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  1. [1972] Stevie Wonder - Talking Book [flac]
    7 points
  2. Talking Heads ‎– Naked Not the typical Talking Heads album. I always was a bit unsure about it and now listening to it after a VERY long time I feel about the same.
    6 points
  3. Guys, we are getting a lot of comments from people about every damned thread ending up going down the same rabbit hole. Trust me, one way or the other it is going to stop. Ric. Pack up needling Nick into shilling his own products. It. Is. Getting. Annoying.
    5 points
  4. Japan - Oil on canvas Original Vinyl
    5 points
  5. Absolutely. However, it also has inherent 'dangers', in that it can make you blind (or rather, deaf) to the actual real-life performance. There have been many occasions where I've built something, sat back and thought how wonderful it sounded when in reality, it was average at best. The more complex the design and the more work that has gone into it, the more likely it becomes. Until I did some work on coupling cap values and the operating point of the valves in the current version, it was decidedly bass light, but my ears chose to ignore that and describe it as 'tight and tuneful' rather than 'not enough'...
    5 points
  6. Talking Heads ‎– True Stories This is not your typical Talking Heads album either, but WAY better than "Naked". Quite pleasant, actually. I seem to remember I enjoyed the movie, too. I think David Byrne directed it.
    5 points
  7. Fear of the Dark - Gordon Giltrap. Vinyl. Another very nostalgic album for me. Giltrap's guitar playing is excellent and Simon Phillips drumming magnificent.
    5 points
  8. hard to photograph due to shiny cover. Metallica - Metallica (2021)
    5 points
  9. I've visited a number of relatively high-end manufacturers and dealers and they quite often use very, very 'ordinary' cables. That's not to say that in some places, different cables cannot make a difference. However, I've been messsing around with audio, buying it, borrowing it, building it and reviewing it on and off for over 50 years. The one thing I can state without any doubt in my mind is that there is absolutely zero correlation between price and quality when it comes to most cables. There are some very expensive ones that perform excellently. But there are some very cheap ones that also perform excellently, and some very expensive ones that have a negative impact on the sound by changing it. Which in my humble opinion is definitely not what any cable should do.
    4 points
  10. I worked in the hi-fi industry and can assure you that a good few demos with “high end” accessories or cable have absolutely nothing to do with any performance gains. They’re simply there because people listening to and looking at the kit expect expensive accessories to be used with such items and the manufacturers get a hard time if they don’t!
    4 points
  11. Garbage - First Album [flac] from NAS
    4 points
  12. 4 points
  13. Gerry Rafferty - Rest in blue Qobuz
    4 points
  14. Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook. CD....
    4 points
  15. The late John Peel who helped launch the careers of many bands used to listen to music on a lo-fi system. He's reasoning was most folk would listen to his show on a less than perfect transistor radio and he wanted to make sure the sound quality was adequate for his entire audience to enjoy his shows. Back in 1983, Kate Bush's `The Dreaming' was digitally mastered to provide the sound she wanted. Kate was interested in production techniques and produced the album herself. Shortly after it was done, Linn approached Kate. Having heard about Kate's production interests, Linn felt it was time to demonstrate the superiority of properly handled analogue recording. Linn said Kate was mighty impressed by their analogue-vs-digital demo, but Kate said: "I wouldn't say I was necessarily impressed by their demonstration, but yes, I feel there's an awful lot in analogue recording. We had a lot of problems working with digital for `The Dreaming' which was digitally mixed. Editing was the main one -- it was so time-consuming. Some things obviously were easier working digitally -- otherwise we wouldn't have used it. But the vast majority I reckon would have been easier on tape. Particularly as I was working with people who'd worked with tape all their life. In the end we brought in a guy who was familiar with digital equipment from classical recordings he'd worked on. And it didn't take very long after that. The problems rather put me off digital. We all felt a kind of alienation from the process of creation using it. There's something reassuring about a tape that you can see and touch. You've more trust in it somehow. There was a feeling of uneasiness about using digital that stemmed from the fact that we felt it wasn't as easy to use in many respects as tape is." Apparently Kate listens to her music through a Naim system. Though I did read Paul Simon uses a Linn system or, at least, has an LP12.
    4 points
  16. Echo & The Bunnymen – Songs To Learn & Sing
    4 points
  17. A manonmeter will just show atmospheric pressure I think, due to averaging out the rapidly fluctuating pressure of the acoustic waves. Using your microphone would be the better way to go if you were really curious.
    3 points
  18. I don't miss anything, which is something you need to bear in mind. Either way, this is not a court of law, and nobody is required to provide evidence of anything whatsoever. What nobody would miss is the constant dragging threads down into tedious repetition of the same rubbish we've all seen countless times.
