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Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-17-2014, 03:13 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
+1 The relevant question, it seems to me,...

+1

The relevant question, it seems to me, is, how do you evaluate speakers? I see two ways:

1) Look at measurements. (N.B., specs are not measurements.) Not ideal, but a speaker that can't even...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-17-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 377
Posted By mcnarus
I dunno. Depends on the room. :)

I dunno. Depends on the room. :)
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-17-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 377
Posted By mcnarus
Then don't try. There's no point. The terms have...

Then don't try. There's no point. The terms have no fixed meaning, and are often used to describe differences between things that are objectively identical. That goes for "musical subwoofer," too, by...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   09-16-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 77
Posted By mcnarus
There is nothing in that price range that...

There is nothing in that price range that compares to the AT120. What have you read negative about it?
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-16-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By mcnarus
Wherever you read that, don't read it anymore. It...

Wherever you read that, don't read it anymore. It is written by idiots.


As FMW said, the 80W is a maximum, not a minimum, and even then it doesn't mean much. It's just a big number put on the...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-16-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By mcnarus
No, the amp's not the problem. Part of the...

No, the amp's not the problem. Part of the problem is that in-ceiling speakers are designed to be put in ceilings, not listened to in free space. The only way to really know how they'll sound is to...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-14-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By mcnarus
And emphasize the importance of the center...

And emphasize the importance of the center channel. That's where almost all the dialog is, which I presume is what he has the most trouble hearing. And it will be much clearer coming from one speaker...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   09-14-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 135
Posted By mcnarus
The LP120 is pretty much your best option....

The LP120 is pretty much your best option. Anything cheaper would be severely compromised. Despite the vinyl "boom," turntables are still specialty items made in small quantities, and that's never...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-11-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 572
Posted By mcnarus
More generally, the principle is that if you want...

More generally, the principle is that if you want to test one thing, you have to keep all other things constant. And in any listening test, one thing that is absolutely NOT constant is—us. If you...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-11-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By mcnarus
Given the circumstances, I would think that...

Given the circumstances, I would think that nothing would be more advantageous than a properly placed center channel.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-11-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 572
Posted By mcnarus
True, and that will definitely apply to your own...

True, and that will definitely apply to your own listening room. But will it apply to every hall in which you've heard a particular instrument? I've no evidence for this, but my gut sense is that...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-10-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 572
Posted By mcnarus
There's a fair bit of evidence that even experts...

There's a fair bit of evidence that even experts can't tell a Stradivarius from a modern violin.

Also, just as you never hear a speaker without also hearing the room, you never hear a violin...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-10-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By mcnarus
If all is well, why are you changing anything?...

If all is well, why are you changing anything? (Also, what do you mean by multichannel stereo? That phrase is either redundant or contradictory, depending on what you mean by "stereo.")


Yes,...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-10-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 572
Posted By mcnarus
You can distinguish voices over a telephone line....

You can distinguish voices over a telephone line.

But if you can't distinguish between audio cables, your system isn't resolving enough.

Clear? :)
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-05-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 576
Posted By mcnarus
As A9X says, speakers are the dominant factor. By...

As A9X says, speakers are the dominant factor. By that logic spending more than half of your (midpoint) budget on an amplifier makes little sense. (And I say that as a very happy owner of a Rotel...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   09-03-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 821
Views: 36,200
Posted By mcnarus
Which is your choice. Our advice is that you...

Which is your choice.

Our advice is that you generally shouldn't value the observations of others, because such observations tell you nothing about the equipment; they only tell you about the...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   09-02-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 821
Views: 36,200
Posted By mcnarus
Sure: People can hear a difference between...

Sure:

People can hear a difference between DACs, anybody who doesn't believe that is an idiot... Until it was proven otherwise.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-02-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 5,382
Posted By mcnarus
Depends on whether the penny has been...

Depends on whether the penny has been cryogenically treated.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   09-02-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 821
Views: 36,200
Posted By mcnarus
Because we don't have to, any more than we have...

Because we don't have to, any more than we have to test every human on the planet to say that no one can hear to 30 kHz. That's what science is—a set of general principles based on empirical...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-02-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,192
Posted By mcnarus
They seem to be saying the same thing to me....

They seem to be saying the same thing to me. What's your problem?
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   09-02-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 821
Views: 36,200
Posted By mcnarus
Well, sure you did, but here's the thing: Match...

Well, sure you did, but here's the thing: Match their output levels exactly, put a cloth over the front of them, and Pete Seeger will suddenly be in exactly the same place.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-02-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,088
Posted By mcnarus
My apologies. I did not mean to offend. I let my...

My apologies. I did not mean to offend. I let my frustration get the better of me.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-01-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,088
Posted By mcnarus
Sigh. Another hopeless case.

Sigh. Another hopeless case.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-01-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,088
Posted By mcnarus
The thing to remember about listening tests is...

The thing to remember about listening tests is that there are only two possible outcomes:

1) Subject(s) reliably heard a difference.

2) Subject(s) failed to reliably hear a difference.

If...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   08-31-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 821
Views: 36,200
Posted By mcnarus
Sez you, and you might be right. But the field is...

Sez you, and you might be right. But the field is replete with cases where the differences were not subtle until the moment they were discovered not to exist at all. Hence the skepticism.
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