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post #421 of 595
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I didn't mention that AIX Records is having a "Two for One" Christmas Special through the end of the year. Just visit the website and click on the little picture of Santa and you'll get the information.

Basically, if you purchase $100 or more, you can choose another $100 worth of titles and get them without additional cost...including the shipping. You do have to list them in the comments section of the order process...it's probably too late to get them out in time for Christmas but we'll try.

We'll also do gift certificates if you call the studio.

Have a great holiday season! And thanks for the support this past year.
post #422 of 595
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Happy New Year to my friends here on AVS Forum. Just a reminder that our two for 1 special is ending tomorrow. If you would like to take advantage of this great deal (the first time we've ever done it), head to our website and make your selections.

See you all in 2011!

Dr. AIX
post #423 of 595
Quick Question...

What Db is reference level on my receiver? I have the Denon 4800 and usually listen at -10 or -15.

When calibrating using the AIX test tones what should I set the receivers volume at?

I just set the sound meter to 80db and then turn the receiver's volume up or down until I hit 0 on the meter. Then I calibrate each speaker to 0 on the meter which is 80db. I set the sub the same because I don't run it a few db hot.

Is this the correct way to go about doing this?

I always thought 75db was the target number but that could be anywhere if I don't know what to set the receivers volume at. Maybe 00 is reference but that was screaming trying to calibrate using the test tones on the disc.
post #424 of 595
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You're doing it correctly. The Dolby standard for listening is 83 dB so you're in the ballpark. As long as they are all the same, you're good.
post #425 of 595
Wow.. Thanks for the quick reply.

So if I set each speaker at 83db while my AVR's volume is at -15, -15 will be the reference level for watching movies at my home? Anything louder or lower would be OK but not ideal?
post #426 of 595
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Right...it might be a little loud depending on how you like to listen to music.
post #427 of 595
I just realized this was a music thread. Is this all the same setup for watching Blu Ray movies?
post #428 of 595
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yes
post #429 of 595
Doc
I have been on your website the last 2 days because I wanted to listen to the AIX calibration disc contained in my Oppo 83 one more time.
I retired the BK ref 50 for a Cary 11A. After 6 weeks roughly, of getting the EQ tuned in to my liking, I put the AIX disc on and it is absolutely phenominal!
The Recordings that u put out are second to none on the calibration disc96/24 that good!!
So we went to AIX website and I am trying to get a listen to what I like.
John Gorka great! Laurence Juber also Chamber Music Palisades great sounds great arrangements. This needs to get out to the rest of the folks who are looking for awesome "show your system off" recordings.Video is great but I'm an audio listener first!
As soon as I make up my mind I will be back.
Look for a shipment going to Massachusetts soon.
Keep up the great work you are a Blessing to the Music/Audio world!
Question; the only way to get 96/24 recordings on cd only is to down load?
post #430 of 595
I took advantage of the BOGO holiday offer, and snagged $200 worth of discs for half price:

Guitar Noir:Laurence Juber
Nitty Gritty Surround
Pachelbel Canon Acoustica (Blu-ray!)
Acoustic Blues: Dorian Michael et al
A Classical Sampler:Surround Mixtures
Span:Bad Haggis
Rumor Mill:The Carl Verheyen Band

Anyway, a couple stories:

1. I'm mostly into acoustic guitar, but I like instrumental bluegrass, rock, blues, and a bunch of other stuff too. I don't listen to much classical or jazz, but I put the Pachelbel Canon Acoustica disc in for some 'background' while working on my laptop. My wife was similarly pre-occupied by work on her laptop.

Within 5 minutes, both of us had our eyes (and ears!) glued to this performance. I couldn't believe this set was done in one continuous take! We were both totally awestruck by what we were seeing and hearing. This is particularly amazing, because my wife is not what anyone would classify as an audiophile (she is content listening to Top 40 on her iPod). I couldn't give this disc a higher recommendation!

2. For Christmas, I gave the Rumor Mill:The Carl Verheyen Band double disc to my uncle, who is a professional guitarist and VERY knowledgeable about music, especially blues. He had never heard of Mr. Verheyen, and seemed skeptical at first. But he popped in this disc, and was blown away by the production value of the disc and Carl's playing. He's played guitar his whole life, owns literally thousands of blues CDs, but said "no one should be as good as this guy." It was all he could talk about for the rest of the holidays!