    3 points
  19. Here we go again - another cable argument ... Look if fancy cables with high price tags do it for you then great .. Interestingly we have the same argument about bi amping and bi wiring - dear old Audio Note with their vastly expensive Ongaku has a single set of speaker terminals (moral of the story just buy one decent set of cables) .. At shows they have never bi amped (moral of the story get a decent single amp in the first place). As to cables there are the three categories or perhaps 4 - mains cables, analogue interconnects, digital interconnects and speaker cable. I think silver can sound better in interconnects (if you have the money to get a set with the same amount of silver as found in a decent pair of copper cables). the same is true IMO of speaker cables. I do agree cables can sound different - in my experience I have heard very expensive cables sound worse than some good budget ones - and on top of that cables will never make a silk purse out of a sows ear. That is my view but if others have an alternative view then fine ... I think the best way forward is not to turn one's nose up at someone who chooses budget and similarly for those who do not believe in expensive cables to not turn their nose up at those that do ... You sort of wonder if it will ever draw a parallel with motor cars where a large faction have certain views of certain so called quality cars (Merc Beemer and Audi) and how they attract a lot of bloody awful drivers (my daughter's excuse for having a beemer - everyone expects you to do what you shouldn't and keep clear)
    3 points
  20. I'm sorry but the tiny ball bearing in the tip is not unconventional, nor do I find it particularly fascinating. It was used by some manufacturers to get around the Linn patent for a single point bearing and was also used as a less expensive way to make the spindle. Many sunk the ball bearing into a flat tip, which really makes more sense. The only reason to taper the tip and put a ball in there is to make it look cooler. Oracle did this on their first turntable but it was used by others before and after them.
    3 points
  21. 3 points
  22. And in the UK at least, it would be accompanied by other brands handled by importer and distributor Absolute Sounds. So a typical system might be dCS source, D’Agostino or Audio Research amps, Wilson Audio speakers and Transparent cables. Similarly, Naim seem to favour their Wiltshire neighbours Chord Cables.
    3 points
  23. The serious answer is that has nothing to do with performance and everything to do with marketing and product placement. Anyone with the resources to go for the DCS Vivaldi stack would look for cables at a similar "market" position. Regards Andrew
    3 points
  24. A Dacia with a Bentley interior used to be called the Mini Metro Vanden Plas...
    3 points
  25. Mike Oldfield - Songs of Distant Earth. Cd...
    3 points
  26. The Facebook sessions, led by Clive Gidney, have been pretty good so far and Gilad seems pleased to continue doing them. I thought the Karousel one was equally informative, once the engineers are allowed to talk. It’ll be very interesting to see what they can apply what they’ve learned from Organik to in the future. Watch this space… ’troll
    3 points
  27. The Chemical Brothers - Come With Us. CD
    3 points
  28. Echo & The Bunnymen – Echo & The Bunnymen
    3 points
  29. 1: It is an interesting offer, but on this occasion I think I will politely decline. At the moment, the only thing I want to measure is the HT supply in my part-built valve output DAC, with the aim of finding out where it's going (as some of it appears not to be going where it ought to be). 2: As per comments posted elsewhere, can the trade members posting in this thread please be particularly wary of self-promotion when it veers notably off topic. There will not be excessive warnings from moderators, we will simply remove any posts that break the rules and repeated infringements will result in something else being removed. 3: All of this amply underlines Andrew's comment about measuring and listening, though even as someone who builds their own DIY stuff, I would rely primarily on listening in this context. The measurements may well show that my £20 FiiO matchbox-sized DAC is at least as good as, if not better than, my current valve DIY job, but it sure as hell doesn't sound as good.
    3 points
  30. The Art Of Noise - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy. CD
    3 points
  31. Thanks I'll take a look. Re the LAN cable I'll be using the WiFi connection as Auralic intended. I've had enough of messing about with fancy routers and optical connections, I've unplugged all of it and it's going into the classifieds.
    3 points
  32. One of my friends in my old village, sadly desceased last year, played guitar and recorded with a number of bands mainly in the seventies. We often discussed music. He was graciously interested in my guitars, playing and home recordings. Yet, he never showed much interest in audiophile matters, aside from a preference for analogue. I get the impression that there aren't many musicians who are audiophiles. Maybe, that's just because they can't afford expensive hifi gear, but I wonder if it's also because they can reconstuct the music in their heads from a few clues and don't need a high end stereo to spell it out for them. I recall my friend's active critical listening with intense concentration to my recordings. I find these things difficult to put into words, so I hope this doesn't come over badly. There's a detached trance like feeling that I get when listening to music is really good and all enveloping (no drugs involved). I suspect most of us have similar experiences. On rare and memorable occasions, it can be the same with playing guitar. I could tell you about a few instances of this that I can remember vividly in detail years and even decades later. For example one occasion in my garden on a still summer's evening or another during a band practice in an empty community hall. I even got it once just listening to the sound of the breeze in the trees while on holiday in Greece. A few years ago, I attended a guitar workshop conducted by an exceptional guitarist who played concerts all over the world. He asked the students if they had ever been to that place I described. Pretty well everyone there said it had happened to them, too. The guy said he went into that state a few minutes into every performance he gave and called it the lizard brain.
    3 points
  33. This seems like a topic designed to provoke a reaction.
    2 points
  34. Saint Etienne - I've been trying to tell you Qobuz
    2 points
  35. Tangerine Dream - The Sessions III. double vinyl......
    2 points
  36. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak ripped CD
    2 points
  37. Hegel or otherwise, he didn’t have a demo. Says he doesn’t have the money but was happy to loose money when he sold it. Regardless of what he said, If you are daft enough to part with £9300 without some sort of listen, I’d take no interest in his comments.
    2 points


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