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Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-19-2014, 12:28 PM
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Posted By Friendly Fire
Excellent point notbananas! The very closest to...

Excellent point notbananas! The very closest to live I've heard from any stereo was all acoustic jazz quartet on a direct to disc album, MC cartridge and tube amp and preamp.

Pop music is so...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-12-2014, 08:23 AM
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Views: 23,055
Posted By Friendly Fire
The Sonjas look very cool, you can see what they...

The Sonjas look very cool, you can see what they are up to with their cabinet design. Some good design work.

Someone in this thread mentioned Rolexes. They tell time, but not as well as a $50...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-12-2014, 07:21 AM
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Views: 23,055
Posted By Friendly Fire
Way back in the day when subwoofers were nearly...

Way back in the day when subwoofers were nearly unheard of, we used to speak of 'cabinet resonance' coloring the sound and hence damping the listening experience of stereo speakers. The argument was...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-12-2014, 06:25 AM
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Views: 23,055
Posted By Friendly Fire
My beef with dealers is when speakers just do not...

My beef with dealers is when speakers just do not sound good, and really I mean they do not sound exceptional, too many invoke the 'burn in' defense. OK, I am dropping $30K on a pair of rosewood...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   10-12-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 18,689
Views: 1,499,445
Posted By Friendly Fire
I pass the video from my Dish Hopper through the...

I pass the video from my Dish Hopper through the 103 via HDMI for video processing. The result, while not as good as Blu-ray is a nice improvement over the Hopper's signal going through the DVR and...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-11-2014, 05:22 PM
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Views: 23,055
Posted By Friendly Fire
With the weather all a twitter with Climate...

With the weather all a twitter with Climate Change perhaps another brand of speaker would be in order. I really do not what to have to wait for a high pressure cell to move in so I can listen to my...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-11-2014, 04:51 PM
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Views: 23,055
Posted By Friendly Fire
I would buy some of that if I was installing the...

I would buy some of that if I was installing the speakers on Pluto where the ambient temperature and humidity are very different from what I would expect in the Focal factory. And let's say the...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-11-2014, 03:44 PM
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Views: 23,055
Posted By Friendly Fire
Amen. If speakers really must be burned in to...

Amen. If speakers really must be burned in to sound right, that should be done in the factory or the showroom before the customer hauls them out. My guess is most customers get used to the speakers...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-11-2014, 03:23 PM
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Views: 23,055
Posted By Friendly Fire
Mark, 25 years ago the SQ difference between...

Mark,

25 years ago the SQ difference between high end and average consumer gear was substantial, but that has changed. Like computers, audio technology and I think better understanding of how to...
Forum: Latest Industry News   05-13-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 1,393
Views: 63,618
Posted By Friendly Fire
The barrier to streaming as a dominant media is...

The barrier to streaming as a dominant media is the internet infrastructure itself -- much of the nation still has broadband that is not streaming worthy especially cable modems at peak times. A lot...
Forum: Latest Industry News   05-08-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 35,187
Posted By Friendly Fire
OLED without 4K is a non-starter for me, and the...

OLED without 4K is a non-starter for me, and the curved screen really sinks the boat. The top LED TV's are darned good and a fraction of the price. I'll check back again in 2 years.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   05-08-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Forgive me if this has been addressed, but in my...

Forgive me if this has been addressed, but in my experience different rigs do better on different types of music. I owned an old tube monoblock rig with short cables to Fried speakers and a powered...
Forum: Latest Industry News   05-04-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 1,393
Views: 63,618
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by imagic http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1530039/sony-blames-blu-ray-for-bag-of-hurt/330#post_24682457)


Also, a...
Forum: Latest Industry News   05-04-2014, 03:33 PM
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Views: 63,618
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by vinnie97 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1530039/sony-blames-blu-ray-for-bag-of-hurt#post_24674856)

^Yea, but you're satisfied...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-29-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by stegen http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1527138/is-high-end-audio-obsolete/1020#post_24662625)

I would like to know more about...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-29-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by mcnarus http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1527138/is-high-end-audio-obsolete/1020#post_24662541)

It is an excellent way to do...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-29-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
That is fair -- if I don't like it out of the...

That is fair -- if I don't like it out of the box I probably won't like it burned in, but the point would be moot if burn in wasn't necessary.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-29-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by arnyk http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1527138/is-high-end-audio-obsolete/1020#post_24662290)

They don't say what they are...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-29-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by OmarF http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1527138/is-high-end-audio-obsolete/1020#post_24662194)

Hey, even a $100k car needs to be...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-29-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by OmarF http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1527138/is-high-end-audio-obsolete/1020#post_24662061)

Well...there would be evidence...
Forum: Video Processors   04-28-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8,189
Views: 638,656
Posted By Friendly Fire
I agree, the effect is subtle. To use taste as...

I agree, the effect is subtle. To use taste as an analogy -- Darbee is not salt or sweet, but more of an umami -- hard to describe but when it is there the experience is more satisfying. It is not...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-28-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Thanks -- it is a puzzle. I was a bit...

Thanks -- it is a puzzle. I was a bit disappointed by the ZVOX at first, I put the 550 downstairs in the exercise room once I realized I had enough room for the 580. At first I though there was less...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-28-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
I don't have a spectrum analyzer. I hear it on...

I don't have a spectrum analyzer. I hear it on the jazz station Sirius 66, the deep bass notes stand out more. I've changed nothing on my end, but Sirius could have done something on theirs. So it...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-28-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by RobertR http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1527138/is-high-end-audio-obsolete/990#post_24658271)

That sort of thing really does...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   04-28-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 94,419
Posted By Friendly Fire
[quote name="OmarF"...

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It's not that the Arcam was that fabulous, or that the Levinson was that bad. They both sounded very nice. But my...
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