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  1. Is "N" short for Nobody? You totally misunderstand George's post, if you want a pipe organ to sound like a live pipe organ you need the lowest frequencies. The largest pipe is 16Hz.
  2. One only gets completely invisible speakers with correct speaker placement, which you don't believe in. Invisible speakers improves imaging, sound staging, ambiance, etc. So bad recordings will sound better with correct speaker placement and taming room problems. But improving the image and soundstage of bad recordings does not make them magically sound like properly made recordings.
  3. A 3D soundscape is quite possible only with correct speaker placement. Most of us have done this, you have not. In my experience a percentage of recordings don't sound realistic mainly because they were not made to sound realistic and/or poorly engineered. I don't find such recordings enjoyable to listen to and there is no magic on Earth that can transform poorly engineered recordings into correctly engineered recordings. Have you never heard the quote the better the performance the worst the sound quality, the better the sound quality the worst the performance? IMHO there is no rescuing poorly made recordings, they might be made to sound better but more of their flaws are revealed. If you want to truly be in the presence of the musicians and the venue they perform in then you need the "right recordings" which are made that way. Thanks, I agree completely with this. I would also add once one gets acoustic music to sound realistic, then electronic music should sound excellent. And to compare acoustic music to an audio system one must use correctly made recordings and listen to live music in the flesh. Since Frank thinks he has made all recordings sound great. I believe has not heard realistic sound from an audio system and is instead making all of his music sound the same in the ways you suggest by lowering the sound quality to that of the poorest music in his collection. I would agree your brain works different than ours. I agree it is only in his mind, as what he is pushing is illogical. Simple reason, no one likely agrees with Frank (fas42). If you don't want it brought up you should never have posted about it. People exist outside of this forum but I doubt any of them agree with your nonsense. Agreed. Yes, this is very evident from Franks posts. I don't believe anyone can confirm his magic. I also believe all of our audio systems sound more realistic than Frank's when playing recordings that are made that way. I agree. IMHO correct speaker placement and taming room problems are that most important if one want realistic sound quality from well engineered recordings.
  4. George I agree with everything you said.
  5. (a) Has had this experience If by all the buttons you mean well recorded acoustic music sounding like I'm there listening to live music in the flesh, be it a concert hall, jazz club or other well chosen venue then yes I have. Many, many times. Including my current audio system who's sonic realism with high resolution correctly engineered recordings is magical indeed!
  6. Frank your standards are way too low, what you find musically satisfying I would likely find to be of poor sound quality to unlistenable even on your supposed well-sorted mid-fi equipment. I wish you could hear how realistic music can sound when the microphones are placed in the best positions, a great performance venue is chosen with musicians playing together and not separated by isolation booths. With recording engineers who know how to capture sonic realism. GIGO (garbage in garbage out) cannot be fixed by soldering connections and the other tweaks you do. The music captured must sound real in order for any audio system to reproduce it realistically. You have a much better imagination than I to be able to magically undo all the wrongs in poorly made recordings. It works for you but I know I would hate the sound of any music coming out of your well-sorted mid-fi system as my imagination is not as good as yours evidently. BTW I have heard many superbly realistic sounding high-end audio systems at CES and The S.H.O.W. in Las Vegas, especially when I give them an SACD to play or they were playing high-res downloads, audiophile LPs or those wonderful sounding 2 track 15 IPS master tape copies. The only bad sounds I heard were when they were playing CDs or 16/44.1kHz digital music files. In conclusion, I don't believe a single word you say as your statements are illogical to me.
  7. That is one of the reasons I avoid hi-res remasters from the major and other non-audiophiles labels. I have been burned too many times by so-called hi-res downloads (24-bit and DSD) from the major labels. I prefer newly made audiophile recordings but I also like a lot of rock from my teenage years and jazz from the golden age. For those recordings I wait for audiophile remasters from Analogue Productions, MFSL and other audiophile remaster labels. So far most are only on SACDs, as far as I know the only analog remasters also released as hi-res are the DSD downloads from Analogue Productions. That said, I prefer newly recorded music from audiophile and the European boutique classical labels in SACD or as DSD downloads.
  8. I'm curious how is a €3,632 (US$4,047.68) DAC a giant killer? For me any DAC priced over US$1,000 is very expensive and is itself a giant. IMHO a great sounding DAC priced less than $500 would be a giant killer.
