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  1. Sounds if you're confused about what an audiophile title is, George 😉 - how about we just make it recordings which have been specifically aimed at the audiophile market, or those particular recordings that audiophiles have fallen in love with, hmmm? The reality is that I only have a couple in this category, and I almost never play them - they were picked up as $1 throwaways ... I went through this very exercise before, with Teresa, and I'm not in the mood to fish them out again, right now ... Note, it's been far more the case that it's someone else's recordings I've heard - and I wasn't motivated at the time to take notes of what they were, 😁. This says that you haven't learnt how to evolve a system so that it becomes impossible to audibly detect the speaker drivers working, in the manner I have described - when you achieve this, then you can come and tell me that you still have trouble tolerating recording flaws, and I'll take you seriously ðŸĪŠ. I keep posting, because it annoys me greatly that the whole field of audio has gone off the rails so badly ... the current lousy attitudes to recording; piss poor PA sound abounds; ridiculous sums of money are paid for gear that still can't get it right - I'll keep pointing out that there is a viable alternative to doing all this, that ticks so many boxes, and costs reasonable money; because I wouldn't feel right about just throwing up my hands, and walking away from the scene ...
  2. Yep, I can believe that ... when things get to a certain point, "everything matters" - then it often becomes a juggling game, working out what combination of setting things up gives best SQ. Electrical disturbances can get in anywhere, and disrupt the quality - one just has to experiment, to work out the best arrangement of hardware, and software.
  3. No? ... How about, typing Delos audiophile into Google,and noting how many recognised audio groups, etc, think otherwise ...
  4. Which is where I agree with Paul. The size of the soundstage is set by what the recording was done in - if a single person in a soundbooth it will be tiny, 🙂; if recorded in St Peters, it will indeed sound immense ... if done by studio manipulation, it can span the Grand Canyon - if desired, 😁.
  5. Interesting response, David ... my take is that the size was indeed correct, but along with the elicitation of the detail that allows the mind to hear this goes the requirement that the distortion of every part of the system has to be under control to an even greater degree - otherwise, it will indeed sound HiFi, rather than lifelike. It's a hairy journey getting there - but definitely possible, 🙂.
  6. Quick quiz ... is the MSB DAC magically distorting what's on the recording to create an artificial, "enormous soundstage" - or is that expansive space just sitting and waiting, in the digits of the source data, to be brought out alive into the world? 😉
  7. Have mentioned them at various times, over the years. One that immediately comes to mind is the Delos, Water Music of the Impressionists, Rosenberger album, which is, ahem, drowning in reverb - sometimes, there can be too much of "a good thing".
  8. Gosh, those recording guys back in the 30's were clever! They managed to create a depth layering of the players using level, phase and reverb - amazing what they cooked up with the simple valve technology of the day ... And all along i though it was that it was a simple single microphone, with the instruments arranged in distance from the microphone so that a good overall balance was achieved ... silly me!
  9. And I would say, of course the research is not out there - the problem is similar to that of the intent of LIGO; if you want to detect gravity waves the sensitivity, precision of the measuring devices have to be at least to a certain standard - all papers I've seen, in audio, make assumptions about how good the systems have to be to get significant results - and it's clear, to me, what they use are way under what's needed.
  10. Indeed it was ... grew up in a small country town; my brother played guitar in The Only Band in Town - wouldn't have got out of the venue alive if they didn't play it at least a couple of times ... ðŸĪĢ
  11. I'm sure that if I went out, and did a very careful purchase of recordinsg ranked highly in audiophile circles, that I would get a decent bunch 😜 ... but I have had the experience too many times of finding an unknown recording irritating or boring, purely considered as a creative effort - only to find that it was, ummm, an "audiophile recording" 🙂. Finally heard Jazz at The Pawnshop, without knowing what it was ... okay, reasonable enough, but I didn't experience spasms of ecstasy during it ... have heard plenty "better", and plenty "worse", of that style of thing. Talking of classical, I've largely given up on recent releases of these, from major companies - too much audible sloppiness in the care taken in the recording; you can get away with this in pop, but in classical pieces it's quite disturbing to hear how obvious it is.
  12. Incorrect. At a simplistic level, yes, true - but a high performing system reproduces very low level detail far more clearly, allowing the ear/brain to decode the meaning of this extra, usable information - anyone who has had a rig evolve into a state of tune allowing this fuller appreciation of the soundstage capture has an understanding of what is possible; and at least has an intuitive idea about how to move his setup towards this capability.
  13. In the OP, you said, That post of mine was a direct answer to that - the hypocrisy angle is not relevant to that. .
  14. It's the "prefer something different" that gets some people not strongly in the objectivist camp riled up - the refusal to accept that people's hearing can actually determine whether one version of a playback is more accurate to the recording content, than another.
  15. The objectivists will believe that the product with the best measurements in a category is the best. Full stop. Then they will decide if the cost of the item is reasonable, for them to consider for purchase. Excellent value for money, with all the measurements of an acceptable standard, will most likely be the winner, for their own systems. IOW, measurements beyond audible value will establish a ranking, on a selection list - something for them to aspire to; if they had the dosh to splash around, 🙂.
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