer has similar licensing that involves a thorough blind tasting test. The tasting is not to judge good or bad, but to identify variety classifications and various properties of each beer. The results are repeatable since it's a test that can be passed with enough preparation.

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