Recent content by Al M.

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    Yggdrasil variants, now in 3 flavors.

    Yes, I use an XLR > RCA cable (ZenWave D4) that DaveC made for me. It takes into account the input impedance of my preamp, on the grounding level, if I remember correctly.
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    Yggdrasil variants, now in 3 flavors.

    Interesting. The last thing on my mind would have been to think that the Analog 2 sounds smoothed over compared to the Analog 1. I compared them directly, and did not hear any difference in bite. I love the bite and energy of the Yggy, it reminds me more of live music. At the same time, it can...
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    A Gold Standard for Listening Evaluations

    Good to hear you are a musical omnivore. It is news to me that unamplified music is "only one type of music".
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    Yggdrasil variants, now in 3 flavors.

    There is a well-written review of the Less is More (LIM) by Joe Whip on Audiophilestyle, as well as an extended discussion of LIM vs OG in the comment section: https://audiophilestyle.com/ca/reviews/schiit-audio-yggdrasil-less-is-more-review-r1049/
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    A Gold Standard for Listening Evaluations

    No, it's not a snobbish perspective, it's a realistic one when it comes to improving the sound of a system. Too bad when you view it as "somebody else's music". Rather than viewing the topic as a nuisance, you could view it as a challenge to broaden your musical horizons. And yes, I listen to...
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    A Gold Standard for Listening Evaluations

    Yes, believability is what it is about. Unless the listener was at the recording session, it is not possible to know the exact timbre of the instruments reproduced. Acoustic instruments heard live can exhibit a wide range of timbre, depending on the exact instrument (not every violin sounds the...
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    UFO plunges into the water while being tracked

    No, I didn't say that. I thought I explained my views on the issue.
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    UFO plunges into the water while being tracked

    If you believe that those UFOs are from aliens. I react with a big Yawn to the alien hypothesis unless proven otherwise. UFOs are just that -- Unidentified Flying Objects.
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    Audiophile power cords vs. the cables in your walls

    Seems like it ;). Last week I got a new CD set, Haydn Paris Symphonies (#82 - #87) with Neville Mariner and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. With the Clear Bass cable on the power amp, which was in the system when I first listened to the CD set, I heard orchestral massed string tone in my...
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    best cost no object, cables

    Indeed. Even if we try to build a system with all neutral components, the supposed neutrality of each link in the chain inevitably cannot be objectively assessed (and no, simple steady state frequency balance doesn’t cut it), but is based in part on assumptions that are also system dependent...
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    UFO plunges into the water while being tracked

    Agreed. That’s the realistic assessment. Sure, and the limits of what is physically possible are rearing their ugly head. Unless you believe in fantasies like worm holes. Going to Moon or Mars doesn't compare to traveling to far away stars.
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    UFO plunges into the water while being tracked

    Sure, but our next star is 20 light years away. The Milky Way is 100,000 light years across. Also, there is more to Earth than just habitable zone and the Sun. So yeah, wake me up once you've contacted aliens.
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    UFO plunges into the water while being tracked

    Agreed on microbial life. I even expect it in our own solar system, perhaps on one of the moons of Saturn. Intelligent life will be much, much rarer, since you need special sheltered and beneficial conditions like on our Earth. But given the size of the universe, those conditions should be met...
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    How Hi Fi Has Become a Standard Unto Itself

    I have found that the better my system becomes, the more recordings there are that sound great. As for great performances, they are abundant. There are so many modern classical performances that are superb, it's a joy. I don't subscribe to the notion of a golden age of classical music. Also...
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    Audiophile power cords vs. the cables in your walls

    I did take up DaveC on his generous offer to try the cable for free. It is sensational in my system. I have ordered five of these Clear Bass power cables (2 meters each) for my system.

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