Surely what you're saying is exactly what this experiment is designed to illustrate - or do I misunderstand you?
Originally Posted by keithwwk
The point I am attempting to convey is that only when the two events (A and B) are presented 'adjacent' to each other in time with a negligible gap, can our extremely limited (but highly predictable) sense of hearing effectively tackle the analytical task of determining if A and B are the same or similar, or quite different. If I understand you, you have found that at around the switch between A and B you are able to readily detect that they are indeed different frequencies, but not easily or at all when they are not compared directly against each other. Is that correct?
If it is, you have proved the very point: our ears are expert at making comparisons but only when we have the two stimuli directly set against each other.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK