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Battery power 5

Posted 8 years ago

For a long while there was a trend towards battery powered source gear. Advantages were many: lower noise, no cords to deal with, better isolation. But in general they did not succeed because they sounded worse. Why? Because of what made them special, the batteries themselves. We know from years of experience that the lower […]
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Yeah, but …. 11

Posted 8 years ago

Yesterday’s post Under the microscope certainly sparked some comments. Good. I think the greatest number of emails I got seemed to be in defense of people who really require affirmation and verification that what they feel is “real” and are uncomfortable trusting their senses. It’s easy to cite the number of times when our senses […]
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Under the microscope 17

Posted 8 years ago

Not that long ago in the scope of our evolution did we question if there were life forms smaller than could be seen by the human eye. Our collective answer was “no”. Yet enough people asked an even simpler question “how do we know that?” One questioner invented the microscope and our view of the […]
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Large volumes of air 9

Posted 8 years ago

In yesterday’s post I talked about dynamics and how many smaller speakers simply cannot reproduce those dynamics accurately. One of my readers pointed out something obvious – the amount of air a big speaker can move relative to a smaller one. Big line sources have a lot of drivers and surface area and can move […]
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Overkill 11

Posted 8 years ago

When a trumpet or trombone plays loudly – or a bass drum or gong is hit hard – the sound that is produced by the instrument is dynamically linear with the softer sounds that instrument can make. The same cannot generally be said about a loudspeaker that is reproducing those sounds. Imagine for a moment […]
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The rewards of difficulties 5

Posted 8 years ago

Most mornings I get up and after my coffee I run or head to the gym and workout for 45 minutes. It’s always a struggle and I battle with myself to hang in there and get ‘er done. It’s particularly difficult at the very beginning of the exercise and that’s when I question myself most […]
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On the lower end of things 5

Posted 8 years ago

My son wants a simple setup to go from one of the little $99 Apple Airport Express devices to a good sounding power amp to play music on a pair of bookshelf speakers he owns. I offered him one of our small power amps but he declined because it’s a full piece of kit with […]
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Getting just enough 6

Posted 8 years ago

In the late 1970’s I began experimenting with planar loudspeakers: first with Magnepans and later with electrostatic loudspeakers – specifically the Acoustat 2+2 which happened to be tall enough to qualify as a line source. If you’ve never heard an electrostatic loudspeaker then you’ve missed out on an amazing experience – albeit one that is […]
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Good reading 7

Posted 8 years ago

In the July issue of the Absolute Sound Magazine, editor Robert Harley writes a very informative article entitled What exactly are CD-quality and high resolution audio? It’s an article worth reading and one that I learned a great deal from. In the article Robert writes about the process digital audio went through, theadulterationof many analog […]
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When bigger is better 13

Posted 8 years ago

I remember well my first encounter with the Infinity IRS speaker system – it was an experience filled with awe both at the size and presence of this massive system as well as the magnificence of the performance. That first event took place at Harry Pearson’s home in Sea Cliff New York and it lives […]
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The choice is yours 3

Posted 8 years ago

Yesterday I posted about the controlled demoand several of you seemed upset that I would even think about suggesting my musical choices might show off our equipment better than yours. I understand the sentiment but I only half agree. Let me give you a bit of background. Years ago when Arnie Nudell and I ran […]
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Controlling the demo 7

Posted 8 years ago

I was showing Carl, one of our sales reps, our sound room and talking about the prospect of increasing the availability of the in-home demo. I suggested I have always loved the idea of people taking equipment home and trying it out – we used to have a slogan “your living room is our showroom”. […]
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Is your music system hypo allergenic? 10

Posted 8 years ago

Just heading out the door, went to fire up the dishwasher and the marketing pitch on the soap caught my eye. “Now, Hypo Allergenic!” What the hell does that mean? It was the main selling feature of the dishwashing soap and for years I have taken it for granted. In fact, I might choose one […]
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I only read the last few paragraphs 10

Posted 8 years ago

Magazine reviewers work hard at writing a review – many thousands of words written to make sure you understand a product and really get what the reviewer feels about that product. It’s a long time tradition of a thorough piece of work. Yet I only read the first few paragraphs of a review and then […]
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Why a dedicated computer isn't a dedicated server 8

Posted 8 years ago

A lot of folks out there are taking an older unused computer or even a new MAC Mini and dedicating it to serving their music. This is a good idea relative to using a shared computer to do the same – but dedicating a computer to this task isn’t the same as a purpose build […]
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It's only the music I am interested in 12

Posted 8 years ago

Really? I hear that a lot and I am sure it’s true for some of us. But my sense is most of us like the gear, the kit, just as much as we like the music. When I attend a consumer audio show I see endless numbers of people wandering from room to room looking […]
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Dynamics 10

Posted 8 years ago

Not to be on a nostalgia kick here but yesterday’s post about Direct to Disc recordings got a few of you to ask me why a Direct to Disc was so much more dynamic than a standard recording and the answer is simple: one less layer and vinyl has more dynamic range than does tape. […]
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Direct to disc 3

Posted 8 years ago

In yesterday’s post we mentioned a Sheffield Direct To Disc recording and several readers asked me just what that was. It was the most direct method of recording possible before the advent of digital and interestingly enough it was a throwback to the original recording technique. Perhaps a bit of history is in order. When […]
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Fewer choices 5

Posted 8 years ago

Back in the 1970’s when high-end audio was just blossoming into a real force there were many more dramatic choices of tailoring your system the way you wanted it to sound. For example, I remember the first time I was introduced to a Decca phono cartridge and compared it to the Stanton III cartridge – […]
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Here we go again 7

Posted 8 years ago

I finished reading yet another article by a self proclaimed expert about why 192kHz 24 bit doesn’t make any difference over standard CD’s and the folks who are promoting these standards are simply “hoodwinking” you into believing they do. What’s instructive about this article is the author, Monty, is extremely knowledgeable about a lot of […]
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You should worry about your chair 17

Posted 8 years ago

Just when you thought it was safe to relax in your listening room and enjoy the music let me make you aware of the damage your chair might be inflicting on the music. Yes, the chair. One of the items of furniture in the room you should be careful with is the chair and its […]
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Amanda Mc Boom Boom again? 32

Posted 8 years ago

After reading yesterday’s post about the art of the demo, my friend Jim McCullough of Cello reminded me that the third side of the demo coin was the endless playing of the same Audiophile pap to demo equipment at shows. I can remember thinking if I hear Amanda McBroom one more time I am going […]
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Integrateds 23

Posted 8 years ago

In yesterday’s post about the preamp conundrummany of you correctly pointed out that what I was referring to is called an integratedamplifier but perhaps missed my point. The day of the preamp as a separate is long over and while there are multiple ways to address the issue: adding amps to all preamps or preamps […]
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The preamp conundrum 9

Posted 8 years ago

One of our customers was upset because he loved the sound of our phono preamplifier directly into his power amplifier but then not so much when he inserted his preamp between the phono stage and his amp. His question, naturally, was this: if my preamp sounds great by itself and the phono stage sounds great […]
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The invention of MultiWave 2

Posted 8 years ago

Oops. Sorry. This post got left out and was part 1 of a 3 part series – of which parts 2 and 3 have already run over the last 2 days. To complete the series, this first one, the invention of MultiWave, now runs. MultiWave is a feature unique to Power Plant regenerators. Unlike sine […]
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