Just noted this one, demonstrating an nominally high performance DAC,
Unfortunately, very strong system signature - quite obviously this is playback; has a "boxed in" quality, for a start. Unlikely to be caused by the DAC - note how the backing strings lack the sheen that this part of the mix should have.
Time to crack this back open again, 😄.
Yes, what's the point? There could be a zillion answers, but my answer is to be true to the contents of a recording ... I was going to post this to that unloved thread, now gone to zombie land, but I'll do it here, instead,
Bit of a mess, eh? And, this is the remaster, from 2015!! - I've got it on a double CD from 1998 - a low cost release - sludgy, plus? ... You bet!
What should a system do to, for this?
People have asked how I go about sorting out systems - and find my answers very unsatisfactory. Well, I have come across a book which very nicely addresses some of the key areas where I find a lot of the issues arise - and gives a lot of suggestions of very, Gasp!!, technical gear that can be used to chase these things down. It's a very practical book, minimum high falutin', equations for equations sake guff - what I find especially endearing is that there are a lot of cheap and cheerful tricks
First YouTube videos of the High End show over there have gone up, courtesy of B HiEnd, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCve-Zui5Z5AaHruHv9MylJQ/videos. Closed sound on some, and when one of them tries for the Big Sound it can't pull it off, the drumming fails rather badly,
It's getting close to projecting the atmosphere of this intro, but can't reach high enough ...
This was probably the pick of the bunch,
For months my current setup has been dead ... variety of reasons, primary was a loss of interest in "doing this stuff". Anyway, finally bit the bullet, fixed the actual fault that ceased operations - connection to a tweeter broke - and fired it up. As mentioned on the Music forum here, wasn't too bad on first listen; did a few rounds on albums until a key recording showed where I was at - this was https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/melos_quartett/the_string_quartets__melos_quartet_/.
We have a cheap, Aldi TV PVR here ... a 1TB drive being used inside. Unfortunately, the programming done to make it all work is dreadful, and it's extremely clumsy, and slow in operation. Over time more and more clips added, and it's been switched off at "the wrong time" so often that the poor thing is completely confused - the files are a mess, and the box finally became unusable to record, and play.
So, fixit time! Nothing inside just about; small power supply, drive, and circuit b
Completely unrelated to audio, was out and visited a local boutique chocolate emporium, in passing - "everything made in store" - and discovered Dark Chocolate Sorbet ... I'm hooked!! Amazing taste sensation, the ultimate chocolate hit for fanatics - it doesn't get better, I'd reckon: the intensity of the best chocolate, with the mouth feel of ice cream.
Now, to see if I can find a good recipe and do it myself ...
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
I mentioned that I'm not alone in pursuing a certain quality in the reproduction, and I was just inspired to point to posts and other material that echo what I have to say ... here is the first:
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.