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$100K turntables, circus act? 11

Posted 5 years ago

Does the mere fact there are $100K plus turntables and $250K plus power amplifiers available as serious products, featured and reviewed by the magazines, hurt or help the high-end? Of course an argument can be made for both sides – mine would be it hurts the high-end. Why? Because it turns many potential high-end customers […]
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What happened to my free service? 0

Posted 5 years ago

Yesterday Wikipedia went dark in English speaking countries to protest what they believe is a threat to the freedom of the internet. I am not going to comment on that as most of you know my feelings already. However, I do think this subject is related to music and its demise. The music industry died […]
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The map 10

Posted 5 years ago

Some recordists offer a map that details how the recordings were made and where the performers and recording equipment was located. How great this is to help us evaluate our equipment and systems.
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Absolute what? 11

Posted 5 years ago

A recording is true to what? To the studio monitors used to balance the sound? To the way the studio monitors sound in the mixing room? What is the "actual" sound of an electric guitar? Is it the sound of the playback monitor heard by the artist? Or the playback speaker heard in the recording room?
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If you had to do it over again 4

Posted 5 years ago

Once in a while I get the itch to clear the decks of all my equipment in the system and start over. The propects of doing this are both exciting and frightening.
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Flavor of the month 1

Posted 5 years ago

It wasn't that long ago that loudspeaker and receiver manufacturers were building products based on their sizzle and flash - their great bass performance or hot tweeters. It was an era of demoing with sound affects records rather than music.
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Studio speakers 15

Posted 5 years ago

We spend so much time and energy getting our systems just right so we can get as close to the music as possible but then are reminded the recording engineers making that music use really poor monitors. Makes you think.
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Why can't we have both? 12

Posted 5 years ago

Is it a reasonably trade off to give up accuracy for emotional stimulation or vice-versa? I don't see why we can't have both.
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A matter of perspective 1

Posted 5 years ago

Absolute numbers used to judge quality and performance can be quite misleading when the trends of the numbers means so much more.
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Who are you building for? 3

Posted 5 years ago

Producing shows and building equipment is really the same sort of process with one of the key elements being who are you designing for? The distribution/sponsor channel or the end user?
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Shame on you 4

Posted 5 years ago

Shame on you for buying online. Really? What century are you from? There's no shame in buying online but there is shame in buying from those who conduct their business on the backs of others.
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They work but … 2

Posted 5 years ago

In yesterday’s post Bad StorytellingI got a lot of flame mail suggesting I was being critical of tweaks that work like CD rings, green pens, RainX CD cleaner. I was not. I guess I should take my own advice about storytelling because if that was the message you got out of the post I didn’t […]
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Bad storytelling 8

Posted 5 years ago

Marketing is storytelling - has been forever. We should work hard at telling a good story and when that story is fabricated to explain something we don't understand, that's not helping anyone in our industry.
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Is magic real? 2

Posted 5 years ago

Is magic real? Of course not, but maybe, just maybe our propensity to discover the trick only gets in our way of enjoying the show.
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Harmony 2

Posted 5 years ago

Ever notice how the most popular music in all genre's has harmony? I think we love harmony in music and in every day life.
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Banished 6

Posted 5 years ago

The 200C power amplifier had a few hiccups when it was first introduced - one of them was it could erupt into a ball of fire - and it happened at the worst possible moment.
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Finding your rhythm 3

Posted 5 years ago

Music connects all of humanity together and helps us resonate in harmony with each other. We're a group dedicated to preserving music and making it sound better in our homes. What a great adventure.
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Protection or performance? 3

Posted 5 years ago

When designing a power amplifier there are always tradeoffs between protecting the amplifier and its performance. Whatever you do to protect it probably has some sort of compromise to the sound.
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Leave it on 17

Posted 5 years ago

There seems to be a common misconception that it's better to turn the power to your equipment off when you're not using it when just the opposite is true.
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Who is the customer? 3

Posted 5 years ago

Who do designers target their new products to? The dealers who sell them, the customers that may buy them or themselves?
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