Originally Posted by Possumgirl
That movie cost me some coin.
I had been trying to convince myself that my "starter" 5.1 set was good enough. Worked until I put Phantom
in the player. A few weeks later I had myself real speakers.
IMHO, digital audio was the best thing to happen to HiFi. Like everything else it had its "debugging" phase which caused some hardware to be retired early.
Originally Posted by Jed1
Actually from a scientific point woman have better hearing than men so you ladies will get a better experience with the lossless surround sound than guys do. It was explained to me that men can hear up to about 12000 cycles per second and women up to 18000 cycles per second. The guy I bought my first HDTV from told me this as he was a RCA field technician from the late 1960s. RCA had complaints from females that they can hear a buzzing noise coming from their new RCA TVs. But every service call he went to he could not hear the buzzing. This became a widespread complaint and when the engineers looked into it they found that the newly designed transformer was buzzing. They had to get the women working at RCA to help find the problem and if the replacement transformer solved the problem as the engineers could not hear the buzzing neither.
What brought this subject up that he was receiving complaints from the women of the households that bought the DLP TVs as they were annoyed at the high pitched whine the color wheel made.
As I mentioned a while back, we still have my husband's college system from 1978 in the Midlife Crisis room. It still works. But I can't listen to it for very long. It even bothered me back then, but there was no alternative. Now, happily, there is.
The Nakamichi 700 has enhanced Dolby NR, but the tape hiss is still plenty audible. Dolby helped, but also compromised the treble. I thought the noise reduction method was primitive even back then.
The HK ST-7 has audible rumble. Every turntable does. And no LP is perfectly flat or has the hole perfectly centered.
Now I can't tell the difference between Dolby 5.1, SDDS, THX, or whatever. But anyone with normal hearing could pick up tape hiss or rumble. Digital audio solved all those problems.
When I bought my first VCR in 1982 ($300), I couldn't wait for a consumer device that recorded video to disk. I was in the computer business and knew the technology was coming. I never liked any
tapes - cassette, VHS, 9-track (computer) - any of them. They stretch. They break. They wear out. And no random access
- even an LP had that
Now, there are audio purists who feel that digital audio lacks the "fullness" of an LP played on a high-quality analog system. There was even an article in yesterday's paper about it:
What do you know? All you need is a $10,000 turntable fitted with a $5,000 cartridge!. No problem, right?
I wonder if possumgirl payed that much.Edited by mac24 - 7/14/13 at 11:09am