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  1. tmallin

    Streaming vs. Collecting

    I've compared uncompressed FLAC rips with WAV rips from CDs made via dBPoweramp. The WAV sounded consistently better. Once I heard that, I did not trust any conversion programs. I physically re-ripped each CD in my collection to WAV files and use the WAV files as the local music files for both...
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    Lumin X1: Enabling an Even Simpler Yet Better Sounding System

    In recent years I have found myself gravitating toward cheap-ish but neutral (to me) sounding cables. For digital and analog connections I use either Benchmark or Blue Jeans cords. I find these as neutral sounding as anything I've tried, and I've tried a pretty extensive array of cabling over...
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    Apple AirPods Max Headphones

    While I once owned both the Audeze LCD-4 and 4z, in hindsight, I have not heard any Audeze headphones which sound truly neutral. All three of my current headphones--the Stax, the NAD, and, yes, even the Apple Airpods Max--are far less colored sounding than either of these formerly top-line...
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    Apple AirPods Max Headphones

    I may well order the new SR-X9000 headphones once they are available. As of this writing, they are still in pre-order status. However, Stax does indicate that the new flagship will start shipping in October 2021 so availability shouldn't be too far away now.
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    Acoustic Treatment for Small Listening Rooms: Absorption vs. Diffusion

    Yes, of course, MTB Vince. The area that should be treated is far larger than the small spots where you actually see the drivers reflected. I typically use the spot where the drivers are reflected in the mirror to center my placement of 2' x 4" pieces foam. And then I experiment with more...
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    Acoustic Treatment for Small Listening Rooms: Absorption vs. Diffusion

    I just realized that this thread does not contain my discussion of how I'm treating the ceiling reflection these days. See the following posts from my Dutch & Dutch 8c speaker discussion: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/dutch-dutch-8c-speakers.31113/post-712671...
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    Acoustic Treatment for Small Listening Rooms: Absorption vs. Diffusion

    Good discussion and idea, MTB Vince! I agree that thicker would be better and the "ottoman" would be more effective yet. Cellcbern, the research I'm referring to is that done by the Danish Archimedes Project (a collaboration of a Danish acoustical institute, KEF, and B&O) back in the 1990s. I...
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    Acoustic Treatment for Small Listening Rooms: Absorption vs. Diffusion

    Carpet on the floor does provide some absorption of reflected sound. However, even a one-inch thick heavy pile carpet will not absorb more than the top couple of octaves (5000 Hz up) with any degree of effectiveness. You need absorptive foam or fiberglass of significant thickness to absorb well...
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    Acoustic Treatment for Small Listening Rooms: Absorption vs. Diffusion

    Acoustical research suggests that the listening room's floor reflection is the one most damaging to imaging and staging. For years I have treated the floor reflection by laying flat foam over the carpet on the floor between the listening position and the speakers. The problem with such foam...
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    Calling on OWNERS of Upgraded Apogees & Sanders 10e Electrostatics

    After the Sanders, I moved to the Gradient Revolution Active, with added Gradient SW-T subwoofer towers. That was the last speaker I used in the audio room at my old house, ending in late 2014. Much of my audio history is found in this thread...
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    Calling on OWNERS of Upgraded Apogees & Sanders 10e Electrostatics

    I owned the Sanders 10c and used them in a dedicated room for about a year. Amps were Sanders Magtech Monoblocs, the EQ/crossover was done with Behringer DCX2496 (Sanders later changed to the dBx Venue 360 for the 10e). I also had the Sanders Preamp and Sanders cabling. Later I removed the...
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    My Current Audio Systems

    Since I'm not streaming upsampled/oversampled PCM or DSD content over ethernet, the 100 mbps speed of the ER's B-side jack connected to my router is plenty for audio purposes, the fastest of which is 24/192. Bit rate is frequency times bit depth times channels = 192,000 samples per second x 24...
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    My Current Audio Systems

    Recent experimentation has revealed an even more sonically satisfying configuration for these two devices in my system: I'm now connecting the ethernet cable from the main Xfinity Advanced Gateway router (which is 90+ feet long) to the input of the GF. The output of the GF feeds what is...
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    My Current Audio Systems

