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  1. rbbert

    CD Transport vs Music Server

    I use an EtherRegen between storage/streaming and server, and connect the server to DAC with a 40 foot optical cable.
  2. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I doubt it...
  3. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    Unfortunately, how thread topics often go is more of the same (irrelevant) posts of system videos and why horns are the only speakers that matter. Almost every topic (it sometime seems)...
  4. rbbert

    Life is too short...listen to as much music as possible!!!

    Really nice! I suspect that with the decoupling your preferred speaker position will be measurably different from where it was before.
  5. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I suspect many of us have had experience with systems using horn speakers similar to mine. Over the past 15 or so years I have heard about 35-40 systems like this; none have had what I would call outstanding sound. A handful have been very good with some outstanding sonic characteristics...
  6. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I pretty much refuse to watch videos (reading is so much faster and more informative). Does he relate the true story? That it was due to the Sony U-matic VCR's frame rate (this bit of history is well-documented)?
  7. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    electric lawnmowers? ;)
  8. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    Yet I think most would agree that except for the increasing cost of the highest priced equipment, there has never been a wider variety of high quality audio components available. The acrimonious part of the discussion centers around whether the highest priced pieces are worth the money, whether...
  9. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I'm afraid that ship has sailed...
  10. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    Which is consistent with what I posted. You forget that the price for the speakers was in Canadian dollars, so you need to look at both the exchange rate and the slightly different inflation rate for Canada. Even if you look only at the US price in 1995 and compare it to today it's not close...
  11. rbbert

    If tape is so good why does it record so poorly?

    I thought this was what I meant.
  12. rbbert

    If tape is so good why does it record so poorly?

    This may be similar to some preferring the sound of an LP cut from a hi-rez digital master to playing the hi-rez digital master itself.
  13. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    Ah, sorry. $5k Canadian in 1995 would be worth…$6.6k US today. Inflation from the ‘90’s through to today is far less than you think. Rant rant rant from all sides, and I am guilty of some as well. I joined to learn more about R2R resources, but since knowledgable members in that area also...
  14. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I'm not sure how you arrive at "12-15k" today. Based on the inflation rate, $5k Canadian in 2005 would be worth about...$5.5k US today.
  15. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I think you only need to look at the next few posts after yours that I quote, to see my point even more clearly :confused:
  16. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    It depends what you mean by "generally" and "quite respectful". If you mean at least half the posts are not overtly insulting then I would agree. If you think that even half are willing to respect another poster's opinions, then I think you are wrong, although my estimate might be skewed by...
  17. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    Weren't the MMC about $4-5k/pair new? To which "good horn designs" are you comparing them?
  18. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    Hasn't it occurred in this very thread? Although your "natural sound" thread may have been a trigger of sorts, I don't think that you personally have pushed your sonic agenda (outside of your own thread) in the way that other supporters of ddk's "Natural Sound" have in a number of threads.
  19. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I don't think he is entirely joking, and Mike L.'s post reinforces this. Although your "natural sound" thread is not entirely to blame, it did seem to trigger more widespread "thread hijacking" (for lack of a better term) by what I call the horns/SET/system videos crew (although some of this...
  20. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    **Which pretty much says it all. I know you will say that the difference is marketing, but consider how commercially successful speakers designed, built and sold based on results of listening tests by Floyd Toole's or Harmon's labs have been. For me personally , I admire most of those speakers...
  21. rbbert

    If tape is so good why does it record so poorly?

    Within the last year there have been a few reconditioned Studer A-80's offered (but now sold?) in the $5k-$8k range, including one from a poster at AudioNirvana which may still be available?
  22. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    What has been the consumer opinion (or marketplace success) of Geddes/Lee products?
  23. rbbert

    If tape is so good why does it record so poorly?

    It is a bit over your budget, but if you are willing to go to $4k why not spend a little more and get a lower end Studer? Then you have a deck with both better record and playback capabilities than your Otari…
  24. rbbert

    If tape is so good why does it record so poorly?

    I don’t have a huge tape collection, but many of the albums I have are specifically because they have much better mastering than any commercial digital release. A 2x DSD (128f) transfer of one of those albums is going to sound noticeably better than anything you can stream (there is not much...
  25. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    perhaps the most insightful conclusion: "The bottom line here is that we know so little about how humans perceive the sound quality of an audio system, and in particular the loudspeaker, that one should question almost everything that we think we know about measuring it"
  26. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    On the contrary; and you didn't respond to the more important part of my post.
  27. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    You, I and many others may agree with this statement, but there are clearly some here who don't...
  28. rbbert

    State of the industry - Roy Gregory Editorial

    I think this is the key to why there is so much disagreement about what makes a successful home audio system. Despite @morricab's hypothesis that we all perceive audio in the same way (not entirely inconsistent with your comment I excerpted), we don't all interpret our perceptions in the same way.
  29. rbbert

    If tape is so good why does it record so poorly?

    Transfer at 24/48. It isn't clear why a more recent transfer from a safety master was never done, especially since there are some in private hands (like yours); presumably Decca still has some?

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