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  1. Just to explain how I interpret what Ray is saying here - 180 degrees is the vertical plane through the speakers being the dividing layer between your listening environment, and the recording event. Or, consider hanging a curtain full width across the room, from the ceiling to the floor - which just touches the front of the speakers ... everything on the recording occurs in another space, on the other side of this curtain. 360 wraparound means that the sound on the other side of that curtain bounces off everything in "your world" - and fully makes sense as being connected to the re
  2. Very nice work, Ray ... would you say the speakers are now completely invisible, no matter where you listen from in the room?
  3. Noting the comment on the Reality Quest thread about the complexity, and cost - if it's worth it to the individual to get the results, then the method used is justified. However, this is not the only path - extreme simplicity, and great attention to detail, where one uses experience, and understanding of what factors are likely to be most critical, is very effective ... my first good rig just happened to have its components engineered well enough, and it was on just the right mains circuit, and there were no nasty switch mode power supplies littering the house, nor wifi and other RF crap infes
  4. Was posting in my phone - which I hate doing ... still doing stuff, so just mention this from Yes, this is the real, "magic" ... the music on recordings is truly amazing; and the vast majority of systems don't even get close to it - which is why it's worth putting the effort into doing the necessaries, to get that much closer ...
  5. The following comments again emphasise the importance of step by step surgery, - this is what allows all the detail of rock mixes, say, to emerge.
  6. Very quick note to give a tick to @ray-dude's 2nd post on the PS filtering - especially note his experience with "eh" recordings, 😁
  7. The thing about a polish is the liquid base - that moderates the 'scratching' action, and helps keep the temperature down ... huhh? You would be surprised how much of a heat build up occurs, if you do it vigorously enough - on my "worst case", the plastic actually deformed because of the temperature rise. If you really want to try sandpaper, then the finest grades of wet 'n' dry - and do it with the water ... rinse often! As suggested above, grab a dud CD and experiment, is probably the way to start ...
  8. Phase, eh ... ? Let's see, then - I'll pull the audio down, and see what I find inside ... 😉.
  9. Have to thank @Rexp for drawing my attention to the Pursuit Perfect System channel on YT - the man is doing good things, and this video was mighty telling - a comparison between passive, and active drive of the speakers, As might be expected, the active version leaves the passive dead in the water - the latter is a wimpy, shrunken imitation of the former, and is not worth listening to, for two seconds. Why? ... Integration - the amplifiers are in the environment of the drivers, and immediately a whole lot of issues that degrade normal playback can be forgotten abou
  10. Alex, I've been in this space for 30 years now ... I listen to other rigs, of all varieties, and normally, internally, roll my eyes - without saying much. People get pleasure from this hobby, in all sorts of way - my interest is in retrieving everything a particular recording has to offer; which may not be what a sizeable percentage of enthusiasts are focused on ...
  11. And on that, we'll have to agree to disagree ... 😀
  12. Alex, a recording engineer should master so that his product sounds reasonable on the widest range of playback equipment. So his perspective is very different from that of someone who aims to get best SQ from the recordings he acquires, from whatever source. Note, my playback has always used Redbook standard material - because absolutely nothing I have come across has even slightly made me interested in anything "better", as regards formats. CD quality replay can deliver completely convincing replay, with the speakers being 100% subjectively invisible, no matter how you listen to t
  13. We'll continue to disagree on this matter, Alex - because I come from a different angle ... as you well know, 😉. I don't use my system to tell me whether I have a good or bad recording; I use recordings to tell me whether I have a good or bad system. If ABBA sounds shrill, then you have a bad system - that's how it works. There are two levels of revealing: the first is that you hear everything that's wrong with the recording; the second is that you hear everything that's right with the recording - the latter is definitely superior, to my ears ... and where I want to be ... 😜
  14. I'm comparing how it comes across, on the laptop, with how it sounds played through a decent, proper system - from memory. The tonality is about right - through all the compromises of the dropbox player, and my laptop, it comes out fairly balanced. I recall visiting the home of a member of the Sydney hifi club, who had middle of the range B&W speakers - now, subjectively, the uptilt of that was ferocious - this was ripping your head off stuff. Now, you might call that revealing 🤪 ... but I prefer my music to be satisfying, thank you. Treble sounding shrill, unpleasant is the re
  15. OK, that has natural sibilance, that which the human voice has as part of its makeup - poor replay makes this unpleasant to the ear ... a system which is in fine tune never exaggerates this; it sounds completely normal, as in, that's how it would sound if they were live in the room. No annoying sibilance is automatically part of the package with competent playback - if replay is that bad that it's a problem, then I would have noticed other issues right at the beginning - and sorted them, right then.
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