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Manger®: a journey to the origins of genuine High-End Audio.

“Audio as a hobby is dying, largely by its own hand. As far as the real world is concerned, High-End audio lost its credibility during the 1980s, when it flatly refused to submit to the kind of basic honesty controls (double-blind testing, for example) that had legitimized every other serious scientific endeavor since Pascal. [This refusal] is a source of endless derisive amusement among rational people and of perpetual embarrassment for me..”   Gordon J Holt, founder   I have commented man

audiofilodigital

audiofilodigital

 

Hear music the way it was intended to be reproduced - part 3

Now that my speakers are set up in an equilateral triangle, let’s take some frequency response measurements. First we need a calibrated microphone, software to perform the measurements, and a sound card. While there are several choices of measurement mics, acoustic measurement software, and sound cards, I will be using a MP-1r-KIT Acoustical measurement kit:" http://www.content.ibf-acoustic.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=30&products_id=35, Audiolense software: http://www.juicehifi.com/

mitchco

mitchco

 

Hear music the way it was intended to be reproduced - part 2

Part 1 is here. Thanks for your comments. Before we can measure the frequency response of your sound system at the listening position, we need to configure the speakers to the listening room. These set up steps are required in the quest to hear music the way it was intended to be reproduced – i.e. best effort timbre. This is the first part of a three part process. The three parts are setup, measure, and adjust. Then we iterate, sometimes a few times, sometimes more. It will cost you nothing but

mitchco

mitchco

 

Hear music the way it was intended to be reproduced - part 1

I love music, any kind of music really. As a former recording/mixing engineer/producer for 8 years, and lifetime audio freak, I had the privilege to record, mix, and master a wide variety of music. In this introductory post, we will look at the most important quality of reproducing music called, "timbre". Over a series of posts, the goal is to calibrate your sound system to be the most accurate reproducer of music for your ultimate listening pleasure :-)   In Wikipedia’s definition of timb

mitchco

mitchco

 

Isolating PC from sound system

I listen in a home office which has my music server and stereo, and also a PC for work/pleasure. Typically I'm at the computer and listening to music from the audio system.   Recently seemed that I'd lost volume (3-6db) in the stereo. Was turning the volume up a couple of notches more than I'm used to.   Couldn't figure out the problem, and then yesterday had to do some serious maintenance on the PC (reformat and rebuild the main C drive contents).   Anyway, this obviously entailed several

firedog

firedog

 

RMAF 2011: Getting Ready

RMAF is the mother of all of the regional audio shows. While CES is (supposedly) for dealers and media, RMAF is all about is, the consumer. Which makes it more than a little awesome. And given how popular it (and audio shows generally) has become, it's also a little bit huge.   [Gulp]   I remember last year, my first show. It was an exhausting 2 and a half days. I remember getting prepped. I had a new iPad -- I was going to take notes on every room. I had my camera -- I was going to take doz

Part-Time Audiophile

Part-Time Audiophile

 

Rational audio....a subjectivist journey.

Rational Audio....a subjectivist journey.   I began audio as a rational consumer or so I thought. I didn't want to spend money that didn't provide additional performance. Mainly because I didn't have much to spend. I wondered for instance why those Magnepan speakers cost so much when they didn't go down below 50 hz and only went up to 15 khz. So many speakers went lower and higher with less power for less money. With my first real job came a chance to buy a good stereo. I purchased a receiver

esldude

esldude

 

Computer Audio on a budget?

Greetings all, my name is Gary, and I like to listen to good music. Good meaning in the sense of a quality recording, not necessarily a specific genre or specific performer. I like listen to a variety of music, from classic rock, acoustic blues, jazz to classical, and have been know to cue up Marilyn Manson on my walk home from work (yes, I did that the other day after buying my B&W C5 headphones).   As a father with a 7 year old daughter, and a 4 year old son with special needs, I do not

Garf

Garf

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