Keep up the good work Mark!
post #431 of 595
Picked up AIX Records " The Carl Verheyen Band " Take One Step double disc.

Own many , what people consider , refference DVD-A and SACD'S,
Nothing comes close to this DVD-A IMO.
No trickery here like music swirling around the room, just great mixes made to play loud, as if this Disc was made soley for my system to bring out it's best.
As I get older there is little that excites me. This disc gave me a rush. I didn't feel any younger listening to it, but I did forget my tired body long enough to put a smile on my face for the duration of the disc.
Fantastic !!!
post #432 of 595
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Thanks for the encouraging words. The Carl Verheyen DVD-Audio title is amazing for a number of reasons...not the least of which is Carl is a fabulous guitar player.

We've just reopened the Community over at iTrax after a long hiatus. I've chimed in on the Stones in HD issue (they're definitely not!) and showed some spectragraphs to prove it.

More 3D stuff coming soon! Stay tuned.
post #433 of 595
Dr. AIX,

Will there be any specials like the one you had at the Holidays in the near future?

Thanks, Bill
post #434 of 595
I took advantage of the 2 for 1 deal this past Xmas. Very happy I did. Ernest Ranglin disc is fantastic . Also,got some bluegrass and big band DVDs. Two things of note. One , the DVDs which were shot in HD look excellent via HDMI and HD upscaling to TV. Also, DVD-Video side uses full bandwidth of DTS codec at 1.5 Mbps.
post #435 of 595
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Dr. AIX,

Will there be any specials like the one you had at the Holidays in the near future?

Thanks, Bill

Yeah, St. Patrick's Day is this Thursday and spring arrives next week. Seems like that warrants a special!
post #436 of 595
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You guys make me laugh! A week from Monday is J.S. Bach's birthday AND the first day of spring AND it's my birthday too...if I survive the LA Marathon that happens a week from today (don't worry I'm been running for years and did the whole marathon training program with LA Roadrunners...I'm going for 4 hour 35 minutes!).

So let me get past that and I'll come up with something. I do appreciate that our products are more expensive than most but consider this but I don't recall getting any feedback from fans saying they didn't get great value for their money.

Here's some things to take into consideration:

1. The Tape Project (based out of SF) sells each of it's albums for between $300 and $500. They are second generation 2-track analog tape albums that require a very expensive analog playback machine to hear. In fact, if anyone out there wants to have a first generation analog tape copy (done on my mint Nagra IV-S recorder), I will gladly make them available. Of course, you will have to deal with the increased noise floor, the speed imperfections, crosstalk, elevated THD and hassles of analog tape playback...but I'm serious, I will make two channel transfers of my HD masters for those that prefer the sound of analog tape. The price would be $500 per copy.

2. XRCD from JVC are standard definition compact discs that sell for $30 each...40-60 minutes of music at 44.1/16-bits for more than I charge for our HD feature laden discs.

3. There was a company in Japan selling glass CDs (a limited run) for $1000 each...he sold out the 800 that he made.

4. Vinyl collectors will purchase a standard definition record for $30 or a collectible album for hundreds of dollars.

We are a very small company dedicated to supplying the very best HD recordings available in any format. According to a recent email, "there's simply nothing that comes close to the sonics of AIX Records!"

They are worth the time and resources that go into them...and they won't wear out like vinyl or analog tape.

BTW I've added the Forum back over at iTrax, written about the "HD Rolling Stones" albums and have just added another 12 albums to the catalog of iTrax.com. I would encourage interested AIX fans to stop by. Thanks.
post #437 of 595
The 21st is my daughter's birthday and my ex-wife's. You can imagine the struggle that became as my daughter got older and each wanted to feel more special than the other. Fortunately, 11 years ago my daughter went to college and my wife went back to MI, so I now no longer dread the first day of spring.

Good luck with your marathon. If you meet or beat your goal and post it here, I'll buy a disc at full price on your birthday. If you beat it by ten minutes, I'll buy two. I'll trust you on your time.

