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 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Blocking speaker ports?

 Post subject: Re: Blocking speaker ports?
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:19 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 1155


I think you may have to determine if you are fighting a losing battle with your neighbours. It is good you are communicating and that you are making an effort to address the problem. The thing is whether or not anything you can do will make them happy. Some walls between townhomes are pretty poor at...

 Forum: PC Audio and Music Servers   Topic: Can Youtube provide high quality sound?

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 5:51 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 512


I don't think you will get top quality sound in technical terms, but I have found well recorded stuff sounds and looks excellent. My personal opinion is that if you are not set up to view and listen to you tube on a quality system, you are really missing out on a lot of stuff you can't get anywhere ...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Old Polyester Caps Problematic?

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:47 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 1411


I would experiment with an inexpensive polypropylene cap of the same value to see if it is the capacitor. The change should blow your mind if it is. After you are sure you are on the right road, buy better if you want. Personally, I believe there is significant differences in sonics in different cap...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: Ever listen to music with hands cupped behind ears?

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:10 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 1386


My guess is that this works over a very limited range of frequencies due to the size of the wavelengths of frequency corresponding to the size of the cupped hands. It probably is enhancing the frequencies that are often weakening in our hearing as we age. It also is probably reducing the reflected f...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: How does one will their equipment when kids can't appreciate

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:52 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 1482


I’m really considering selling all of my vinyl. I’m getting older and I came to a realization that I don’t want to buy things anymore, I want to buy experiences. Life is short. I still enjoy music when I have the chance but if you asked me if I would rather listen to a record or spend time with my ...

 Forum: Amplifiers/Preamplifiers   Topic: Tube Buffer Recommendations / Thoughts?

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:23 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1247


I have tried a couple of Yaqin buffers and my experience was that they took away from the sound. If you like tubes, I think you can't do half measures. You might be looking for an 'el34' type sound if it suits your speakers. You might also want to change up your dac to a R2R or non over-sampling or ...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: EQ Room Correction - 2 Channel Stereo

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:11 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 2690


Unless there is some really transparent digital correction for mids and highs at a reasonable cost, I am happy to live with the imperfect response in these areas. I suppose though, it wouldn't hurt to also compensate for hearing loss in addition to room anomalies. On the other hand, I believe there ...

 Forum: Headphones and Portable Audio   Topic: Going full all out headphone setup!

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:46 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1066


I would say if you can't enjoy your speakers in your current environment and that your circumstance isn't changing anytime soon and if you are loving the headphones - then I would go all in. You don't need anything over-the-top for background music in your home so some simple stereo would do just fi...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Tannoy Gold 12s

 Post subject: Re: Tannoy Gold 12s
Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:08 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1027


1.7 Cubic Feet is probably not large enough. A bigger box with a properly tuned port will give you deeper bass. Most drivers of the sort don't usually don't play super low, but I don't think it should sound deficient or inadequate in a properly sized box with a properly tuned port. Even though these...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: Help! Noise complaints.

 Post subject: Re: Help! Noise complaints.
Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:26 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 4515


Imo, once you are targeted by someone who believes it is your music, you could be in a no-win type of situation. If you have large floor standers, you will always be the one to blame even if someone else is making the noise. People just have to see large speakers and they think they are loud. But to...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: anybody hear Blue Circle Tube Simulator Pipe

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:09 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 1453


One would have to wonder what exactly a 'tube simulation' would sound like or what the designer's interpretation of a 'tube sound' or 'tube effect' is. What exactly would one be hoping to gain by adding another stage of sound shaping to their system? Can a person add a product like this and get grea...

 Forum: CDs and LPs   Topic: Free 6-month Tidal subscription

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:42 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 1116


You can use this link to get a free 6-month subscription of the regular (non-HD) Tidal. You have to enter your credit card info, but you can cancel the subscription before the 6-month trial is up to avoid being charged after that. https://go.tidal.com/ca/reg/CA2001/ca4n6La844KgMXR/PREMIUM That site...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Speakers for classical music and big dynamics for $3-$5k?

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:37 pm 

Replies: 321
Views: 23271


This is a really cool room but what looks like a tough room for the type of speakers and sound you are looking for. It really doesn't seem like a room for critical listening but one for entertaining where you have quality, room-filling sound at low to modest levels. If there is some way to hide the ...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Metal mesh or other hard driver covers/grills

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:57 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 459


I have used these grills and attached them with tiny magnets (stacked up for proper clearance) which I crazy-glued onto the grill. The magnets in my case attract to the screws that hold the speaker in place. The waffle pattern probably would look better covered with grill cloth. The magnets I bought...

 Forum: Sources - Digital   Topic: Blind DAC Tests

 Post subject: Re: Blind DAC Tests
Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:46 pm 

Replies: 34
Views: 4413


If you can't tell the difference then you can certainly save a lot of money. My feeling is that with audio, once you hear certain things (even if you believe you hear certain things), you can't 'unhear' them. Again, my opinion based on fallible experience, is that some dacs, or really any source, c...
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