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Well played, sir.

 

Everyone knows you need a phd to rock the blue polo.

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Well played, sir.

Everyone knows you need a phd to rock the blue polo.

One last note, your comment about religion vs science. This reminds me more of a wine discussion. You can assess wine with science by its acidity, ph, alcohol content, sugar content, etc, and even if they are all identical the wines can taste completely different and some people will notice differences others won't, in many cases vast differences. This reminds me more of wine than an argument of faith vs science because we acknowledge the science side of the argument, if your analogy were to hold the folks disagreeing with you would not accept it as fact. What's left is all the nuance in real world perception between different people.
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I don't really intend to take sides. I've listened to some tube stuff and been very impressed. I liked it and would consider it. I do have SS equipment now, however.

Except keep in mind that Mario thinks you are just as crazy with your exotic New Zealand solid state amp.

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The audiophile argument strongly parallels Science vs. Faith.

What you blithely fail to comprehend, is that it is you who represents the "faith" in this scenario, with your dogmatic adherence to incomplete or misinterpreted opinions of other people. How much of your opinion is based on real life listening tests (you know...involving you...and your ears)?

I of course, am a total atheist (except for Thor...Thor is a god I can get behind), The supernatural does not exist...even in audio.

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This is even more audiophile salesmanship bull. What adjusts to the sound is betwixt your ears, not the equipment.

Let's pretend that's true for a moment (even though it isn't). Human ears and brains are sophisticated devices...far more sophisticated than the equipment used to measure things on the tests you like to misunderstand. Why are you writing them off as inconsequential elements of the debate, when they are the most important?


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Slew rate, Jitter, THD, frequency response, resolution, dynamic range... these are all quantifiable.

True. But whoop dee doo. THD does not differentiate between different types of distortion. And that's not a minor point.

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for tubes vs. SS, I am in complete agreement their is an audible difference

Wait...what happened to "a watt is a watt"?

Yea, I know....you think tubes are inferior because THD is measured higher on tubes...end of story. We've covered that.

A watt is a watt, therefore a capacitor is just a capacitor. Therefore quality of parts shouldn't matter either. Design and build quality shouldn't matter then either. A watt is a watt...a steak is a steak.


I listen to everything, but in the end, I find the proof is always in the pudding. If it sounds good...it is good.
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Made some purchases at a thrift store this weekend.

Boston Acoustics PV700 sub. Doesn't appear to be anything special, but it is a 200w 12" downfiring sub that seems to work perfectly and the few reviews I could find were complimentary. Need to do some more research to figure out how to set up my receiver's bass management crossover point.

Polk Audio S6 bookshelf speakers (pair) for $35
These have potential, but unfortunately, one of the tweeters is bad. I've already ordered a replacement off ebay...
Was thinking I might use them to replace my mediocre floor-standing speakers now that I have a sub, but they are very efficient and happen to be the exact same height as the top of my comptuter monitor...
So they might replace the infinity sm65s that I have on my desk connected to a little Class-T amp (requiring moderately efficient drivers)
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Polk Audio S6 bookshelf speakers (pair) for $35
These have potential, but unfortunately, one of the tweeters is bad. I've already ordered a replacement off ebay...
Was thinking I might use them to replace my mediocre floor-standing speakers now that I have a sub, but they are very efficient and happen to be the exact same height as the top of my comptuter monitor...
So they might replace the infinity sm65s that I have on my desk connected to a little Class-T amp (requiring moderately efficient drivers)

Does that model use the Peerless tweeter?
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No, it uses the Polk Audio SL5000 tweeter (used in several models form the mid 90s it seems)
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No, it uses the Polk Audio SL5000 tweeter (used in several models form the mid 90s it seems)

I don't know that model, the Peerless is highly sought after. I believe its the older model that uses it, the 6A.
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The super sexy Primare 200 Series from the early 90's. From Danish designer Bo Christensen.

201 preamplifier
202 mono block poweramps
203 fm tuner
204 cd player
205 remote control









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I am not a purist when it comes to tubes vs solid state (have heard great ARC tube amps and preamps) but - FWIW - if money were no object I'd probably go for Pass Labs class A mono-blocks. But that is assuming they're driving Vandersteen or Magico speakers - a drier voiced speaker would probably benefit from tubes. It's all about synergy, at the end of the day.

I just want to say the new pass xa60.8s sound awesome
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Had to share this.
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So anybody following this whole Neil Young Pono Music Player news? Raised over $800k on Kickstarter in just days.

I don't understand how this can sound any better than any other MP3 player that can play lossless files or high-res lossless files.

They claim 'zero feedback circuit', ESS ES9018, and a filter that reduces "pre-ringing" (whatever that is, can anybody elaborate?).

Thoughts?
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So anybody following this whole Neil Young Pono Music Player news? Raised over $800k on Kickstarter in just days.

I don't understand how this can sound any better than any other MP3 player that can play lossless files or high-res lossless files.

They claim 'zero feedback circuit', ESS ES9018, and a filter that reduces "pre-ringing" (whatever that is, can anybody elaborate?).

Thoughts?

I heard him interviewed about it. As I understand it, they are marketing a hi-res music player. Its novel for that reason, I guess all other players play anything.

From what I understand its 192/24 bit resolution.

The interview was VERY dumbed down for the MP3 crowd to understand, so there was no technical language.

The player itself would have severe limitations, these files are rather huge. I don't think it would hold 1/20th of my library. And they are planning to charge a premium for the recordings, which frankly they can fuck off with.

The idea is awesome... we need a source for audiophile quality recordings, but this needs work.
Edited by idfnl - 3/14/14 at 12:11pm
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The idea is awesome... we need a source for audiophile quality recordings, but this needs work.

www.hdtracks.com
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^ from what I hear, the complaint with HDTracks is it's often unclear or not noted where the master for these files are coming from. If Pono's library can indeed verify the master in which their tracks are taken from it would definitely appeal to me more.
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This is what it looks like...

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