George 47

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About George 47

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  • Birthday 01/04/1952

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  • Turn Table
    Voyd Ref 0.5
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME V/ IoII
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Audionote s2
  • Digital Source 1
    dCS Bridge
  • Digital Source 2
    AN CD4T
  • DAC
    Audionote DAC4.1x
  • Integrated Amp
    Nord One NC500DM
  • Pre-Amp
    Pass Labs XP22
  • Power Amp/s
    Pass Labs XA30.8
  • My Speakers
    Audionote E/HE
  • Headphones
    Stax 303
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Nice collection of horns and I am sure there must be a way to shift the image by 90 degrees. Very live sounding even on YouTube audio.
  2. Quite correct it was Floyd E Toole and others.
  3. No Covid masks needed as there has already been daylight robbery
  4. Bake-off at Gary's pad !!!!!!
  5. You are highlighting an issue with measuring. Measurements should be there to give an indication of the sound quality of the speaker. In the past some chose to model the goodness of a speaker by aiming for a flat frequency response (with a small error) when measured in an anechoic chamber. Unfortunately, that measurement may/does not mean that most people will like what the speakers sounds like in an anechoic chamber or a normal listening room. Some time after, Harmon with engineers like O'Toole and others found that when they played audio to real people they preferred the 'ski slope' response. Hence the confusion. Instead of determining what measurements give an indication of sound quality to real people early engineers did the best they could (Williamson in the 50s??). They have now become enshrined in tablets of salt. So speakers are measured in artifical anechoic chambers and a flat frequency response is aimed for. When listened in normal rooms by real people a ski slope is preferred. Unfortunately, it is not easy to meet both requirements without messing with the signal; digitising, reshaping the FR (and phase?), conversion back to analogue. Why not engineer the desired response in the first place? Guess.
  6. Thanks, did not know that. Got it through a 'friend'.
  7. For those not in the know; sometime ago I found a new minor planet. The Chair of the local astro society mentioned it on the local radio station. A quick call from the local newspaper got 'translated' into national newspapers and TV programmes with all sorts of sensational headlines. After it all died down I refound the object and was asked to name it. Of course, I named it JenSallit.....which got me brownie points....until Jen saw it was reported as JenSallit, discovered by George Sallit. The original planned lifetime of the mars craft was 90 days, not a bad real lifetime of over 2,000 days.
  8. OK. Try this paper: http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=16000 An explanation of what is happening is provided and a model produced describing how the bass frequency response changes as the materials age. Unfortunately behind a pay-wall. Or a more digestible set of thoughts from the Pro world: https://www.soundonsound.com/sound-advice/do-new-monitor-speakers-really-need-be-run-in#para3 There are many examples of speaker manufacturers describing the process, some with more technical details than others. And finally Wiki, which can sometimes not be that accurate, or it is guilty of misquoting. Not saying this article is or is not but a healh warning. The WHF article was meant to be a light piece of reasonable advice for newbies. If they quoted AES papers no-one would read them. Many print magazines have done customer surveys and people have uniformly said they want entertainment that is easy to read. People do not want to see charts, graphs, huge referenced articles but a good description of the product and how it sounded with some technical aspects. If you do not give the customers what they want you go bust. As Nelson Pass (designer of Pass Labs amplifiers) said we are all in the entertainment business. Maybe a problem of being succint. I have dabbled in physics.
  9. It is reasonable advice for newbies who may be tempted to jam speakers into bookshelves. Some speakers may need the materials used to be 'run-in', the rubbers/foams/glues. You need decent cables of which decent can mean many things but not tiny, thin wire that can't handle the power. And not nordost Odin II. Becuase you do not accpet speaker cables makes a differences does not mean that is the case for a lot of if not the majority of the market. This advice is for newbies.
  10. Dan, Could you let us know your location, part of the rules.
  11. Big Klipsch or JBLs can get you close with a pair of Macs 1Kw. Well close to being arrested for disturbing the neighbourhood.
  12. Julian, There are many tales of conductors who have many miles on the clock and have superb hearing. Including during rehearsals stopping the orchestra and pointing at a violinist and saying you are out of tune, not not that string the next one. HF no, experience yes......
  13. I have always been a fan of rock/pop music. Having seen bands in my teens such as Free, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Pink Floyd etc. I followed them and got an average hifi system I was enthralled with good sound. At Uni. we had a brilliant music team and I got to know the guy who booked them. Through him I got to see Wishbone Ash, Groundhogs from the side of the stage and got into the Crystal bowl concert performers tent with PF, etc. People were not too interested in audio but sort of understood why I wanted to hear the music on a good system. As my audio system got better I became interested in a wider range of music but always of the same genre. But later, as the system got better I dabbled in other forms of music but a lot of audio loving music was boring as hell and consisted of guys showing off and noodling for hours on a few musical themes. And then a friend bought some tickets to a classical concert at the Albert Hall. Jeez, it was big, powerful and really made things happen. Why did my system which measured well sound so boring with classical? Time for a lesson. So a complete change of audio was called for. No more hours studying charts and graphs, just listening. And getting sounds like those concerts I was going to. And sure enough when playing rock it also had real life, power and drama. Low THD, pure flat frequency response.....sod it. Without that drama, power and impact the music became boring. With some systems the singer might as well be reading the Reading telephone directory, not singing about the despair in their lives. Life is to short for boring music to quote an infamous Wammer. And then my job had me going to Vienna and I got to go to concerts every visit. Even what was 'boring' chamber music had real drama. Not with some systems I had owned that sounded polite and were complete dullsville. But soft jazz.....can't do it for me. Big band jazz...OK. But I want my soul strred not sent to sleep. So in my case it was in reverse, the music dictated my audio system and still does. Anyone want to but some stunningly recorded Peruvian nose flute music.......
  14. I can confirm I am biased.....
  15. It may be worth mentioning how long it is, 1m?