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    The article is typical of the Washington Post;...

    The article is typical of the Washington Post; thorough, well researched, and well written. The only error I spotted came early; Michael Fremer is not "the dean of audiophile writing". He is the most...
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    Upper tier audiophile equipment has never made...

    Upper tier audiophile equipment has never made much sense to me. If you have a speaker based system and employ no room treatment, anything from mid-priced kit on up is wasted. And of what use is...
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    Entirely possible. I have never done an A/B...

    Entirely possible. I have never done an A/B comparison. It is very likely when the stream is from a high rez source, as the conversion from higher rate files produces artifacts that are audible. What...
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    The reason I have not gone to music servers is my...

    The reason I have not gone to music servers is my personal circumstances. It could be my time is not worth enough to me to make the calculus of the convenience factor work out here. Another factor is...
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    Widget, I imagine these polite Australian...

    Widget, I imagine these polite Australian journalists could not picture discs being "stored" underfoot on the floor after the hash pipe did its work. Or the crunchy peanut butter making its way into...
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    The audio miracle of 1982

    If ever there has been an audio advancement that lived up to the hype, including their forecast of the future of the technology, this is it. Here is an early report forty years ago. Sony did the...
  7. Romance Languages

    Fritz, sorry to have taken so long to get back to you on this. I am not sure how I can approach this because for me that choice is more musically than romantically based. My favorite is Italian...
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    Ted Gioia speaks about...

    This is by most standards long, 1hr 17mins, but things discussed are all about music, or the music business, or the technology of music reproduction, or combinations of them. Where we on these forums...
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    Re: Sound quality

    Two channel SQ is not quite as obscure as some make it out to be. Understandable for a speaker-centric site, but millions of the users of personal listening enjoy great sound. It is not always cheap...
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    Majestic 10-12 Console Valve Radio 1930

    Widget, how is this for audio bling? The magnificent application of of Art Deco style to this design makes this a winner for me. Has audio furniture ever looked so good since?

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    Art Deco

    I appreciate your information putting Raymond's design acumen in perspective. Art Deco may be my favorite historic design style. The elevator lobby of the Empire State Building should be in an art...
  12. GPA

    Interesting to see Great Plains Audio made it all the way over there. I have seen them sometimes at the Axpona show near Chicago (go every year) but they seem so un-European. From what I have heard...
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    My favorite industrial designer with my favorite...

    My favorite industrial designer with my favorite design of his, Raymond Lowey with his GG1. Worth seeing twice! This I have seen in person.
  14. Lisa Gerrard

    The phenomenal vocalist Lisa Gerrard (best known as half of Dead Can Dance) has made original contributions to the art of the vocal, but one of the more unusual is an original language. She often...
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    Of course I am an outlier in this opinion. It...

    Of course I am an outlier in this opinion. It increased in intensity over the decades as I was bombarded with endless admirations for what audio equipment looked like. Another tiresome influence were...
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    Classic vs Timeless

    When I was in film classes in the late 1960s, the unobtainably expensive (for an art school student) Nagra III off site tape recorder dazzled me with its goof-proof, spartan controls and workmanlike...
  17. Why We Listen to Music With Lyrics We Donít Understand

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5q3gm/why-listen-music-lyrics-dont-understand-sound-songs-foreign-language-macarena-despacito

    (A great deal of my listening involves this as well. Usually the...
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    There is more. In 2003 she returned to performing...

    There is more. In 2003 she returned to performing and recorded at least through 2013. She is 77 now.

    Thank you for the tip. I have been streaming her on Amazon Music and she is a very interesting...
  19. Thread: Lo-fi

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    Lo-fi

    I might be pleading guilty to, culturally speaking, falling off a truckload of turnips, but lo-fi is new to me. At first I thought it was nostalgia for vinyl's sonic imperfections, but it seems...
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    Sticky: Catherine Ashcroft

    I have long considered the Uilleann Pipes to be like the pipe organ. Extreme manual dexterity and multitasking are a prerequisite to expressive playing. Upon hearing a performance it is difficult to...
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    Kaki King Redux

    There was a bump or two in my personal Kaki journey recently. I had a ticket to each of two tour stops near the end of January (the two within reach, Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa) but she had to...
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    Elsa Martin with Stefano Battaglia - SFUEAI

    This came out three years ago but I found it only last month, streaming on Amazon Music HD. The CD is Elsa Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN, they are Italians) handling vocals and Stefano Battaglia on...
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    I could rephrase a little and say that I could...

    I could rephrase a little and say that I could hear the vinyl noise if I thought about it, but listening to music took my full aural attention and it was not within my realm of consciousness. I have...
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    Absolutely, or Plus 1 as it is said around here....

    Absolutely, or Plus 1 as it is said around here.

    One comparison easy to make is to sample over time a really accomplished personal listening system. Experience perfect time alignment, zero room...
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    Yes, and 4K video was described as like looking...

    Yes, and 4K video was described as like looking through a window. Truth be told, we don't even see in 4K.

    I found the book Perfecting Sound Forever by Greg Milner a meaningful dive into what those...
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