    For those looking for replacement earpads for the NAD Viso HP-50: Exact replacements are still available from the manufacturer through Lenbrook Americas. The pads are only $18 a pair plus $20 a pair shipping. Here is a contact phone number for Customer Service/Parts Admin: (905) 831-6555 / (800)...
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    Lumin X1: Enabling an Even Simpler Yet Better Sounding System

    There's no accounting for taste. Surely that's true in terms of musical preferences. It may be less true when it comes to sonic quality, but the divergence of opinion on this among even fairly well informed audiophiles suggests that this familiar saying should be given considerable weight even...
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    Lumin X1: Enabling an Even Simpler Yet Better Sounding System

    A word of caution: Just because stations send out signals in CD or better quality does not mean that they will sound identical or even similar to the disc or music file from which the program is derived when the disc or file is played from a local source on your own system at home. For whatever...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    The basic problem with breaking Toole's "Audio Circle of Confusion" as I see it is that if many audio engineers do have faulty hearing, as Toole claims is the occupational hazard of such folks, audiophiles with normal hearing would not hear things the way the engineers heard them even if they...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    I know that there are different coefficients of absorption for different angles of incidence and positions of absorbers in the room. But I array absorption the way it sounds subjectively best to my ears, given my stated sonic goals, in a room with stereo speakers playing. I've tried different...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    Of course this is all complicated. I will admit that I care less about exact instrumental timbre than someone like REG. I mean, I can't identify a violin manufacturer live, much less on recordings. I really don't have the background or experience to tell one brand of violin (or any other...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    In my room, I can listen as loud as I like on any kind of music I like without any audible problems with frequency response or room related resonances, high-frequency splash, etc. The combination of the D&D speakers' built-in frequency balance, their dispersion characteristics, the system set up...
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    Lumin X1: Enabling an Even Simpler Yet Better Sounding System

    There are now quite a few CD-quality-or-better internet radio stations, a few specializing in classical music, a few in jazz, and the rest pop/rock/other. A pretty good list is at https://www.hiresaudio.online/cd-quality-internet-radio/ Lumin just released a beta version of its app which...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    It is quite easy, when one sits in the front half of the audience at an unamplified concert of classical music to hear that "depth of stage" is caused by the amount of added reverberation one hears around the direct sound from musicians further back on the stage compared to those in front. This...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    Thanks for you comment, Kostas. If you are recording musicians in your modestly sized playback space (this is what I understood you to say), then of course the sound you hear and the sound your necessarily close-up microphones will capture is quite different from the sound one would hear in a...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    Obfuscation #2: Using YouTube videos of amateur recordings to demonstrate the sonic quality of anything. YouTube is ubiquitous; I know that. But I think there's a danger that audiophiles and music lovers generally tend to accept what they both see AND hear on YouTube as the gospel truth. Sure...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    Now that I have that discussion off my chest, I want to discuss a couple of things I view as "obfuscations" of current high-end audio. Obfuscation #1: Viewing inaudible and usually unmeasurable "noise" as so important that failure to take extreme steps to minimize it will result in your home...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    Against this approach you have those who believe that the job of the home audio system should be to match, as closely as possible, the sound those who engineered the recordings intended you to hear. It is when this goal is adopted that the Audio Circle of Confusion concept rears its ugly head...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    There apparently are audiophiles for whom the phrase "Audio Circle of Confusion" are fighting words. Here I will attempt to explain why I think this is so. I think that these audiophiles mostly include those who are primarily interested in classical music recordings, those made in a good...
  28. tmallin

    A Delicate Operation: Removing Tweeter Guards From Harbeth Monitor 40s

    I don't think tweeter guards are a bad thing at all. It would be very easy to damage a delicate tweeter from handling, especially handling a heavy bulky speaker which must be lifted up onto a stand, like the Harbeth M40 series. However, as I state at the very beginning of this thread: "Perhaps...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    I'm sorry if I misinterpreted the reason why stehno included the YouTube video recordings of the sound of his system playing a couple of music selections. I thought he meant them to demonstrate his assertion that his system has conquered or at least significantly ameliorated the noise floor...
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    “You Are There” Absolute Sound: Can We Get There From Here? Part IV

    As to Duke's comment in his post #11 above, I refer readers to my post #7 above. I certainly agree that most speakers sound better, more lifelike, in stereo than in mono. I, like most other listeners, greatly appreciate the contribution of spatial quality which stereo brings to the table and I...

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