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Teresa

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Uncompressed FLAC files are what I use, the file size is slightly larger than WAV as the metadata are stored in the music file.
  8. If "toneX" with ultrasonic content is recorded at 44.1kHz it no longer has the ultrasonic content because the brick wall filter removed it. The only way ultrasonics can effect audible frequencies is either live in person, or recording and playing back the ultrasonic frequencies. Yes, your interpretation of what I said is correct. Your example of an instrument that produces 7, 14, and 21kHz. 7+14+21kHz may sound different to someone than just 7+14kHz, even though they can't hear a 21kHz pure tone. It's the overtone series that determines how the fundamental tone sounds, thus why oboes and clarinets sound different playing the same note. Many instruments have overtones outside of the audible range, some as high as 100kHz. The theory is that just as the overtones in the audible range color the fundamental tone, so do inaudible ultrasonic frequencies, thus the tone produced is more accurate and more like what we hear live. I think Chandos Records describes it best, see the end of the booklet of their newer SACDs.
  9. I don't know of any scientific studies, I haven't looked for those are I am more interested in searching out new to me music. Perhaps someone else will know of such studies. I have read many theories. If you have any Chandos SACDs you will find this statement in the back of booklet:
  10. Have to disagree with that. If ultrasonic overtones effect lower frequencies, they can have no effect if you record at 16/44.1 kHz since the ultrasonic overtones are removed by the brick wall filter at 22.05 kHz. So for them have an effect they have to be in the recording. Or to put this another way if you remove ultrasonic overtones they can no longer effect the timbre of the fundamental tone.
  11. No one (to my knowledge) has ever said we can hear ultrasonic frequencies. The reason to reproduce them is because musical instruments have overtones as high as 102.4 KHz. See There's Life Above 20 Kilohertz! There are many theories on what our bodies do with inaudible ultrasonic frequencies our ears cannot hear. In all the theories ultrasonic overtones must have the corresponding fundamental tone in order to be perceived. Theories I've read include: We can feel ultrasonics with our skin. Ultrasonics are processed by the eyeball. Ultrasonics effect how audible frequencies sound. etc. There are many other theories but those seem the most popular. The theory that sounds the most plausible to me is audio energy exists as upper overtones of musical instruments and has an effect on the lower frequencies which we do hear directly. When listening to music we hear the fundamental note and its overtones shape the timbre, this is why an oboe and a clarinet sound different when playing the same note as their overtone series is different. The more overtones available to shape the timbre of the fundamental tone the more accurate the timbre is IMHO.
  12. I don't understand this. When did headphones start to need updates? And how is an update loaded onto a headphone? This seems very bizarre to me. My Sennheiser headphones say nothing about updates. I don't understand how an update can improve the sound quality of a physical product such as headphones, speakers, amps, etc. My Blu-ray / SACD universal player can do updates if I connect it to the internet. I refuse to connect it to the internet and so far all Blu-ray's play perfectly. Does that Sony noise cancelling headphone connect to the internet and why? In short I don't understand why physical products other than computers need updates. It just seems so bizarre to me. Please help me understand this need.
  13. Actually, Chesky's Binaural+ recordings are comparable with both headphones and speakers, see link. I have several of their 24 bit 192 kHz versions purchased from HDTracks. They are enjoyable with both headphones and speakers, truth be told I do prefer to listen to them with my Sennheiser headphones.
  14. I answered yes to questions 5, 7, and 10. 5. Do you pay attention to the acoustics of a room? 7. Do your speakers have pride of place in your living room? I live in a studio apartment so my 2 floor standing speakers are placed at the best possible place for the widest soundstage and best phantom center image. It took me many months to finalize their location. In short, my speakers are sonically invisible but have a commanding presence in my only room. It's a living room when I'm awake and bedroom when I make my sleeping sofa into a bed. 10. Do you own any import albums only released in another country? I have a few SACDs released only in Japan as SACDs. I also have a lot of Classical discs from European and UK recording companies. I didn't know what a slew rate was until the test provided the answer. My current headphones cost much less than $200 (Question 1) They are Sennheiser HD 518 with a retail price of $129.99, I paid $65.50 when amazon.com had them on sale. They sound excellent to me and are extremely comfortable. The most I ever paid for a pair of headphones is $150. As for the other questions: I don't stream music. I believe that speaker gauge makes a difference in the impact of the lower frequencies and interconnects should be well made. Both of these can be done at affordable prices, thus I am not sold on expensive cables and don't really have an opinion one way or the other. I no longer purchase vinyl LPs. I like music I enjoy to sound as realistic as possible. I can't stand listening to music I don't like with great sonics or music I like with poor sonics. I'm somewhere in the middle. If I took the test 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years ago it would at most be 3 out of 10. So according to that quiz I've always been a typical music lover.
  15. I answered YES to three questions. 1-4: You’re a typical music lover. So I didn't qualify either, nothing to be sad about IMHO. 😊
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