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Forum: Speakers   10-19-2014, 09:57 PM
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Posted By beaveav
That is completely laughable, certified grade A...

That is completely laughable, certified grade A pseudo-scientific bunk. :) I give AQ credit for one thing: having a good creative writer on staff.
Forum: Speakers   10-19-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 6,854
Posted By beaveav
Well, I'm not a DAC designer; I'm a board-level...

Well, I'm not a DAC designer; I'm a board-level designer who implements DACs into products. And those products have sold far more than I'm going to tell. So I'm not only a 'hobbyist,' I'm an...
Forum: Speakers   10-19-2014, 04:35 PM
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Posted By beaveav
Guilty as charged there. You make good points. ...

Guilty as charged there. You make good points. The Ascend tower build quality is very nice, but the PSB Synchrony series (and likely the Imagine T3) are more than just very nice - they're...
Forum: Speakers   10-18-2014, 06:47 PM
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Posted By beaveav
I seriously doubt that. OK, given that saying...

I seriously doubt that. OK, given that saying things like "three times better" is a completely subjective thing to say, I would guess they new T3s beat the Ascend towers easily in low bass, and may...
Forum: Speakers   10-17-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 763
Posted By beaveav
^You need a 'stronger cognitive mind,' whatever...

^You need a 'stronger cognitive mind,' whatever that is. :)
Forum: Speakers   10-17-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 6,854
Posted By beaveav
Unsubscribed? Again? Until tomorrow no doubt. ...

Unsubscribed? Again? Until tomorrow no doubt. :rolleyes:
Forum: Speakers   10-17-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 1,949
Posted By beaveav
Audio-only system: Electronics: $500 ...

Audio-only system:
Electronics: $500
Speakers: $2500
Cables: Power cords were free, interconnects were free, speaker wire cost me $10.
Total: 10/(3010) = 0.3%

Audio-Video System:
Electronics:...
Forum: Speakers   10-17-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 6,854
Posted By beaveav
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruge...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect
Forum: Speakers   10-16-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 6,854
Posted By beaveav
Being an EE, he *should* know better. But...

Being an EE, he *should* know better. But learning about psychoacoustics is not part of the EE curriculum, so it's understandable that he's unaware how to perform proper listening tests that remove...
Forum: Speakers   10-16-2014, 04:05 PM
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Posted By beaveav
You have classic three's and two subs? And...

You have classic three's and two subs? And you're thinking of buying a pair of classic fours? I would much rather have threes + subs than fours. The fours are just threes with subs built in, but...
Forum: Speakers   10-15-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 6,854
Posted By beaveav
Absolutely. Some cables can keep tempo on the...

Absolutely. Some cables can keep tempo on the kick drum WAY better than others can. Cheap cables hit it off time and don't hit it consistently from one beat to the next. But good cables? Oh,...
Forum: Speakers   10-15-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 763
Posted By beaveav
Yes, agreed. It's not my intent to dissuade...

Yes, agreed. It's not my intent to dissuade people from trying to be as objective as possible in such comparisons. I applaud the effort. I'm merely pointing out how difficult it can be to do it...
Forum: Speakers   10-15-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 763
Posted By beaveav
I'm a big proponent of blind testing, but with...

I'm a big proponent of blind testing, but with speakers, it's extremely difficult to do.

First, where do you place the speakers? Side by side? If so, then their placement isn't the same and...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-14-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By beaveav
Because the NAD sales & marketing people...

Because the NAD sales & marketing people determined customers would be willing to pay the price they charge. If they turn out to be wrong on that, sales will disappoint and/or the price will go down.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-13-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,586
Posted By beaveav
Dang, I got it wrong. Thanks for setting me...

Dang, I got it wrong. Thanks for setting me straight. When I took that class in grad school, "Effects of Astrophysics on Acoustics," I only passed because I bought some LSD for the professor.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-13-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,586
Posted By beaveav
5. Keeps amp at least two feet farther away from...

5. Keeps amp at least two feet farther away from the sun, to reduce effects of solar radiation on sound quality.
6. Keeps amp at lower elevation, where air pressure is higher and electrons don't...
Forum: Speakers   10-11-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5,789
Views: 694,327
Posted By beaveav
The Sync Ones started out at $4500/pair, then...

The Sync Ones started out at $4500/pair, then moved to $5000/pair, then finally $5500/pair before the closeout at around $4200/pair. But even when the MSRP was $5500/pair, one could still get them...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-11-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 840
Views: 39,723
Posted By beaveav
And I'm sure you level-matched your comparisons...

And I'm sure you level-matched your comparisons and did them double-blinded, right?
Forum: Speakers   10-11-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 249
Posted By beaveav
I agree with SyntheticShrimp. My guess is that...

I agree with SyntheticShrimp. My guess is that they got such rave reviews - coupled with the reasonably affordable price, and the good re-selling price - that a ton of people bought them just to try...
Forum: Speakers   10-11-2014, 01:57 PM
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Posted By beaveav
Wow, $7498 for a pair of the T3's? I was...

Wow, $7498 for a pair of the T3's? I was guessing they'd be around $6k. They sure appear to be a really nice speaker, but that's getting pricey by PSB standards. :eek:
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-08-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 689
Views: 21,346
Posted By beaveav
Well, since most of us understand that speakers...

Well, since most of us understand that speakers can and do sound different, his claim is at least plausible. Your hypothetical claim about an expensive cable sounding night and day better goes...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-08-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 689
Views: 21,346
Posted By beaveav
My apologies to Amir. I speed-read several pages...

My apologies to Amir. I speed-read several pages and missed that.

On the other hand, this means Amir knowingly threw a red herring into the discussion and admitted doing so. Not very scientific,...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-08-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 689
Views: 21,346
Posted By beaveav
You're SO right, Amir. I mean, after all, these...

You're SO right, Amir. I mean, after all, these guys are just audio writers. We can't expect them to be capable of handling complex measurements such as these. :rolleyes:

You know, even a...
Forum: Speakers   10-08-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 5,789
Views: 694,327
Posted By beaveav
Thanks for the news. Those T3 towers look very...

Thanks for the news. Those T3 towers look very nice, but they're physically larger than I would prefer - they're bigger than my Sync Ones by a good amount. Looks like they're nearly full-range...
Forum: Speakers   10-07-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10,333
Views: 1,381,231
Posted By beaveav
I just saw there's a pair of rosenut RX1s listed...

I just saw there's a pair of rosenut RX1s listed on eBay.
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