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Trust your ears? Trust your measurements? Look to psycho-acoustics for help? Is the psychology of being human the most important thing?

I am going to quote Barrows here. It is a complete post on his careful methodology of listening. I quote because I think it is an excellent description of how to audition for differences in components. I agree with it completely. He was responding to Julf's question about how he listened carefully:   Well, thanks Julf... As far as listening goes, I suspect that each of us may find things we can do differently, that is, what works for me, may not be the same for you. But a few things: blin

esldude

esldude

DIY Treatment results

This past January I was given carte blanche to convert the home office to my music room. It's the smallest room in the house at roughly 10'W x 11.5'L x 9'H with hardwood floors and drywall walls and ceiling. More detailed background on the room can be found in my previous blog entries but in general I felt the biggest problems were in the bass so that's where I've focused all effort to date. Basically, even after experimenting and measuring for best listening position placement and speaker pl

wgb113

wgb113

USB to SPDIF converter or USB DAC with current pre\pro

In looking at USB to SPDIF converters it dawned on me that I might just want to get a USB DAC for a little bit more money. Question is do I need it or how much improvement of SQ would I get with the USB DAC vs. Converter and my current pre\pro? I think I have narrowed my search down to the MF V Link 192 or Audiophilleo 2 for the converters however pretty lost with DACs “if needed”. MF has a M1DAC that sells for approx 750.00 has the features of the V Link 192 with a DAC. Any more money and I

anubis73

anubis73

Rules Of Loudspeaker's Selecting: Transparency Of Sound

We often say about transparency of sound.   What is in technical terms? Or it only subjective characteristic fo our ears?   Certainly we can to measure the transparency.   Transparency is complex of characteristics, which define the capability of non-distorted throughput for device.   If to say simply: Transparency = minimum harmonic distortions + flat frequency characteristic (less +/- 1 dB in declared band).   Usually we apply term "transparency" about hi-frequencies (5-10 kHz). We q

audiventory

audiventory

Rules Of Loudspeaker's Selecting: prices and quality

Now we view approximate reasons of forming of prices of speakers.   It's not hard rule of course. For different countries the ranges of prices is variate. But we can see some trend.     For enforcing any speakers sound equally we can correct Amplitude-Frequency and Phase characteristics by equalizer.   But we cant exactly correct this characteristics.   We remember also: these characteristics is various for different points of listening room.   But we can't affect to Total Harmonic Di

audiventory

audiventory

Sonic Signatures: The Art and the Science

I believe every piece of audio equipment has its own sonic signature. E.g. CD transports, cartridges, tone arms, turntables, preamps, amps, cross overs, speakers, interconnects, basically every component, part, and wire in (and around, e.g. power supplies) the audio signal path will have its own sonic signature, whether designed or not. Technically, a sonic signature is called a transfer function, but we will get to that shortly. I also believe there is a direct correlation between what we hea

mitchco

mitchco

In Case You Missed ...

Mick Jagger on SNL ...   http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2012/05/20/jaggerarcade-fire-the-last-time/   Video: Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire, and Foo Fighters on Saturday Night Live « Consequence of Sound

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

Combining 2 Channel with multi/room/multi amp

Hey everyone, I am extremely happy with my current two channel system which begins with my MBP. My question is how to additionally route the signal to a multi room amp while keeping my current signal quality in shape. Ideally, I'd like to use a wireless solution since the multi room is in a different room than my full system. I do use iTunes through Amarra.   Many thanks in a advance.   My current system   MBP>dCS Scarlatti full stack>Ayre KX-R>BAT Rex pwr amps>Wilson Sasha's

Gibsonluva

Gibsonluva

Ignore list

<p><a href="/monthly_2012_05/NoTrolls.gif.e8dc6070c1a2951f9c87fae5ec4fbb60.gif" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28083" src="/monthly_2012_05/NoTrolls.gif.e8dc6070c1a2951f9c87fae5ec4fbb60.gif" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p>   i decided to try something new, primarily for mental health reasons.   If someone posts something idiotic, inflammatory, and stupid (in my objective opinion), instead of pointing this out an

wgscott

wgscott

Rules Of Loudspeaker's Selecting: All Speakers Sound Identically?

Somebody say: I can enforce any speakers sound equally.   It is not absolutely correct statement.   What do they mean?   Speaker and room is integrated system. You can't "listen speakers". You can listen system.   Into "system" we must include amplifier and (sometime) cables. But we rarely have all components simultaneously.   Quality of speaker depend by quality of loudspeaker's headers.   Its specification include apart from Amplitude-Frequency and Phase characteristics also Total

audiventory

audiventory

Rules Of Loudspeaker's Selecting: Floor vs. Bookshelf Speakers

Why more large loudspeaker (diameter of head) is more preferably?       More diameter - more amply push the air in room. Not any big head will well sound. Don't tempted on big and cheap acoustics.   Big concert acoustics not always is a sound quality standard. Concert acoustics for great sound pressure (on open air also). Demands for harmonic distortions is more soft than for home acoustics.   If you have place on floor, using of the floor speakers is preferably. "Have place" it is di

audiventory

audiventory

Rules Of Loudspeaker's Selecting

Here I will tell about selecting of loudspeakers. Always say that the last criterion of assessment of quality - human ear. We will consider: whether so it.   If say exactly, quality of sound very accurately described by specification (numbers and diagrams). Why then: last criterion of assessment of quality - human ear?   Manufacturer don't give all diagrams. Often it is technically impossible (it is too much measurements). For most people (non-audiotechnics-specialist) this diagrams is ha

audiventory

audiventory

If you have a TV

You probably need this:     (Click the image for Amazon.com link).   I had a reasonably minor but audible hum in my subwoofer, and I noticed it went away when I detached the cable from my TV. The TV power was turned off, as was my receiver. (Not just standby, but off). Nevertheless, there was a ground loop from the cable to my TV to my connecting HDMI cable to my receiver to my 0.1 LFE input on my sub. I put this in to isolate the incoming cable, and it worked flawlessly.   If there i

wgscott

wgscott

Artist : Beady Belle

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MijnCDlijst

MijnCDlijst

pete fornatale

two greats died this week levon and pete-someone else already wrote a sentiment to levon this is for a great dj i grew into young adulthood listening to wnew(NYC) and grew into late middleage listening to pete yet again on wfuv(fordham univ npr station on ithe internet)on saturday afternoons on "mixed bag" what a joy the themes the music selections and the interviews he was just a joy to hear and will be very missed he now joins allison steele(the nightbird-"come,fly with me" and scott muni)

bobbmd

bobbmd

A Postscript for Levon

Probably like many of you, in the past several days I have been revisiting a lot of music by Levon Helm and The Band, ever since his recent passing. Today I came upon a tribute to Levon from comic Rob Delaney's tumblr that I would like to share:   http://robdelaney.tumblr.com/post/21759745560/i-love-levon-helm-and-america   (edited after a previous mis-post ... whoops)

curmudgeon

curmudgeon




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