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  1. I agree, most music listeners don't own or want any test equipment of any kind. As I music lover I prefer to use discretionary spending on music. Alex, I'm a subjectivist and as a subjectivist I only believe what I experience with my senses, thus the results of these DBTs you keep posting over and over mean nothing to me. If bit identical files sound different: Could it be the timing of the bits are different? Could it be system noise has somehow gotten in one of the files during or after digital to analog conversion? Could it be MD5 checksums are not accurate enough? Definition of MD5 checksum: An MD5 checksum is a 32-character hexadecimal number that is computed on a file. If two files have the same MD5 checksum value, then there is a high probability that the two files are the same. Sounds like there is a low probability they are different, if so then they could sound different if I am understanding this correctly. In my opinion bits are bits in the digital realm but when transformed into analog they become music. Music is what it is all about for me. Alex, in short I wish you would stop with this two identical files can sound different over and over. As you stated above this is an "Audiophile Forum where the majority of members do not have technical qualifications or the test equipment needed to produce these measurements. Neither should they have to..."
  2. Have you listened to the LEDR tests? Especially UP Left and UP Right.
  3. Neil Young could have been talking about 64kbps lossy streaming from the 1990's. 64kbps music files produced the absolute worst sound quality I've ever heard in my life. Computers have come a long ways since then.
  4. Teresa

    Farewell ML

    Me too! 😊 For me ML will aways mean Mark Levinson since ML is the prefix of Mark Levinson audio equipment. I am going to check out this other ML's website linked in the original post. If I remember correctly Michael Lavorgna was negatively talked about in some of the MQA threads so I never had a reason to search out any of his writings. This isn't the first time I clicked on a thread I thought would be something else. I must have clicked on dozens of LPS threads expecting them to be about vinyl records which are also called LPS. They were all about power supplies. There are too many different meanings for most acronyms in my opinion.
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  6. @gmgraves I think you missed a couple of posts from Page 1, they are above. @AudioDoctor told @GUTB that they were B&W DM601 speakers so he does know what brand and model they are. @AudioDoctor also gave a link to 17 of the best B&W products of all time in which the B&W DM601 series 3 are listed, one third down the page. Hope this helps.
  7. The box of the analog master tape should say “Dolby A“ and at the start of the master tape are Dolby A test tones to set the Dolby levels. All studios that used Dolby A should maintain active Dolby A decoding units since Dolby noise reduction is a dynamic process and cannot be adequately fixed with EQ. The fact that recording companies are releasing undecoded Dolby A recordings is a crime IMHO. I've read many of your posts and am unsure what your correction is? Is it Dolby A decoding software? The patents should be expired by now?
  8. @Ralf11 you correct. I don't usually replace anything until it dies or is too expensive to repair. If there is a component I am interested in, I look for a good deal on the previous now discontinued model, which I often find new at 30% to 50% of retail. I have also bought demo models at discounts as low as 50%. In short, my audio / video / computer system including HDTV cost me around $3K, the original retail was around $5K, however some of the components are over 25 years old and my not have much resale value, which doesn't matter to me as I will just recycle them when they die. I selected "Between 1000$ US and 5000$ US". What I paid (3K) and retail (5K) are in that range. However, my system's resale value is likely much less than that. Here is my post in the previous poll.
  9. I have batteries in my remote controls, when they quit working I just add new batteries. Remote controls either work or not, so no reason to not run the batteries all the way down to dead. Alex mentioned that it would be handy to check the car's battery so you aren't stranded somewhere when the battery dies. That seems logical to me. Since I don't have a car and I abhor comparing stuff, I personally see no reason to own a multimeter. For me, audio equipment is a means to an end to enjoy the music I love. And computers are just one of the ways I enjoy music. Measuring equipment of any kind except for measuring spoons and measuring cups needed for cooking don't interest me at all, sorry. No.
  10. Agreed. White people, whose skin tones have a large range of colors, non of which are not anywhere close to the color white. White people having skin unnaturally red was one of the reasons I rejected "Vivid". I was just saying that on my HDTV the "Movie" setting looked more natural with everything, including outdoor scenes. I don't doubt many people select "Vivid" because it is very bright and looks spectacular, however IMHO it doesn't look real. I am quite satisfied with the "Movie" setting.
  11. I don’t have a multimeter but OTOH I hate comparing stuff, and have no desire to electronically measure stuff. One of the reasons I use audio equipment until it dies. Looks like I'm in a minority here.
  12. You never tried to open a music file after downloading and have it refuse to open and say for instance "unable to open, corrupted file". I have, in which case I downloaded it again and the second download opened and played. I have also had a "Textedit" document on my hard drive become corrupt and refuse to open, in which case I deleted it, and loaded the backup copy from my backup drive. Surely I'm not the only one who has these like of gremlins happen to them. Agreed, if two music files have different dynamic ranges and one level matches for overall level. The music file with the widest dynamic range will have a lower level than the one with the lowest dynamic range when the music of soft. Thus, when music is at a low level it will cause one to pick the one that is the loudest, which would be the one with the smaller dynamic range because level differences are the most audible type. However, in normal listening most would pick the one with the widest dynamic range. Thus AB'ing gives a false answer and thus does not work with music with different dynamic ranges. IMHO it is extreme. Personally, I'm not interested in buying or using testing equipment. I tried all the settings on my HDTV and actually prefer the "Movie" setting. I did a custom setting by eyes only and it was very close to the movie setting, however the movie setting still looked the best to me after watching a few Blu-ray's. I found "Vivid" too bright, for example the skin tone of white people was far too red. With the "Movie" setting skin tone looked more like the white people I see in real life, pink to light red to light brown.
  13. I agree with this, indeed in post 1393 I stated the overtone series is why an oboe and clarinet sound different when playing the same note. It's the different spacing of the overtones that causes the fundamental note to sound either like an oboe or clarinet or any other instrument. By removing overtones over 20kHz we are removing part of the overtone series that differentiates one instrument from another. I think it is better not to throw away the overtones over 20kHz if one wants more accurate timbre. No one says ultrasonics can be heard, it is said ultrasonics effect what we can hear. Once again the quote from Chandos Records: Sorry I don't understand what you are saying here.
  14. I'm sure you could guess my feelings on this. Most audio equipment is not only out of my price range but IMHO overpriced based on the increases in sound quality as one goes further and further up the ladder to astronomical amounts. Right now I'm listening to music on my Sennheiser HD 518 headphones which I bought at Amazon for $65 (retail $130). They sound excellent to me and are extremely comfortable. The most I ever paid for a pair of headphones is $150 (retail $300). My father taught me to never pay retail.
  15. Uncompressed FLAC files are what I use, the file size is slightly larger than WAV as the metadata are stored in the music file.
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