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Everything posted by GregWormald

  1. Ha! Funny, there is a XP-12 about a 15 minute drive away. Of course Australia is a long way from Minnesota!
  2. The XP-12 was my second choice if Simaudio couldn't deliver in a reasonable time frame (There wasn't a 740P in Australia!).
  3. I've just ordered a SimAudio MOON 740P that would seem to fulfil your requirements. (I also wanted some control of the volume that didn't blast my ears at 10 or 15% of the knob's rotation.)
  4. Can you imagine your world without music..? No. Music has been around since rock music was played on rocks. I suspect that people who think that musicless is the way the world should be have much more illness than I have help. (50 years as a psychotherapist.)
  5. 👍 I watched a video of my favourite singer choosing a new microphone for her tours and recordings. She would sing a phrase or two and choose. I could barely hear (OK maybe not at all) the differences. But boy, do I love music in my living room.
  6. Our perception of reality can change—as he shows. Sometimes your brain wins, sometimes reality wins. Walk in front of an oncoming car you didn't see and your perception of reality will lose—suddenly.
  7. ...and that's why short auditions, trying to hear the "realism" can be quite useless. The harder the mind has to work to 'make sense' the more fatigued it gets. As had been said, perfection (in audio reproduction) hasn't been achieved yet, so our preferences choose our music and our reproduction. I've heard very 'accurate' (according to others) systems where my favourite music was ruined, and others where I didn't want to turn it off.
  8. 👍 An addition: If I listen at a volume that is different than that of the mixing room/earphones then the treble-bass balance changes due to the ears different sensitivity at different volumes. .............. While in general I like to hear—as close as possible—what is on the recording, I've got more than a few recordings that are bad enough I want to change them.
  9. Bad stuff happens sometimes, if it happens too often then walking away is indicated. Tell them you've paid for shipping for goods that actually work and see what they say.
  10. Despite the popularity of renting music, I maintain that there is no substitute for owning the music you enjoy. Good luck finding a copy.
  11. I suspect that if you are able to find what you've asked for the reviews are going to tell you how bad it sounds. That's why cassettes took over for portable sound, then CD, then stored on phones etc. and now, streaming. I don't hold out much hope, but good luck.
  12. His prejudices are showing, and are aggressively stated while denigrating all other opinions. People who try to elevate themselves by putting others down aren't my 'cup of tea'. Personally wouldn't be listening to him at all.
  13. What @yamamoto2002 said. Balanced have a better chance of rejecting noise than RCA so when they are available I'd use them. You either believe that cables have a sound or they don't. If they don't then any brand/price will do. If they do then you'll need to listen to some (or read good reviews if audition is not an option) and find ones you like at a price you can afford. Personally, I wouldn't go very expensive.
  14. <sigh> "There oughta be a law." A couple of years ago many artists started performing more and recording less in order to have an income, but covid changed that. When companies are so short-sighted and greedy that they are prepared to destroy their 'product' in order to profit then something has to change.
  15. I didn't expect to ever go, it's a long way from Australia, but it's still sad to hear it's gone. Good choice though. Stay safe everyone.
  16. There are a number of ways to add files to your iPhone, I've used a couple for videos that I can view with VLC. I'm sure FLAC etc. playing is possible through iOS directly (and has been for a while) but whether you can play playlists I don't know. DuckDuckGo is your friend.
  17. That's what I like, a little optimism. Every generation seems to be able to see the devastation coming, and always from different causes. It hasn't happened yet. As I have no choice in which era I'm living I'll just continue to do the best I can, and enjoy what I'm able.
  18. The difficulty is that basic research is very expensive and the audiophile community/market is just too small to generate significant funds. Research into new drugs and how they affect the human body and mind costs $millions but the payoff can be $billions.
  19. Acute hearing is a survival trait and 'cause we are here, we have it. To think we can measure all there is to hearing and its interaction with our brain is, for me, a huge leap. For instance when my cat listens to the ambient noises his ears and his attention move at the slightest change. When I play ambient sounds on the hi-fi he ignores it all. Maybe it's not the same as the real thing.
  20. I've been an RP listener for so long I can't remember when I started! I have a little app that records it to my computer and enables me to have it in the car. It is always on. Total of 50,000 listeners only , sign up, send some money, enjoy radio again. Radio Paradise forever.
  21. I'm sure they are very happy that Porsche dropped out of this type of endurance racing!
  22. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are good. The Japanese prefer Panasonic. Fujitsu are good and very quiet. The noisiest part is the fan, so keeping the fan on low reduces any noise. The fan on high for a quick chill is a different matter.
  23. Agreed. It's very important to realise that not everything has been measured, and while our senses can be fooled they aren't always.
  24. He might be an expert in music production, but his knowledge and skills in basic logic could use some work! e.g. Dolby is the same as mQa despite the fact that Dolby is "take it or leave it" while mQa appears to be a 'no choice' "option". e.g. Transparent equals free to everyone. Bah!
  25. Many years ago (MANY...I was buying my first speakers—AR2ax) I was waiting for my turn in the audition room and I kept turning around to see who was talking right behind me. It was an FM radio announcer playing through a set of AR3a speakers!
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