If you then come up with a spring special, I'll buy even more.
post #438 of 595
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Thanks...now I have extra pressure! Back to Michigan...I was fortunate to be able to leave and not have to go back. I visit but it's a tough place to make a living these days.

Later
post #439 of 595
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Originally Posted by filecat13 View Post


Good luck with your marathon. If you meet or beat your goal and post it here, I'll buy a disc at full price on your birthday. If you beat it by ten minutes, I'll buy two. I'll trust you on your time.

If you then come up with a spring special, I'll buy even more.

Results? You didn't have a stroke or worse, I trust.
post #440 of 595
The hd rolling stones commentary is interesting. Of course, most of us of a certain age can't hear much above 14kHz. But the real question, that the article doesn't hit upon, is whether the increased bit depth helps milk the original recordings for more texture and presence than one gets on the CDs.
post #441 of 595
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So I did manage to complete the Los Angeles Marathon...but against all odds. We have 5 inches of rain, very cold temperatures and lots of wind. More than 50 people went to the hospital with hyper thermia...but not me. I finished in 5 hours and 39 minutes ahead of last year by twenty minutes but not close to my goal of 5 hours. It was a major achievement to just finish and I was good for the first 16 miles...all I can tell you is that it is a very long way!

I headed tomorrow to AXPONA in Atlanta to show off our stuff. I'll come back and get some sort of special going.

As for the Rolling Stones and other so-called HD Tracks...the added bandwidth of the HD space doesn't impact the very low frequency response and dynamic range of these very old tracks. A CD can do everything you need.
post #442 of 595
I guess it depends on which HD Track one looks at. Some, like Coltrane's album A Love Supreme, have high frequency detail





in excess of a CD



based on these analyses posted over at headfi.
post #443 of 595
Hi Mark,

I gather from some of the earlier posts that some have questioned the price of your releases. I agree with everything you said in your pricing defence for your physical media. Your DVDs are beautifully recorded, have multiple versions of your tracks and are (IMHO) excellent value.

I have quite a few of them.

And then there is iTrax.

A few minutes ago I downloaded the DTS Stage version of your new Mozart quintets recording. I chose the DTS recording (and would like to get some more) because I now have all my music stored on a Mac Mini to be played via iTunes, and iTunes has the ability to play DTS CD files directly.

The download cost $18.99. This is more than most, but less than a physical DVD. However, it seems that for my $18.99, all I get is the DTS Stage track. Should I wish to try the different mixes you supply on your DVDs, I'll have to pay for each one.

So the download (which should be cheaper) would end up costing about six times as much as the physical media.

And then there is the download process.

Paypal would be best, but I can handle entering my credit card details.

But unless I am really stupid, it seems your site has no download manager. I have had to download each track individually with no indication where they are being stored, or what I have already downloaded.

I'm still not sure if I have them all.

Then I am supposed to download the cover art separately as well?

I'm using Firefox and a Mac, so this is hardly an oddball combo.

I'll probably buy more downloads, but only because it is such a hassle extracting the DTS track from the DVDs I have bought of yours to load onto the server. But if you are serious about HD downloads, you need to make the $18.99 cover all versions of the album, and have a one click download button.

EDIT:
A while later I still have no idea whether I have downloaded all the tracks, or if they are the right ones. There are no tags, the sizes are incorrect and so are the names. I guess I'll have to listen and then tag them manually. Fortunately I know the quintets well enough to be able to do this, but for the price the experience really sucks.
post #444 of 595
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Steve,

I don't disagree with you on the suggestions for improving the iTrax.com site. Unfortunately, the developers that I used to build it are involved anymore and the costs of getting some new developers on the job is prohibitive. I'm trying to make changes but they are slow in coming.

I would like to have album downloads and more adequate tagging but for now this is the best that I can do.

The pricing of tracks is something that I can control but when I see CD albums and vinyl going to $30-50 per album, I have a hard time making these real HD tracks cost much less than they do. I saw the same 2L tracks that are on our site available for $4.00 USD at another site. This is a tough one...if the site was hugely profitable, things might be different.
post #445 of 595
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I heard from a friend in the UK that HiFi News has an article in the current issue that investigates some of practices of HD digital music download sites...and the news is not good. It goes along with my own thoughts about the validity of calling an older analog recording HD when their isn't really any benefit...other than to the company selling the tracks at premium prices.

