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Bad recordings are the best recordings for testing!

I was just reminded of a Gene Pitney Greatest Hits CD I have, which was purchased for almost nothing at a flea market - one of those 'no name' European efforts that, ummm, are really legit ... . And it's a shocker - from needle drops, and the gorilla who did it decided that it needed noise reduction to "improve it" - the latter was done in such a clumsy and obvious way that normally it renders many of the songs almost unlistenable - the massive level and noise pumping artifacts from the crudenes

fas42

fas42

 

WE DON'T NEED NO MQA - WE DON'T NEED NO THOUGHT CONTROL

Source material matters.  Why spend extra money to hear something that was poorly recorded? Point being - if it is a good or outstanding recording, then it will sound wonderful without hocus pocus.  If the recording is substandard, then why bother with additional processing?  I have six copies of "Exile on Mainstreet" :  Vinyl, CD, SACD, Japanese flat transfer, whatever. It all sounds like it was recorded in a basement somewhere in Southern France.  In short, all copies, all media

NOMBEDES

NOMBEDES

 

Absence Makes the Ears Grow Fonder

I just got back from a long(ish) sea voyage.  Los Angles to Hawaii and back. Very enjoyable. When I got home, I turned on the music system.  I was struck by how good the music sounded.   I am guessing that a break from my normal listening habits gave my ears a rest.     If you find yourself not enjoying your music as much as you know you should.   Take a break      

NOMBEDES

NOMBEDES

 

What does my blog name mean?

Right, into the meat ...   First of all, there is a blog at http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com.au/, same name, which largely documents the optimising of my current audio project - and other random thoughts. That is intended to be developed over time, but for various reasons my activity there has lapsed - to be continued!   Here, in this blog, I will expound some more on my philosophy and viewpoints, to counterbalance what may be discussed in threads on this forum.  

fas42

fas42

 

AC Power Upgrade that removes glare and adds resolution

I recently replaced the bridge rectifiers with CREE SiC Schotty diodes in my Vega DAC and then Antipodes DX music server with very positive results. Mainly enhanced resolution, better space, blacker backgrounds, wider soundstaging and removal of glare. I had read some very old posts that advised against using Schottky diodes for audio power amps but these posts were ten years old so after getting good results from my front end I took a leap that these newer CREE SiC diodes would deliver in my Kr

AudioBang

AudioBang

 

The shifting blog

After some time with Wordpress I've decided to move my blog to their platform at Melvin's Foolish Things. I have no interest in maintaining 2 blogs and unfortunately I've been unable to edit or delete the posts here (which have been tweaked/updated on Wordpress). Thanks for having a look.

Melvin

Melvin

 

CA Articles

This blog entry points to the list of articles I wrote for CA. I hope you enjoy them!   https://www.computeraudiophile.com/profile/8172-mitchco/?do=content&type=cms_records2&change_section=1  

mitchco

mitchco

 

In-iso-Regen’ - a final, for now, USB 'connection’. (plus, wrapping an Intona against RFI)

This USB configuration has been in place in my system since November 2016, so I'm just catching up with this BLOG post, but I think there are a few things worth saying about it.   After fooling around with Regens and various USB cables, and with a lot of input from CA Forum experimenters reporting their experiences, last Fall I came to the conclusion that a galvanic isolator like the Intona, followed by a USB ‘cleaner’ like a Regen, and then the best short cable (Curious) I know of, was probab

Daudio

Daudio

 

Which one to buy: UpTone USB REGEN or Intona USB Isolator?

Intona is a great piece and they have indeed a great service, for a "poluted PC" it does a great job I used to have one intona and after that 2 regen in series with linear power supplies. I put that in the garage, because I found this amazing device the 3R by ideon audio. I also use 2 in series but with one you get 85% of the improvement It is cheaper than the intona, and works way better [than the regen as well]

p.watel

p.watel

 

Happiness is an electronics repair man two blocks away

I had noticed a small storefront up the street about two blocks from where I live. I decided to drop in and chat with the guy.   I met Sasa Malkoc, a Bosnian man who has lived here in Charlotte for over 20 years, and I could tell by the stuff stacked floor to ceiling, that I had found "The Man" when it comes electronics repairs.   I told him of my poor Yamaha RX-350 and it's scratchy right channel, and he said, "No problem, I can fix it better than New" I asked the price, because being th

bigbob

bigbob

 

Initial review of iFi nano iDSD LE--"Clearly better than the Modi2, no comparison"

The iFi nano iDSD LE arrived Thursday, and my initial impression is that the sound stage is more expansive and the loudspeakers disappear.   When I close my eyes, I see the musicians in their places on stage. The Music is magical, and once again, I am hearing these recordings for the First Time, despite listening to the same passages for years. My standard reference recordings, "Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition" by Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side

bigbob

bigbob

 

At $129, this device is a MUST HAVE addition to any "Computer Audiophile on the Cheap*" home stereo system.

The best way I can describe it goes something like this.   I read about 24/96 recordings, and noticed that they were huge compared to FLAC files, freely traded on the Internet from repositories at bt.etree.org.   I saw an ad for the Dragonfly by Audioquest, version 1.2, and it was much better than the original version, and it cost $150. In my world, $150 is an amount that would take four months of saving a little each month. That is what is called a "Dream".   Then I noticed that a

bigbob

bigbob

 

MC-0.5 and Vintage harman/kardon hk330i create Magic with "Pictures..."

REQUIEM FOR AN RX-350   For years, my Yamaha RX-350 has served faithfully. Tonight, after years of abuse and wear and tear, the right channel amplification stage finally went to Chip Heaven...   So the harman/kardon hk330i is back on-line, providing the amplification for my system. We will see how long the "vintage" capacitors like playing at full power, 24/7/365.   These vintage electronics were well built, as competitive manufacturers put money into 2 ch. Stereo.   Then CDs came alo

bigbob

bigbob

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