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  1. marty

    Modding my ARC Ref Anniversary

    I won't bother to go through my list of ARC field failures except to say, now you know why I left ARC long ago! But what you've done is very impressive. Takes balls and commitment. I salute you. If this was a 7 year project, what did you do in the interim for sound?
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    What's Spinning Tonight?

    Holy smokes. Last night I was exploring Roon on my new Innuous Zenith MkIII (that will be a separate post) and was stunned to find an album that just knocked me out. The name of the album is Djesse (Vol1) by some kid named Jacob Collier. To begin, he’s not just any kid. He’s 23 and he’s already...
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    Musician Compensation at Major US Orchestras

    We are fortunate to have "our man in the ground", Ron Johnson in Chicago who first informed me of the strike and now brings additional updates. http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/ Ron is a CSO season ticket holder. If the strike ends by April 11th, he will join some of us for dinner before the...
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    Musician Compensation at Major US Orchestras

    As some of you know, the Chicago Symphony is on strike, which I hope will be over by the time AXPONA rolls around in a few weeks. Thought you all might be interested in the compensation packages of the CSO orchestra players...
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    adding a 5th Taiko Tana/Herzan TS-140 active isolation unit.

    I loved this report and admire the resolve it takes to do these sorts of experiments.
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    Axpona 2019

    As we get closer to AXPONA, I'd like to remind folks I still have 2 tickets for the CSO available on April 11th. (see post #1 and #6). Please contact me if interested. Marty
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    Boston Symphony Hall measurements

    Good one! My dear daughter, if you did that, I wouldn't mind a bit even though it's your loss. :( But my guess is that you will text and tweet rather than listen to music. (Oh, the perils of social media. What have we done?!!)
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    Boston Symphony Hall measurements

    Larry, I don't understand the economics as to why larger halls are the norm. In the "good ol' days" when dinosaurs like the great HP and his ilk roamed the earth, season tickets for good season seats to Carnegie (he was a regular) and the NY Phil were all but impossible to obtain. Nowadays, one...
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    Boston Symphony Hall measurements

    Not on the summary list but he makes several comments and measurements in the text and tables (4) to support his conclusion that it sounds good for romantic repertoire far more than for early period music.
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    Boston Symphony Hall measurements

    Here's an interesting article by Leo Beranek from 2016 that includes his recent rankings of concert halls http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4944787 I realize only now how fortunate I was to live in DFW from 2003-2013 where I regularly attended concerts at both Meyerson in Dallas and Bass Hall in Ft...
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    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    I agree Mike. (My Gothams sit firmly on a concrete floor as well) But what I don't understand is the preference of many to put their subs and or FR speakers on devices that move; i.e. Stillpoints or other "damping" devices. I recall reading that Alon Wolf once said that the only thing that...
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    Boston Symphony Hall measurements

    Great read, thanks. But his comments on Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center (aka Avery Fischer, now David Geffen Hall) ring hollow according to many. His main argument was that it wasn't his firm's design, but the Lincoln Board and the architects that screwed things up. Who knows, but when...
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    Boston Symphony Hall measurements

    I thought you all might like the following thoughts on Symphony Hall from Tom Caulfield, whose comments I've received permission to post here. Tom is a Grammy winning recording engineer who has worked for Channel Classics and other labels and lives in Boston. He has extensive familiarity with...
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    Tidal or Competitor Without a Computer (like Spotify)

    This is actually a meaningful question and without delving into statistical gobblygook, the short answer is: Discerning a difference 70% of the time might be statistically meaningful to some but in general it’s a low hurdle. In the science world, if you don’t show that something is significant...
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    Alsyvox planars...prepare to sell your Magico's, YG's, Wilson's, Cessaro's. Maggie's, and all others!!

    Does anyone know if the Botticelli will be at AXPONA? These are among the few speakers I'm hoping to hear (including Vox Palladian, Alexx).
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    Two Lollipops by Michael Rabin. Tone, technique, emotion. Wow. You can't take your eyes away. Kreisler Caprice Viennois and Tambourin Chinois
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    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    Ron, Todd, Folsom I'm going to opt out of further discussion on this subject after this post because most of these issues have been addressed in detail elsewhere, so no need to derail this thread. See post #13...
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    Tao, you're welcome. That's one of the best features of this forum- learning what others think (music and gear)! For example, I never heard of Prihoda until yesterday thanks to the General. I shall be exploring that find. Regarding Rabin, he was certainly better known but since he died in 1972...
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    Well, of course. Horowitz was a singular entity whose musical DNA was wired differently than anyone else. But let's not corrupt the thread more than it has already been corrupted by discussing pianists!
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    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    I’ve followed the subwoofer discussion with interest. Most of this has been covered previously. Admittedly, I am not a swarm person and also think that as good as the JL-1 crossover is it does in fact corrupt the high pass signal therefore a separate pre-amp line out for subs only is preferred...
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    Ron's Speaker, Turntable, Power and Room Treatment Upgrades

    You're too funny Ron. FIrst, I have never compared, nor would ever attempt to compare, the sonic effects of various metal AC cover plates. I'm delusional, but not delusional enough to think I could nail any differences here with a p<0.05. That said, my preference is anything non-magnetic and...
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    You're funny. I wouldn't pay $1500 for an LP...ever. Hell, I wouldn't even pay that much money to see Sinatra live if he came back from the dead to play with the Count Basie Orchestra doing Quincy Jones arrangements. (Although....$1500 to see Mahler conducting one of his own symphonies...
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    Perhaps this has been covered previously, but I'd love to know what some of you (General, Tao, Tang, Ked, Bill, others?) would recommend as the finest performances of these great violin works. Recording quality is SECONDARY. Musical performance is PRIMARY. Which performances of these, format...
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    +1 on Paganini Caprices by Rabin. Big distance between him and all the others, al least for me.
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    So here's a line that is guaranteed to get me thrown out of any music appreciation club- Heifetz has never done if for me. Mistake free and flawless he is quite often, but for moving me to joy or tears, he has never lit me up. i can't say I have a favorite fiddle player, but I do have some...
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    I'm not sure why you are calling Heifetz, Kogan and Oistrach the "Odessa Kings"? Only Oistrach was from Odessa. Heifetz was a Lithuanian who studied mostly in St. Petersburg and Kogan was from Dnipro, Ukraine, about 400 miles from Odessa. Kogan moved to Moscow at age 10 to pursue his vioiin studies.
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    Zero Distortion: Tango Time

    That Marshall is an unsung masterpiece. It's the ultimate champion for the jacuzzi or the pool....or the bathroom! It makes really nice music in large part due to tone controls! Imagine that. Being able to tune the sound to your environment! High end audio gets so many things wrong.
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    Cable Lifts thread

    I'm not sure why anyone would spend over $100 each on cable lifters. The main purpose of cable lifters is to remove cables from the static electricity from the floor. Buy some #13 2-hole rubber stoppers and some golf tees and voilå, here are some great cable lifters for about a buck apiece...

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