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Last days of the show 8

Posted 7 years ago

Today is the last day of the 3-day event known as the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, or RMAF for short. I wrote about my setup experience with the subwoofer yesterday and several of you asked that I post a picture of the room and our setup. Since it’s early Saturday morning that I am actually […]
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I never learn 13

Posted 7 years ago

You’d think that after all the years I have been working in high end audio that I’d actually learn something. It’s been over 40 years and I guess I am curious as to how long it takes me to really “get it”. I went to setup the room at RMAF figuring it’s a small room […]
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What you never get to see 5

Posted 7 years ago

Today is the first day of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. We’re all here with our nice duds on showing folks what we make, playing music, meeting people. It all looks quite organized, polished and easy. What most of you never get to see is the setup. The day before. The long lines at the […]
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A quick shot in the arm 2

Posted 7 years ago

Here’s a quickie improvement you can make in under 10 minutes and it is guaranteed to improve the sound of your system instantly. Really. Shut everything down and one by one, unplug and replug everything back in. Interconnects, speaker cables, AC power cables. If it’s part of your system, disconnect and reconnect and then turn […]
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Really bad ideas 10

Posted 7 years ago

I suppose my posts don’t have to be about audio. Sometimes it’s good to poke a little fun. I routinely get SPAM from a number of different Chinese manufacturers trying to sell me their goods for resale. It’s just the way it is today if you’re a manufacturer. I mostly just delete them and move […]
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Taking one for the team 15

Posted 7 years ago

My job’s pretty cool. I get to be involved with music, work with bright people and travel all over the world. Sounds pretty glamorous as I write these words but the reality can be very different. There’s all the hard work of running a small business, and then there’s the travel. Mostly good, often great […]
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No space for CD’s 8

Posted 7 years ago

Last night we attended a wedding in Denver for one of the kid’s best friends. This is a group of 30 somethings that absolutely adore music. It’s a central part of their lives. As much a part of their lives, if not more, than my generation in the 60’s and 70’s. And they worship vinyl. […]
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No space for CD's 8

Posted 7 years ago

Last night we attended a wedding in Denver for one of the kid’s best friends. This is a group of 30 somethings that absolutely adore music. It’s a central part of their lives. As much a part of their lives, if not more, than my generation in the 60’s and 70’s. And they worship vinyl. […]
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Congested 13

Posted 7 years ago

Now here’s an interesting term. Congested would normally apply to a health issue one might have but in audio terms it describes the way something might sound when it gets bunched up. It’s funny how we use some health terms like congested or constipated to describe the way something sounds. Stiff, unmoving, wooden, mechanical. But […]
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You are there 23

Posted 7 years ago

Our discussion about Listening With Ears Shut of several days ago sparked a great deal of conversations over in the comments section. Great! Thank you for participating in the discussions. Ralph Glasgal of Ambiophonicsmade a very interesting comment that I want to pass along to all my readers. “There are basically two types of sound […]
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A tale from Chicago 13

Posted 7 years ago

Next week is the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) and we’ll be there is room 9013 playing music and saying hi to everyone that happens to come by. I am looking forward to meeting many of you if you have the time to drop by. The show reminds me of a story that happened to […]
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Listening with ears shut 78

Posted 7 years ago

If you take a stereo pair of loudspeakers and cover up one of the channels so no sound comes out of that speaker, what do you get? Mono. Right. Mono with no directionality, reduced soundstage. Like the old days when there was nothing BUT mono. But if you cover one of your ears with your […]
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Sneaking in the back door 11

Posted 7 years ago

With the growing interest in DSD, which is the main format of SACD, I thought it might be helpful to explain DoP. Yeah, I know, too many TLA’s! (Three Letter Acronyms). DoP stands for DSD over PCM and was invented by a group of high end audio manufacturers doing their best to get great sound […]
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Getting it right 5

Posted 7 years ago

Getting the midbass right in a system is something many of us overlook in loudspeaker setup, focusing instead on the low bass. I have seen this time and time again and the reason we do this is two fold: rooms are tough on the low bass levels requiring a lot of speaker moving decisions and […]
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Downsampling 5

Posted 7 years ago

In yesterday’s post 192kHz?I explained how we wound up with the different sample rates. A convoluted story at best. Today I thought it might be interesting if I touched on a little known problem with pretty much all CD’s. Downsampling. Nearly all master digital studio recordings are made at higher sample rates and bit depths […]
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192kHz? 13

Posted 7 years ago

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different sample rates and why? The compact disc samples at 44.1kHz/16 bits. But then there’s these other rates like 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz. Wow, that’s a lot and the spacing doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. How did we get to these numbers […]
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That’s a pity 2

Posted 7 years ago

In response to Thursday’s postPeople Like Us, reader Bob Whitlock sent me this charming note and I wanted to share it. “I’ve always been interested in food, literally started cooking as an eight-year-old, nearly 50 years ago. At age 33, I was able to attend a 10-month culinary school in Cambridge, MA and graduated with […]
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That's a pity 2

Posted 7 years ago

In response to Thursday’s postPeople Like Us, reader Bob Whitlock sent me this charming note and I wanted to share it. “I’ve always been interested in food, literally started cooking as an eight-year-old, nearly 50 years ago. At age 33, I was able to attend a 10-month culinary school in Cambridge, MA and graduated with […]
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Proven: CD’s sound the same as high-rez! 20

Posted 7 years ago

“Incontrovertible double-blind listening tests prove that the original 16-bit/44.1-kHz CD standard yields exactly the same two-channel sound quality as the SACD and DVD-A technologies. In the September 2007 issue of theJournal of the Audio Engineering Society(Volume 55, Number 9), two veteran audio journalists who aren’t professional engineers, E. Brad Meyer and David R. Moran, present […]

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Proven: CD's sound the same as high-rez! 19

Posted 7 years ago

“Incontrovertible double-blind listening tests prove that the original 16-bit/44.1-kHz CD standard yields exactly the same two-channel sound quality as the SACD and DVD-A technologies. In the September 2007 issue of theJournal of the Audio Engineering Society(Volume 55, Number 9), two veteran audio journalists who aren’t professional engineers, E. Brad Meyer and David R. Moran, present […]

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People like us 19

Posted 7 years ago

I certainly never have a problem when someone labels me an Audiophile although I don’t think of myself as one. In fact, I am not sure I even know what an Audiophile is. I am certainly a tweak, an obsessed improver, passionate about sound, an inventor, someone who cherishes time with my stereo system, a […]
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The stories we tell ourselves 6

Posted 7 years ago

A good friend of many years is in town for a few days and we’ve been discussing high-end audio, products, the marketplace, etc. He’s been spending time in our facilities and sees the extraordinary effort that goes into designing some of our products: the months of hard work it takes to get a product from […]
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Transitions 7

Posted 7 years ago

The transition from one format to another, say vinyl to CD, CD to streaming audio, PCM to DSD, embodies the future directions music reproduction is taking. Inevitablythe first transition period has both major benefits and drawbacks as well. We should not judge a format at the time of its transition. The first time I ever […]
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A bit more on bits 32

Posted 7 years ago

Several of you have written me asking about multi-bit DACS. You now understand how a 1-bit system works, relative to a 16, 24 or even a 32 bit setup but what’s a 6-bit DSD? If there’s only 1-bit in the output and that output gets more of the same or less of the same, what’s […]
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She turns into a tree? 8

Posted 7 years ago

Now that we have a rough understanding of the differences between classic digital audio (PCM) and the format Sony popularized in their SACD version of digital audio (DSD), it probably makes sense to explain why any of this even matters. We recognize that at the end of the day, all most of us want is […]
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