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Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   01-30-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 298
Posted By mcnarus
The component that will have the most direct...

The component that will have the most direct effect on the quality of the sound you hear is the speakers. Put as much of your budget into them as possible.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-13-2016, 02:18 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,405
Posted By mcnarus
Possibly. The expensive rig could do a better job...

Possibly. The expensive rig could do a better job of speed regulation (i.e., lower wow and flutter). It might be better insulated from ambient and internal vibrations (e.g., rumble). And the tonearm...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-13-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,405
Posted By mcnarus
Possibly, but maybe not. I agree that they...

Possibly, but maybe not. I agree that they probably won't sell too many units, but at $4K they may not have to sell that many units to turn a profit. And if they cut the price to $1K, they might not...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-19-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 363
Posted By mcnarus
First of all, notice that the experiment you're...

First of all, notice that the experiment you're citing is NOT blind. The test subject always knows what he's listening to. So this phenomenon affects sighted listening as well, and it's a real...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-23-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By mcnarus
Let's just say that a "one-year" subscription...

Let's just say that a "one-year" subscription lasted somewhat longer than one year.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-23-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By mcnarus
Peter Aczel Hangs Up His Spurs

The great scourge of the high-end phonies has decided to ride off into the sunset at last:

http://www.theaudiocritic.com

For those of you who don't know him, Peter published a quarterly audio...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-30-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 908
Posted By mcnarus
No, that's not what I was trying to say. Stealing...

No, that's not what I was trying to say. Stealing music is wrong, because stealing is wrong. It doesn't matter how much or how little money it takes out of artists' pockets.

But while it's bad, it...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   03-25-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 103
Posted By mcnarus
You should be able to. Your turntable has a...

You should be able to. Your turntable has a built-in phono preamp. If you engage that, you can feed directly into the amps in your Mackies.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-23-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 908
Posted By mcnarus
I don't want to defend theft, but it's not quite...

I don't want to defend theft, but it's not quite as bad as that. Most artists have never made much money on recordings. For them, the real money, such as it is, is in performing.

And let's not...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-20-2015, 07:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 908
Posted By mcnarus
For comparison, share of industry revenues: ...

For comparison, share of industry revenues:

Downloads: 37%
Physical: 32%
Streaming: 27%

Physical is about 90% CD, 10% LP by revenue. By units, it's closer to 95% CD.

Overall industry...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-02-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 887
Views: 15,158
Posted By mcnarus
Yes, I can answer your question.

Yes, I can answer your question.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-02-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 887
Views: 15,158
Posted By mcnarus
Oh, quit trolling. It's all been explained here...

Oh, quit trolling. It's all been explained here many times. If you don't know by now, the only reasonable conclusion is that you don't want to know.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-27-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 887
Views: 15,158
Posted By mcnarus
Not, as you say, if the Sony is functioning...

Not, as you say, if the Sony is functioning properly. If you really want to improve your sound, "upgrading" DACs is not the way to do it.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-27-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 887
Views: 15,158
Posted By mcnarus
No. It really doesn't matter which DAC...

No.


It really doesn't matter which DAC you use. Therefore, it really doesn't matter which connection method you use.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-17-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 451
Posted By mcnarus
No. Also no. The advantage of the...

No.


Also no.

The advantage of the Oppo is that it plays other kinds of media than just CDs, including greater-than-16-bit media. But if you're playing CDs, you get the same 16 bits whatever...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-15-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 451
Posted By mcnarus
Lumpy: Upgrading your amplification and CD...

Lumpy:

Upgrading your amplification and CD player will probably* not result in better sound, no matter how good your hearing is. The major determinants of sound quality are your speakers, the room...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-13-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 760
Posted By mcnarus
I'd guess this was largely the fault of the...

I'd guess this was largely the fault of the vinyl, not the table. Cleaning the vinyl might help. But depending on the caliber of the table/cartridge your dad was using and how fastidious he was,...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-09-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2,362
Views: 125,397
Posted By mcnarus
It has nothing necessarily to do with a decision....

It has nothing necessarily to do with a decision. It merely confirms something you were predisposed to believe for some reason. Most of us are predisposed to the idea that more expensive items are...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-05-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 7,736
Posted By mcnarus
It's not much good being an "objectivist" if...

It's not much good being an "objectivist" if you're determined to remain willfully ignorant of basic science. There is virtually never "mathematical proof that there are no electrical changes."...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-03-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By mcnarus
Did someone say something?

Did someone say something?
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-03-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By mcnarus
Krabapple is right: The OP belongs on ignore.

Krabapple is right: The OP belongs on ignore.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-30-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 10,871
Posted By mcnarus
Of course. Here's experimental evidence....

Of course. Here's experimental evidence. (http://seanolive.blogspot.com/2009/04/dishonesty-of-sighted-audio-product.html)


The problem here is that you are (unknowingly) misusing the scientific...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By mcnarus
That's not quite what I'm trying to say. About...

That's not quite what I'm trying to say. About some of your options, I'm asking you (by challenging you a bit) whether you really want "to get involved in this." I'm trying to get you to think about...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By mcnarus
Probably, but almost everybody does. If you're...

Probably, but almost everybody does. If you're happy with your speakers, it's OK to splurge a bit on an amp.

My general advice on vinyl is, if you don't already have a record collection, you...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,647
Posted By mcnarus
Turntables can cost $250 or $25,000. You really...

Turntables can cost $250 or $25,000. You really need to narrow down how much you want to spend before people can give you good advice.

Also, turntables generally come with their own interconnects,...
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