There isn't a link to the article but I did quote it extensively in a blog post at the Community Section of iTrax.com. Finally, I think there is going to be some transparency in the area of HD downloads. Kudos to Paul Miller and Keith Howard for bringing this "little secret" to life.
post #446 of 595
Sounds like an interesting article. I hope they document evidence both of wasted bandwidth and of quality high res transcirptions of analog sourced material.
post #447 of 595
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You should read the blog. One of the first companies that Keith mentions in the article is HDTT...High Definition Tape Transfers.

Transferring older analog tapes in digital formats can be a wonderful way to archive the quality of a classic recording but they will still exist at the fidelity of the original standard definition source. Analog tapes do not meet the same dynamics that are possible with current state-of-the-art HD PCM digital systems.

The dynamic range (SNR) in PCM digital is equal to (6.023*N) + 1.76, which is usually converted to 6 dB per bit. My Swiss reference analog Nagra IV-S states it is capable of 73 dB of SNR (without noise reduction). Compare that against 124 or more in a 24-bit system and you start to see the "potential" advantages of HD PCM digital. Of course, it is up to the engineering team to maximize the fidelity of a particular signal path.

Don't get me wrong, please. I have nothing against analog. I would just like everyone to understand that it is an older technology. We didn't call it HD back in the 60s or 70s and it's not HD now.
post #448 of 595
I agree with the gist of the blog -- that converting 44.1 16bit to a high res format is useless, arguably dishonest.

But it glosses over whether 44.1 16bit can really capture all the detail on a high quality but old analog master. It looks like some old masters exceed the capacity of 44.1 16bit for accurate reproduction, hence a higher resolution transfer (I wont call it HD) would be beneficial.

I agree that a modern well made high resolution all digital recording is another thing entirely. But until we can resurrect Coltrane and get the band back together, my goal will be to hear at least everything on the master tapes.... which I am not convinced I do, when listening to a CD.

But since the provenance of so many high res downloads is murky, the only reliable remasterings are these silly audiophile LPs....
post #449 of 595
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Nathan, you're right. There is no way to bring back a re-record the classic performances and artists of the past. I only wish that I could. I've been preparing an article for my iTrax.com forum that quotes a large section of the instruction manual that can with my NAGRA IV-S two-channel analog tape machine. These are the machines that were the state-of-the-art location recorders for doing film production stuff and location work (I've take mine to the jungles of Costa Rica and the hills of Haiti...and it functioned when my digital DAT machine failed. Analog does have its advantages). The manual has the specs for the 15 ips frequency response and the high end diminishes pretty quickly after 20 kHz.

I do believe that capturing the master source analog tape at 96 kHz would guarantee that everything on the tape was captured. But who has access to the masters? I used to do some of this type of work with my partner in Hi-Res Music buy sadly most labels will not give out their masters. The stuff marketed as "HD Tracks" comes from CDs, SACDs or safety copies that are sometimes 2-3 generations down from the source.
post #450 of 595
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Originally Posted by Dr. AIX View Post

Nathan, you're right. There is no way to bring back a re-record the classic performances and artists of the past. I only wish that I could. I've been preparing an article for my iTrax.com forum that quotes a large section of the instruction manual that can with my NAGRA IV-S two-channel analog tape machine. These are the machines that were the state-of-the-art location recorders for doing film production stuff and location work (I've take mine to the jungles of Costa Rica and the hills of Haiti...and it functioned when my digital DAT machine failed. Analog does have its advantages). The manual has the specs for the 15 ips frequency response and the high end diminishes pretty quickly after 20 kHz.

I do believe that capturing the master source analog tape at 96 kHz would guarantee that everything on the tape was captured. But who has access to the masters? I used to do some of this type of work with my partner in Hi-Res Music buy sadly most labels will not give out their masters. The stuff marketed as "HD Tracks" comes from CDs, SACDs or safety copies that are sometimes 2-3 generations down from the source.

Agreed. Other than some of the stuff from Analog Productions/ AcousTech/ Music Matters and a few others, where they document the tape source, the equipment and methods used in the mastering, it could be anything. Hopefully that will change.

I write this coincidentally when i was already listening to/watching your great sounding sampler blu ray.
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