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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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    How Hi Fi Has Become a Standard Unto Itself

    Agreed. Especially classical and jazz; rock and pop perhaps to a lesser extent.
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    Audiophile power cords vs. the cables in your walls

    Sure, breaker box. I must have adopted the nomenclature of the post that I replied to.
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    Audiophile power cords vs. the cables in your walls

    Sure, I'll buy a bunch of these: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/who’s-up-for-a-2800-fuse.32202/
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    Audiophile power cords vs. the cables in your walls

    Recently I also changed my in-wall cable from the fuse box (42 feet) from 12 AWG to 10 AWG (shielded MC 10/2 cable). Big difference, less distortion, tighter bass. Fuse box is new too, needed to pass inspection for my new solar installation. Will also (gasp) upgrade to audiophile power cables...
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    Brian, I hope so ;). I like to hear an electric guitar sound aggressive and energetic when it should.
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    Brian, I agree with your further analysis that spells out a few things better than mine. Altec: "It's a rock and roll system for people who don't like rock and roll." Priceless. *** But again, that's just the video. Would like to know if it sounds boring like that in person, with a similar...
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    Carlos, I cannot speak for "most high-end systems", but I agree that an emphasis on high frequencies can sound unnatural. That is why, as this works for my own system, I have toed out my speakers, more or less entirely. For my particular system setup and room, this gives a more believable tonal...
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    You make my point. The problem is that those who make and post videos think the system attributes come through because apparently in their imagination they automatically fill in the gap between what's actually on the video and what they hear in person from the system. The listener who only...
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    You're funny, Ked. What is there to understand about shitty sound? You talk like it were possible to somehow miraculously separate the sound of the system from what is heard on the video of it. That is a delusion. I have repeatedly pointed out that the videos probably do not represent the...
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    Both is true. One sounds too tipped up, the other one too dull. But then, it's the sound of the videos, not necessarily -- and hopefully -- the systems in real life.
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    Because I found Ron's comments interesting and worth a reply after checking out the videos myself. That simple.
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    Unlike you I find the Altec video excruciatingly boring, way too polite for rock and roll. Zero excitement. Not that the other video is any better. Both videos sound like shit. And I am sure both actual systems sound much better than their videos in real life.
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    That's why I have always said that system videos are nonsense. They mostly sound like shit, a few exceptions allowed. And as you say, it depends on the playback. I once played the same video via the same headphones through either my phone or through the computer. On one of the two devices the...
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    Zellaton Plural Evo

    I listened with headphones, which are quite benign in their frequency response and neither dull nor tipped up. I am very familiar with this song. I agree with you that on the Myles video there is a strong tilt of the entire frequency range to the higher frequencies; you can hear that right away...
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    Alexx V arrive in NJ

    I can confirm that the platforms and footers that Ian mentioned make a huge difference. Also footers vs spikes. I've heard it all in Ian's system.

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