Thats rather old, but still fun to test yourself with, i forget how far i got as i took it along time ago, but IIRC it was about -18db or -24db, using an old off brand headphones...nothing spectacular.
Yeah I scored -24dB as well, on my speakers. I wonder if it is even possible to go further with the samples they used. What's with the "real speakers" thing? I doubt real speakers are that distorted. My source is an Apogee MiniDAC btw. Very detailed sound card.
guys, use headphones. Speakers, especially computer speaker dont cut it from a distortion perspective lol. I managed to score -36db on my PC headphones (Sennheiser PC150). My friend who used an audio technica L3000 (about 2000USD pair of headphones) managed to get the maximum score of -45db. Others have scored just as well with cheaper headphones though. but i have no doubt using speakers will 'worsen' your score in general
-24 here but off of my desktop speakers i didnt have headphones here to try it with....i believe i can do better but with headphones as its super noisy in the listening area with compaf fane and ceiling fan etc....
Wierd, just spoke to my friend just now with the 2000 dollar audio technica headphones again. He told me he took the test twice. First with his Sennheiser HD650, he said they were crap, he could barely hear to -24db. Then he took a break and tried it with the more expensive L3000, and scored the -45 relatively easily. I personally think that the scores kind of eliminate luck because you need to get the right answer twice to get a final score (when you make a mistake, you drop 2 levels and have to work your way up again). Apparently at -45, you have to answer the same -45 question 3 times in a row before it gives you the score. i suppose getting lucky is possible, but very very very difficult.
But then again, not all sennheisers can be crap, since i did manage to score -36 with my el-cheapo 30 dollar senns, the PC150? But whatever it is, it definitely seems to me that generally the bottleneck is not your hearing ability but the equipment that you use to do the test, lol
Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with car audio when headphones costing a fraction of the price can easily sound better than even the best, most expensive car systems, sigh....