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    Tom,

    Glad you jumped in. Man, you're a real Sennheiser encyclopedia! You should work for them here and enjoy harsh winters by the same token. Yeah, I know you don't mind FREEZING but getting paid with lower value Canadian dollars isn't your thing, I understand that, lol

    Already ordered them as soon we knew there's a pair left in the US. Question was would Senn Canada accept to import those? (see below). Never flown on the Concorde, well over budget, not a millionaire like those guys here.

    The model I'd be getting is the first one on the link you posted (with little shorter top end response). The other two HD 25 I don't like their double head band stuff and those retail here for $200. and $270. CAD + Tx

    RE "Dealer is asking Sennheiser Canada to import for me a new pair left in the US, discontinued they say."

    Got e-mail today from my dealer: "They (Sennheiser Canada) tell me the last pair (HD 25 Light) is ours."

    Great, so they have accepted to import that last new pair hanging around at Sennheiser USA! Nice. Hopefully it won't take another 6 -7 weeks, with Customs clearance?

    BTW that Avatar pic is among the preferred ones, with "the whole universe is insane" being best ever. Not against pic rotation though, these are often the laugh of the day! Note if you keep putting your right hand on live electrical wires while waving at us with the left one you may not last as long time as we wish you to...

    Best Regards,

    Richard

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    SPECIAL EFFECTS RECORD

    MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LAB, MFSL 004, 1978, THE POWER AND THE MAJESTY

    Purchased around 80's, this is not a music record but rather a premium "special effects" one, the fourth released by Mobile Fidelity in the series. Bought it simply for the experiment, it was said to have nice recording and sounds reproduction.

    For this post I listened to it again this time with the Sennheiser 480 series II headphones since wife went to sleep. I tried a different listening setup the Bellari phono preamp having a direct headphone/line output on 1/8" TRS Stereo, using a 1/4" to 1/8" adaptor I have. Would have preferred a 1/4" socket on the pre but the trend nowadays seems to be 1/8" for the many portable devices...

    The phono preamp also has a trim/gain control so the level can be adjusted up to a point (- 10 to + 4 db), enough for my listening needs, about midway. Signal path is short from turntable (V15 IV) to phono pre and phones. That's it, no other preamp, EQ, amp nor speakers (did often use a mixer as preamp to power amp). This minimalist setup sounds very good to me.

    Record noise here is pretty much non-existent which is nice. Album jacket says the pressings are imported and Stan Ricker is disc cutting engineer. The MF yellow info sheets posted add its from Japan (see where I underlined). My examination of the record between the last groove and the label indicates JVC CC (cutting center), with whom Ricker was associated (like on the Stars Wars music album I showed in "Sad to say..." thread).

    Thundestorm (including unexpected hail) sounds are very clear as if you were there. The jacket talks about phenomenal dynamic range. Keep that in mind with regards to the monster Steam Locomotive and other train related sounds. I suggest having ample system headroom to play this, here's why.

    When the train is far away (low level sound), and the record having next to no noise, the temptation is to increase volume markedly to hear it better and because its gets a little intoxicating as it approaches. Since its fun naturally one forgets to turn down somewhat the volume... However, on some scenes when the monster train with 80" dia. driving wheels passes next to the recordist, well at high volume the impression is the train passes right in your living room!, it can get pretty noisy, and amp clips... Definitely more for larger 12-18" woofer speakers than smaller ones.

    Noticed an occasion where the train's air horn (far away to the left) is heard in the left phone, but its echo (far away to the right) is heard in the right phone, very nice spatial effect.

    Quite realistic sounds. If you have a crush for thunderstorms, or more so for old trains and enjoy their sounds this record may wake the kid in you... Next time an Audiophile music record.

    EDIT: Sorry two other pics that pull the horizontal orientation trick on me, while they ARE vertical in my laptop...

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    GINO VANELLI, BROTHER TO BROTHER, AUDIOPHILE SERIES, 1978

    Purchased this premium LP version instead of a regular one sometime after it was released, mainly to compare sound and pressing quality vs standard ones. Not having the same LP in regular version I can't put them head to head for sound comparison. It was released the same year as Mobile Fidelity's four debut albums. Some interesting music on this. Labels choose which ones will be premium released.

    Some record manufacturer(s), like A & M records here, have decided decades back to seemingly compete with Mobile Fidelity's premium records. Don't know if A&M's were commercially successful at the time, but better quality LPs appear to be the new norm now, though there are different quality levels, even today.

    Days ago found another place here selling such vinyls and those seen with indications are 180 gr vinyl, some add high quality pressing, a few might include remastering. 180 gr vinyl looks like the norm, high quality pressing and/or remastering is mentioned for some units only though, and a few are cut at half-speed by MF (about $25.-$60. latter price for MF).

    BTW Seen recently on Amazon.ca Chuck Mangione's 1977 Feels So Good album, $20. something on CD, but a whopping $158. CAD for the Audiophile LP version, quite a difference! I think I have the standard LP of this and will stick with that one...

    Vanelli's premium record is pressed in Japan (shown on record label). No mention of JVC Cutting Center here since it was mastered by Bernie Grundman at A & M Studios. It uses a similar half-speed cutting process as MF, as well as pure anti-static low-noise vinyl. Don't recall what I paid for it too long ago, maybe $30.? Closer to a Mobile Fidelity record quality compared to usual premium reissues mentioned above.

    Listened to it again last night on speakers and headphones using Me95ED, no record noise but for a small tick once. Sound clarity is A-1 even on more complex musical sections, ambience is nice. Like what I hear, sounds like a treat.

    Maybe saving the best for last? Next time a Direct-to-Disc LP will close this record chapter stuff.

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    The DMM disks are usually great sounding. Mobile Fidelity sometimes are low recorded volume and gain needs to be turned higher.

    The BEST sounding LP I ever heard (including demo disks) is this LP , "produced without microphones to provide you with the true sound of live music" - piezzo pickups on every instrument.

    ==>> https://www.discogs.com/Norman-Whist...elease/6630794 . It's not music that you would listen to every day, but it's startling clean & real sounding.

    Manufactured By – Sparton Of Canada Ltd.

    Dad played his copy for me long ago, left it to me, I loaned to a friend and never got it back. Lucky to find another copy not long ago.
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    Never heard about that "piezo disk", nor about Sparton of Canada. Based on pic posted maybe old? What year or so would that be?

    RE "I loaned to a friend and never got it back."

    I loaned wife's cousin a pair of small DIY speaker stands and they never came back either. Not a collector's item like yours, but I spent time making these (two pairs) and getting them right with tilt angle. When asked what's happening with those, he said didn't know where they were nor what happened to them... Pisses me off not for their cost, rather for their usefulness to me. End of loans.

    Btw #1

    Initiated today return of the Sennheiser HD 559 phones loaded with mid-bass/low-mid. Free return Web site said. Free return to me = no out-of-pocket money for return. For Senn = no restocking fee! So I have to pay shipping to send back the donkey. Would be more honest to say no restoking fee on returns, but this would raise a red flag about who pays return shipping, which they don't want to do. Marketing is still King!

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    Also learned from Senn the HD 25 Light phones that were in the US are now here in my dealer's hands, pretty quick this time. Didn't get a call because the other item ordered at the same time hasn't arrived yet. One trip downtown for both is enough, and forecast calls for snow and/or freezing rain, either way crap.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMC View Post
    Never heard about that "piezo disk", nor about Sparton of Canada. Based on pic posted maybe old? What year or so would that be?
    Richard
    http://music-ape.com/folk-world-coun...ral-rythm.html

    Date of released: Sep 1964
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