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  1. There's nothing wrong in saying that we can choose functionality over SQ. Obviously, having both is preferable. As for his ratings, I actually don't follow Darko, but I think his audience is more interested in "mid-range" gear (price wise) - high end is relative. 1000$ equipment is "high end" to a general public. Saying he is spreading "misinformation" is a little excessive. If you don't like him, don't waste your time watching his videos :)
  2. Objective: expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations (Merriam-Webster) Arthur Salvatore is an old-timer with an outdated website that contains many fascinating insights into audio. My favorite section describes his "audio philosophy". One aspect which can be put in practice by all of us, concerns his description of "levels of audible improvements": http://www.high-endaudio.com/philos.html#Levels Here is a graphical summary: These levels of audib
  3. I watched most of it and don't see any "mis-information". He's just telling us he likes these two turntables, how they differ, and why he prefers using the Technics even though the SQ is not as good as the Rega.
  4. The primary purpose of Discogs is to provide a platform for the purchase and sale of second hand physical media. Discogs is therefore far from exhaustive when it comes to digital (files) only releases. Recording dates are not systematically entered on Discogs. I usually check on the Qobuz downloads store as well, and on some other sites such as the one mentioned above.
  5. Technical knowledge of music informs our understanding and appreciation of music (as do other aspects - such as the historical/cultural context), regardless of what system we use - and that's where the value lies (and your posts are very interesting from that perspective). The evaluation of a system is completely different, and we should not confuse the two.
  6. Touché. They do sound different, and I assumed he was using some kind of effect on top. How can you tell the difference between an electric bass going through various effects, and a synthesizer, and does it really matter from the standpoint of music appreciation ? From a listener's perspective, without comprehensive knowledge of the techniques/instruments used in a recording, can we still evaluate a system ? I think we can: - "distortion" (opposite of "accuracy") can be evaluated using test tracks of music we are more familiar with. If I only listened to Japanese music
  7. He's using a wah-wah mute. He's trying to get his trumpet to make chinese intonations (hence the title) ? Is that the "humour"? Hope I have not offended anyone by suggesting this...
  8. I was really confused at some of your previous comments, and I better understand the purpose/motivation now that it is stated more clearly. Thanks.
  9. Going further back :) with this classical tune
  10. Ever tried copper foil speaker cables ? I have experimented with a couple recently: - DIY model - Silversmith Audio's Fidelium cables 1) DIY copper foil cables They are easy to make yourself - here is a recipe someone gave me. All you need is: - Kapton tape (https://www.amazon.com/Temperature-Resistant-Polyimide-Sublimation-Soldering/dp/B08T74TCFS/ref=sr_1_14?dchild=1&keywords=KAPTON+Tape&qid=1618095371&sr=8-14) - Copper foil, 16AWG will do (https://europe-audio.com/Product.asp?Product_ID=8636) Its a two person job, and
  11. I have a hard time following you here. What is your point exactly ? - we can't appreciate music without knowing how it is made ? if we don't care how it is made then we cannot appreciate it (and are not worthy of having a good system) ? - or if we can't tell/care how it is made then it is because we can't hear it (system is not accurate enough and we are just wasting our time talking about audio and buying equipement) ? No one denies that understanding "how" something is made can increase the appreciation we have of it. But here you are essentially referring to the "tech
  12. In that particular case, I would say the system is certainly not at play - I would assume that most people who don't take note of the difference may simply not be interested in that aspect ? They may still appreciate the music, and still appreciate "audiophile" sound, if you see what I mean. Since I believe you are in the "music business", do you find that people who are very involved in music (musicians, collectors..) often don't necessarily have very "accurate" systems at home ? Open question... I hesitate about the use of that term in my question - lets say they are not always
  13. I'm not that familiar with Charlie Parker, to be honest (sacrilege, I know, but I got a late start and am working my way there). Here's a partial "sologrophay" of his which I am sure you will find interesting and covers the early recordings (1940-1946) that have survived (I assume it is fairly complete): http://www.jazzarcheology.com/artists/charlie_parker.pdf
  14. Thanks for the recommendation - will listen to that concert ("One Night..."). Charlie Parker grew up in the "big band" era (not a term I like), played with several (including a year in Chicago with Earl Hines), so not surprising he fit in well.
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