Amplifying emotions

December 3, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

9 comments on “Amplifying emotions”

  1. Doesn’t also the genre and type of music is responsible for the degree of emotional involvement? A Western European grown up with music from Beethoven, Bach, Haendel, Mozart, Wagner will rarely like ancient music from Japan, China or Turkey. And punk music or metal will be judged as excessive noise. And I always wonder why in most cases the same track played from vinyl or via a tube amp sounds more engaging than from CD or SS-amps. Where is a real improvement concerning these emotional aspects rendered by technical innovations as digital audio or semiconductors and ICs?

  2. For me it’s more-often the lyrics in a song that will give me the emotive
    reaction & the tune (music) is just a very pleasant accompaniment.
    Then eventually, over time, the two become inextricably intertwined; so
    you start to hear the tune & immediately those touching words come to mind.

    What gets the hairs standing on the back of my neck is more often hearing the synergy in a complete home audio system; that is to say my brain recognising that that amazing, ‘near realistic’ musical performance that I am experiencing at that moment in time is actually coming from an array of metal & wooden ‘boxes’, liked up with copper wires, in front of me.

  3. For me it’s a great beat combined with thinking about some of the best life experiences I’ve had while enjoying that on an extraordinarily detailed sound system.

    Music gets me jacked. Straight up.

  4. I’m sorry everyone.
    But I can’t help but to agree with Paulsquorl here.
    But the one thing that I disagree with him on, is how a CD sounds, going threw an all tube system.
    If sat up correctly, you wouldn’t really be able to tell the diffrence between a CD and a vinyl LP.
    But especially if the system, I’m talking about the mane electronics here, not the speakers, yay thoe, they play an equally roll as the electronics do.
    But if the system is 60 years old, or older, you’re gonna get closer to what the artists and the musicians wanted you to both hear and feel.
    Some say, that the equipment we have today, blows equipment that was made 60 years ago, right out of the water.
    Me, I think it’s the other way around.
    I’ve heard systems costing hundrids of thousands of dollars.
    But they couldn’t hold a candle to what I have at home.
    Now, that’s saying an offal lot about vintage equipment!

  5. As for vintage equipment. I purchased a pair of 12 in. Alnico Zenith full range drivers that where salvaged from a 1963 Zenith console. They are in my DIY Teakwood open baffles.The midrange, and vocals or acoustic guitar is truly beautiful. I recently purchased a pair of new Lii audio F-15 drivers, as i was told would blow my Zenith’s out of the water. Maybe the F-15’s need some break in time, but so far the 58 year old Zenith’s are still the best of the pair. They are both being driven by a Decware Zen SET Amp kicking out 2.3 Watts. Maybe being vintage myself helps me appreciate the older equipment.

    1. Good morning RCramer!
      Just one curious question.
      How old are you?
      I’m asking because, I figure you, to be a few years older then I am.
      In a little less then 8 months from now, I’ll be turning 50.
      I have three vintage Fisher receivers, and one Knight integrated amp.
      But this old Knight, was made in 1953.
      Two of my receivers, were made between 1960 and 1962.
      My other receiver, it was made in 1965.
      The newest tube amp that I have in the house, happens to be my Jolida JD-1000P all ttube power amp.
      But even my Fisher 800 and 800B receivers not to menschen my Fisher 400, blows the sound of my Jolida amp, right out of the water!
      But where the Jolida amp has my three receivers beat at, is it gives my speakers way more power then my three vintage receivers do.
      Two of my receivers, have the same power output.
      They crank out 35watts per channel.
      The Fisher 400, is 10watts per channel below those.
      It only cranks out 25watts per channel.
      I’m using modern speakers on all three of them for right now, but I’m looking to get my hands on a pare of vintage Pioneer speakers that were made in 1960.
      I think I’ll put those on my 800B receiver.

  6. Flat frequency response with no harshness or grain. Drums and bass must have snap impact and definition. Strings must sound real and are not blurred or suppressed. Smooth response with a touch of warmth and with proper instrument placement within the soundstage presents musical emotion to me. I want to hear instruments and voices as they sound in real life and portrayal of the recording as it was originally recorded without missing information and without additions. It’s like focusing binoculars, you know when it’s right. I can listen for hours without listening fatigue.

  7. To answer your question, I’ll be 70 on March 18th. After I retired last year I started surfing the different audio sites. I stumbled onto ( ) It belongs to Kevin Davis , a professional photographer in the DC area. He’s a tube gear head. His site has some great photos of new and vintage tube equipment that he has owned or used in the past. He’s a big proponent of Open Baffle speakers. After emailing him, he suggested I try to find this particular pair of vintage drivers ( The Zenith’s ). He also suggested that if I could find a Decware Zen Triode amp and connect the two, I would not be disappointed. I made the baffles from 24×24 x1 Teakwood panels cut in a barrel shape. I can’t describe the emotional wave I felt the first time I started listening to this setup. I was literally tearing up because the sound was so musical and gorgeous coming from everywhere in the room. The speakers literally disappeared. As I posted earlier I bought the Lii Audio F-15 drivers that are used in some open baffles costing $5-7000 a pair. I think my DIY Zenith’s still sound better a this point. Good luck with your search for the vintage speakers. Marry Christmas and happy listening!

    1. Good afternoon RCramer!
      I once had a single ended tube amp before.
      But I guess, when the temperchure fell down too low, the swiching power supply didn’t want to supply the three tubes that they needed to function.
      I had to use a blow dryer to get it to just come on.
      And so, that’s what taught me to stare clear of those kinds of tube amps.
      They’re too trouble some.
      Mary Christmas to you too as well!

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