i think that's the point mizinamo was trying to make; because you're used to english, ship and sheep are different sounds, but there are languages that don't distinguish the i sound in ship from the ee sound in sheep, just think of the stereotypical Italian accent, the reason why it's like that is because to an Italian who hasn't learned english (or another language that distinguishes those sounds) yet, if you say sheep and ship, you just repeated the same word twice. Similarly, Schrott and Schrot have different sounds but because you're used to english, you hear them as two variations of the same sound. (I can use myself as example too, for the longest of time, whenever i said thanks, i always said tanks, because i'm a native speaker of dutch and the th- sounds as in thin or this don't exist in dutch, so th was just a t or d in a weird accent if i managed to hear it all as different from regular t or d). Also goes for Hungarian őt vs öt , different sounds in Hungarian, but to english ears they aren't, it just takes getting used to (to my dutch ears they're as different as "thanks and tanks" for an Englishman would be).
öt and őt are not that much different. In my non native opinion the speaker stresses the ö probably a little to long here. Usually i hear the difference much clearer than some differences of my native language ie German. lol
As - Aas, käme - Kämme, Tod- tot, heute - Häute, Ei - Ai. Ordered with decreasing difference. I guess the last one is spoken the same.
Without audio guidance, learning to speak German is impossible. (and English neither i suppose) Hungarian on the other hand is really close to what one can say once he knows all letters (English speakers are certainly on a disadvantage never having said ö and ü) Having just a little exposure to some original audio is enough to fine tune it. Depending on individual talent of course. Something like "öngyújtó" (lighter) egészségedre (bless you) is hard nevertheless, at least for me. The "ngy" and "szs"
BTW Here you can hear (vs here ;-) ) Schrot - Schrott:
By ear i would possibly write Schroht - Schrott. :-D
I'd say öt and őt are considerably different, like you can mispronounce one so that it will sound like the other.
Here, there is indeed something with the pronunciation of "öt". The whole word is a bit overarticulated, as if the speaker tried a bit too hard to get this word across - still, this isn't how one would pronounce "őt".