Non-Smoking Man

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  • Birthday 14/05/1949

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    Lancing, W. Sussex
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    Jack lambert

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  • Turn Table
    TD124, 401, Cran Roc
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Act0.5, Shilabe
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Iota Signature
  • Digital Source 1
  • Digital Source 2
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    Ayre Evolution
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    300B, Cary, Monarchy
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    Jantzen TQWT
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Giving this a go at the moment - Hugh Lawrie's in it. That's a good starter for 10. Jack NSM
  2. Just 10 out of 40. I must get hold of a copy of Purple Rain.. I'm mostly Bebop and Blues, which explains it. Good thread Greybeard. Jack
  3. In this context 'active' means powered (almost always from the mains). 'Passive' means not powered. The thing that is either powered or not powered is the speaker crossover which divides the whole frequency range into different levels. This is needed because the drivers in any given speaker are designed to handle a specific frequency (large drivers handle bass, tiny drivers handle upper frequencies etc) and would sound bad or blow up if fed with an inappropriate signal. In addition crossovers can be skewed at certain frequencies to handle anomalies in the cabinets to provide (a goal) a 'flat frequency response'. A flat frequency response is merely an even representation of the original recording without any undue emphasis. Active crossovers can be enclosed in the cabinet itself or, for DIY speakers, can be purchased in a separate box with dials to adjust the frequencies for each driver and the volume for each level. Typically in a DIY (often horns but not necessarily) system amps and drivers will come from different manufacturers and need 'matching' to achieve that 'even' sound and same volume from each driver - that is the goal. The crossover sees the whole signal and divides it up, sending the different bits to the appropriate amp. Its source > crossover > amp > driver (speaker). We could stop there. But I choose to highlight related on if you like.. Analogue and digital active crossovers: this is more advanced and where it gets more 'theoretical'. Basically they have the same job description as above but digital converts the signal to better manipulate it - they are able to fix anomalies in the speakers in a more comprehensive way (correct time delays between drivers say). Analogue devotees, (who have turntables rather than CD, or streaming devices (which are already in the digital format))' regard the changing from analogue to digital and back again to proceed through the system, as illogical and harmful to the sound. Broadly speaking supporters of digital crossovers (who will use the term DSP = digital signal processing) will also recommend other digital devices to measure and correct room anomalies. As a clan these 'Measurists', as I call them, would favour instruments and their measurements to assess and evaluate hifi kit over actual listening. As a generalisation, to support their allegiance Measurists downplay the ability of listeners and their senses (ears) to accurately assess replay systems appealing to various psychology tests and concepts to back their views up (e.g., so-called 'confirmation bias') and instruments to do their listening for them. They are reliable. Humans arent. Opponents of the measurement school, simply think that they can hear any differences in equipment, drawing on experience, and with the use of simple scientific methodolgy of changing one thing at a time and trusting their senses to spot not only differences but improvements (and disappointments). Often verification is provided by having a second opinion on hand. A middle ground is where the theory and measurement is backed up by listening tests. This is what the HiFi World magazine editorial staff recommend (led by Noel Keywood) - they have some of the most advanced equipment available and keen experienced ears to match. Are they biased towards their advertisers or otherwise swayed? Hard to say.. But one internet hifi review site that I like is TNT Audio, which has a good deal of Italian input run by Geoff Husband, who delight in their independence, guaranteed by excluding all advertising and engaging enthusiastic amateurs to do their reviewing. Ive strayed a bit from the remit, but I was on a roll..haha... Jack NSM
  4. Im firmly in the '2' camp John. I must declare Ive never had one so i have no direct experience of what they can do (which should rule me out of contributing), except what Ive heard from yours in the last few days. I would take advantage of their high value to collectors and put money towards an arm that can handle a better cartridge, e.g., a moving coil as they sound better and are less noisy. A third option, which I mentioned to you in conversation, is to go for a plinth that's compatible with a medium to high mass 12" arm and see if that floats your boat. You could then sample the delights of low compliance Ortofons, EMTs, Miyajimas and the like. That might prove to be the 'less hifi - greater musicality' route..? Jack NSM
  5. You seem hell bent on destroying what was becoming an interesting and wideranging thread. It was going like a rocket this morning and attracting all the right people. Then I have to diffuse a row between you and Lindsay which was totally unnecessary. And to cap it all you are inviting the rest of us to sling our hooks if we dont see horns the way you do. Fair enough. Jack
  6. As soon as you publish a thread its no longer 'yours', its public. Anyway you are the one responsible for the digression (s).
  7. I tried the Zweig film. I got about 15 mins in, then skipped forward, and gave up shortly afterwards. Too slow, too psychologically halfbaked, mostly unverifiable musings about motivation for collecting records. Actually I have met a lot of collectors because I do record fairs (as a seller). They are different to hifi people. They have different goals to us. But they dont strike me as batty, no more than someone who spends an inordinate amount of time and money on equipment. Its a free world. A big interest in buying and keeping records is far less harmful than drink, drugs and gambling. Ive seen all that - its not pretty. Jack
  8. We have travelled a bit since the opening question which related to the quest for 'Affordable Horns' (The thread is none the worse for expanding into philosophy (if that's not too grand a word for it..) But, back to 'affordability' what about Simon Mears' builds? He is somewhat derivative inasmuch that his speaker (beautifully crafted) reminds one of the non cornerloaded Klipsch designs, but it might qualify as 'affordable'..? Jack
  9. 'All' seems to be a stumbling block here..
  10. I see Phil (HifiNut) is paying this thread some attention and so it occurred to me to ask myself the question 'how would we define the Impulse H1 and H2?' (Phil owns one or other of these and I have long been following these models round the forums and on Ebay since the famous Jimmy Hughes review in Hifi Answers magazine.) Come on Tuga - these have to be included in our thread as legitimate horn speakers or we will have no readership..! Jack
  11. One solution to the domestic problem of huge bass horns is the (Danley) tapped horn. They combine domestic acceptability (go in corners) but require DSP to time align. Digital time alignment is acceptable, nay desirable to some, but me, Eddie Baby and Romy The Cat are dead against it in analogue playback.
  12. Tuga - but the Nano, for example, might be the only way a male hifi consumer can get ANY horns into the house (WAF). (That is shockingly sexist I know..) At least the use of a direct radiator (which has a wider bandwith than the equivalent horn) can do the job of 2 bass horns over the same frequency solving the real estate problem. Pragmatics...! Jack
  13. Speedracer has the 45 rpm 'Time Out' (I presume there's only one). Its jolly good. Close second is the double album, original press, called 'Time Further Out'. (Similar cover) Thats got all the music from the single album and more.. Jack
  14. Calm down please.. This thread is getting good and I dont think we should start a fresh 'hybrid' thread. There's no need for acrimony - horn fans should stick together. Jack