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Forum: Speakers   12-24-2016, 09:14 AM
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Views: 131
Posted By R Swerdlow
Based on my own experience with the Salk Veracity...

Based on my own experience with the Salk Veracity ST, I’d strongly recommend them. I've had mine since August. I’ve owned Salk SongTowers for over 9 years prior to the new speakers.

You...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-13-2016, 07:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 85
Posted By R Swerdlow
There's a reason those 3-4 feet long RCA leads on...

There's a reason those 3-4 feet long RCA leads on your turntable are hardwired. They don't want owners to use longer cables. Moving magnet pick ups generate low voltage signals, roughly 4-5 mV, and...
Forum: Speakers   11-26-2016, 06:41 AM
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Views: 366,380
Posted By R Swerdlow
Congrats on your new speakers. Phil 3s are among...

Congrats on your new speakers. Phil 3s are among the best I've ever heard. Enjoy them. I certainly enjoyed reading about your first experience with them :).

Put those M80s away for a good month...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-24-2016, 08:03 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
Thanks. It's a tough job, but someone has to...

Thanks.

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it :rolleyes:.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-24-2016, 06:58 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
Today is Thanksgiving Day. I hope everyone has a...

Today is Thanksgiving Day. I hope everyone has a wonderful day at whatever they planned. That includes meeting & feasting with family & friends, listening to music, relaxing, enjoying the holiday. ...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-24-2016, 05:39 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
You're probably right about that. A 68-78 dB...

You're probably right about that. A 68-78 dB dynamic range was a 'best case' answer. During the 1970s, it may have been closer to 60 dB.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-23-2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
I am old enough (bought my first & only turntable...

I am old enough (bought my first & only turntable in 1972) to remember very well my frustration about the highly variable, mainly lack of, realism in most LPs. It took me a number of years before I...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-23-2016, 11:03 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
I'm not that young :D. But I'm flattered you...

I'm not that young :D. But I'm flattered you felt like it needed explanation.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-23-2016, 08:01 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
Several posts have mentioned the "recent surge in...

Several posts have mentioned the "recent surge in sales of vinyl records". Its important to put that word "surge" in proper context.

Looking back as far as 1993:...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-21-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
A good list. CDs have greater dynamic range...

A good list.
CDs have greater dynamic range and much greater resolution than on vinyl.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-20-2016, 01:52 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,917
Posted By R Swerdlow
You both know the real reasons. ...

You both know the real reasons.

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Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-04-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 3,369
Posted By R Swerdlow
I have read them – and that's the problem. ...

I have read them – and that's the problem.

Because the blind test results conflict with your beliefs, you conclude that the test methods are flawed, not your beliefs. That's as convoluted as...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-04-2016, 01:42 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 3,369
Posted By R Swerdlow
Why speculate when you can test this? Do...

Why speculate when you can test this? Do identical listening tests, one blinded and one sighted, and compare the results. Toole & Olive did just that years ago. They conclusively showed that...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-04-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 3,369
Posted By R Swerdlow
Thanks for clarifying that. Reading and...

Thanks for clarifying that.

Reading and trying to understand all these posts can make my head hurt.
It can be like claiming that MC Escher's drawings prove that gravity doesn't exist :D.
...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-04-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 3,369
Posted By R Swerdlow
What is the source of this quote? Others have...

What is the source of this quote? Others have repeatedly asked this same question.
You provided this source in the same post as above, with the unspoken implication that it was related to the quote...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-27-2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 3,369
Posted By R Swerdlow
Thanks for posting that nearly 30 year old...

Thanks for posting that nearly 30 year old article from the late Tom Nousaine. It's worth repeating from time to time.

The last paragraph in that article said:No one has ever produced a...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-15-2016, 12:38 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 1,747
Posted By R Swerdlow
I don't miss understand your point – I disagree...

I don't miss understand your point – I disagree with it.
Objective clinical trials of experimental drugs is a goal, required by US law. Some cases allow objective medical assessment of the outcome...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-15-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 1,747
Posted By R Swerdlow
It depends on the drug and the type of condition...

It depends on the drug and the type of condition it is meant to treat. Cancer drugs are rarely tested in trials larger than 100-500 patients, often much less. Those trials usually have a placebo or...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-14-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 1,747
Posted By R Swerdlow
In the OP's hypothetical example, 1 listener out...

In the OP's hypothetical example, 1 listener out of 100 could hear a difference. When the sample size is 100, the margin of error will be large, 10% (see the graph below). In this case the signal...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-13-2016, 02:13 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 1,747
Posted By R Swerdlow
For your test to have useful and valid...

For your test to have useful and valid conclusions, several things are missing – control tests and statistical analysis.

Your hypothetical example, where 1 listener out of 100 reports hearing...
Forum: Speakers   08-28-2016, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 200
Posted By R Swerdlow
I am very familiar with Salk speakers. I own...

I am very familiar with Salk speakers. I own SongTowers (standard ST with ¾" dome tweeter), and have recently bought Veracity STs (VST) with the 6" magnesium alloy woofers and the RAAL ribbon...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-26-2016, 09:11 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 5,841
Posted By R Swerdlow
I'd say the opposite. I doubt listeners could...

I'd say the opposite. I doubt listeners could hear 1 dB difference, especially around the frequency range of 10 kHz.

jaddie, Glimmie, Bill, and others have all made good points. I'll add one...
Forum: Speakers   08-10-2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9,786
Views: 966,601
Posted By R Swerdlow
Dennis Murphy is the engineer & designer for...

Dennis Murphy is the engineer & designer for nearly all of Salk’s speakers. He was an economist and a musician, and became a self-taught speaker designer, and especially good a crossover design. He...
Forum: Speakers   08-10-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 9,786
Views: 966,601
Posted By R Swerdlow
What kind of speaker do you have in mind? ...

What kind of speaker do you have in mind?

Dennis is also an active classical musician. He plays violin and viola in local Washington DC area orchestras. He is also the very best speaker designer...
Forum: Speakers   08-10-2016, 07:13 AM
Replies: 9,786
Views: 966,601
Posted By R Swerdlow
Thanks for the Aaron Copland spell check. What...

Thanks for the Aaron Copland spell check. What instrument? Trumpet?

No pictures yet, other than those from Jim Salk shown higher up on this page. This weekend, I'll take some photos in decent...
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