  9. I hope the audiophile branch of the recorded music industry stays viable for a very long time, especially SACDs.
  10. I always assumed that gauge was the only audible difference in speaker cables. For example thin 24-gauge speaker cables are deficient in the bass frequencies, and the thicker 12-gauge speaker cables handle deep bass very well regardless of who manufactures it. I am aware of the amp-speaker interface and didn't know speaker cables were part of this. I have difficult to drive Infinity Reference Standard 7 Kappa's which are a 4 ohm speaker that dips as low as 2 ohms which doesn't work well with many amplifiers. I never considered that passive speaker cables could play a hand in the amp-speaker interface, interesting.
  11. Under 5. The need for capacity is slowing ... I checked "Other reasons/answers are welcome" I don't need capacity as under my apartment complex's lease agreement I am no longer allowed to stream or download using their free wi-fi internet. Which is OK with as I prefer playing SACDs. The DSD and 24-bit PCM music files I downloaded (and kept) before this change come out to 65 GB total and I have 403 GB available on my hard drive. I didn't know what a NAS was and looked it up and it appears to be different than the backup drive I use. Some of these computer terms are hard for me to understand. 95% of my music is on physical SACDs, I have thought about adding them to my computer. However, from the threads I've read here on creating DSD music files from SACDs it looks like too much work. So I just play my SACDs. I do have a question about NAS that my google search didn't answer, is it a drive that can be activated by multiple devices that play computer music files?
  12. Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!
  13. Get a refund! If I buy an audio component or speaker and it has obvious issues I return it to the store for a refund and select a different model. Trouble is you buy stuff that has obvious issues instead of competently manufactured ones because you like to tinker. @gmgraves explains it very well below, but I also would like to add. Most major label and other non-audiophile recordings are over-processed, gimmicky, compressed, EQ'ed recordings These recordings are made to sound good using cheap earbuds that come with portable digital players and smart cell phones. Before that they were made to sound good on AM radio, boom boxes and portable CD players. In addition, most are engineered to sound loud with the smallest dynamic range possible and use tools to alter the sound, which destroys the feeling of listening to actual music. All of this is the complete opposite of the goals of high resolution authentic audiophile recordings. I agree totally GIGO (garbage in garbage out) and no amount of tweaking can perform the miracles that @fas42 advocates. Ever wonder why he hates accurate high fidelity audio systems and prefers Sharp boombox speakers and laptop speakers? IMO they don't reveal the flaws in his worst recordings because they don't have enough resolution. I wish he could hear my audio system playing audiophile SACDs and DSD downloads. Exactly!
  14. I don't push buttons, instead I prefer to listen to well engineered natural sounding music instead.
  15. I don't know if everything that is audile can be measured or what audibility limits exist. I believe that there are many kinds of subjectivists and many kinds of objectivists. I have saved tons of money as a poor audiophile subjectivist because I don't go by measurements alone. For example: if there are two audio components, one with better specifications than the other, and the one with the worst specifications is 1/3 the price I will try that one first, more times that not I am satisfied with the less expensive one. I'm not really swayed by data as long as the specifications are decent. For examples: I would never pay over $1,000 for any audio component and I would prefer to pay $200 - $500. I would never spend more than $50 for any cable and would prefer to spend $20 instead. So the way I see it there are budget subjectivists that only slightly compare specifications. If they are the same price I tend to try with the better specifications first. But if the specifications are close I would go with the cheapest one. And I want equipment to last many decades, and I don't replace anything until it breaks and cost too much to repair. Then there are spend thrift subjectivists in which price is not a concern, many of them believe the higher the price the better the sound. While I have heard many super expensive excellent sounding components the two times I went CES. Once when I sold audio equipment at the Good Guys and later when I was a reviewer at Positive Feedback. I would never lay down that kind of cash. I would guess that most subjectivists are somewhere in-between. I would also guess there is also a wide divide among objectivists. Not worrying too much about specifications and auditioning affordable components by ear has saved me a ton of money. BTW my ears are pink like the rest of my body. 😀 I believe no one hears music the same and everyone's ear / brain system only apply's to them and no one else, so I don't believe in the concept of golden ears.
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