Quoted from Raincity:
We shouldn't be conflating reaction time (200-300ms) with anticipatory timing. The accepted perceptual threshold for visual latency is 13ms. Audio engineers know that more than 5ms of delay can ruin a groove. An image displayed for a single millisecond is still noticeable, even if we can't react that fast. Locational audio perception relies on differences of sound arrival time at the ears, with detection levels well below 1ms (Average head size generates a ~600 microsecond delay for sound to travel the distance from one ear to the other). The human nervous system is capable of much more rapid responsiveness than simple reaction time would suggest, so it's disingenuous to suggest that minute delays might not have some effect.
Hell - like I mentioned earlier - if you want to test your timing (and not your reaction time), use a stopwatch (https://goo.gl/dg9yBb), and see how close to an even second you can stop the timer when you anticipate and get the timing down. I find that I'm able to get within 5ms the vast majority of the time.
Please note that I'm not claiming anything about one pin versus another, just that reaction time is not the right measurement to use when discussing the potential impact of added delay in a system.
That's a really good point. I'm not sure I fully follow you though. Are you saying that pinball is all reaction time and that's why the lag doesn't matter?
I was thinking about pinball and music in terms of anticipatory timing (eg of making a shot from a flipper rolling down the inlane vs hitting a note at the correct time). My hypothesis (if you want to call it that) would be that since shot tolerances are way more generous than timing tolerances in music, the lag is such an insignificant factor that it doesn't matter. On the other hand, if you're a keyboard player and you hit the key exactly so that the note is in the pocket and the sound falls 4 ms later then the lag it's pretty noticeable.
I did hear some people talking about reaction time earlier in the thread but in my mind I was thinking about what you call "anticipatory timing".
Maybe I'm getting things twisted though.