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  1. The Wussification

    My personal trigger is stupidity. Calling a class of people "wusses" is stupid. Blaming professors for brainwashing college students with Marxism is flat out stupid. Trying to have a discussion of epistemology on an audio forum is pointless and stupid. Allowing lies to propagate unchecked, while being intolerant of a few naughty words, is stupid. This place hasn't become wussified, it's just gotten more stupid, or the stupid has gained more influence here than it really should. That's taking place in our society at large, not just here in the forums. Here's a piece written by one of those dastardly college professors, of economics, and it has important things to say about human interactions, relevant to discussions on political topics as well as magic speaker wires. Oh, and BigStewMan, this is for you:
  2. Heresy III + sub or Cornwall III

    It boils down to room acoustics. With separate subs and mains, the subs can be placed where they best couple to your local acoustics, leaving you the freedom to place the mains for optimal imaging. Those locations rarely coincide, making the sub/main approach more adaptable. And Heresies are kick-butt mains. You may even want to elevate the Heresies on stands, to get the drivers up to ear level and away from obstructions. Heresies are sealed, which makes it fairly easy to blend with subs. Whether you run them full range like Muel suggested or high passed employing bass management, you shouldn't have any problems achieving a smooth transition to your sub(s). With your budget of $900, you're getting to the point where you could consider a pair of subs. A pair of modest subs can smooth your in-room response in ways that a single, more expensive sub never could. How much do a pair of modest sealed 12" subs from SVS go for over there?
  3. Standalone DAC necessary?

    Correct or not depends on if you're interests lie in the truth of the matter as it relates to the reproduction of audio vs. the commercial interests of a DAC vendor. You have to provide more substantial and convincing evidence than you have, at least if the truth is your aim. Just because you felt there was an improvement, you have not established that there actually would be, outside of your own expectations and foreknowledge influencing your perceptions. Under what conditions did you perform your comparison? Any bias controls whatsoever? You've probably fallen victim to what Feynman pointed out, that the easiest person to fool is ourselves. To subsequently report your subjective opinion as unvarnished truth, as justification that the OP should use to buy kit he doesn't need and may or (more likely) may not provide any audible improvements, is NOT correct.
  4. Standalone DAC necessary?

    You are correct. It's time to enjoy some music, and forget all about those little consumerism voices telling you that you need to spend more.
  5. I think you're right on target as to how us horn folks have to read between the lines with Toole's books, so you're providing a valuable service with this analysis. Still, there is lots of good info to be had, e.g. the chapters on bass are chock full of info that's more generally applicable regardless of what your mains are.
  6. Crossover and speaker settings - Help Please!

    Well, there is tons of energy in music above 80 hz, perhaps more than you realize. Larger drivers will have a significant advantage in clean headroom, which allows Roy and company much more wiggle room to engineer proper bsc and tonal balance into the speaker. This takes a lot of capability from the driver, to frequencies north of 500 hz, perhaps higher. I would tend to agree, using 15" mid/woofs from 80 hz on up may be overkill. However, PWK once mentioned that it would be heretical to use a 15" woofer without horn loading. High passing such a speaker would reduce cone excursion and IMD, perhaps not as much as horn loading would, but it's still a step in the right direction.
  7. Which brand receiver to reduce brightness

    Not to state the obvious, but use the Arcam's tone controls. (page 26 in the owners manual)
  8. Latest Forte III review

    Good ol' Steve seems to be using his eyes more than his ears, and regurgitating some horn lore (that they suck for certain genres).
  9. Keep in mind the rather different dispersion patterns between the speakers when it comes to imaging/soundstage presentation. Each has it's own specific limitations and trade offs with your room's acoustics and your ears. With the Fortes you can do things such as cross-firing them (heavy toe-in), which takes advantage of time/intensity trading to expand and stabilize the sweet spot. It also tends to add apparent depth to the presentation. This is a trick that wide dispersion speakers simply cannot pull off. Stereo is merely a trick the mind plays, and as the end goal is a bit squishy and unspecific, there is no right way. But the different approaches have different results. Good wide dispersion speakers like your old Thiels can hang an image seemingly independent from the physical location of the speakers. Controlled directivity via horns can reduce the influence of local acoustics to the point of transporting you to the venue, so to speak, where ambient and spatial cues from the recording itself dominate your local acoustic's influence.
  10. Understanding THD in tube amplifiers

    Your experience reminds me why I prefer hassle free digital sources.
  11. Understanding THD in tube amplifiers

    Probably a simple ground loop, due to adding the new piece of kit to your rig, rather than the hum coming from the processor itself. Check that first.
  12. Understanding THD in tube amplifiers

    Cool. Glad you're liking it. That's an interesting device. It's different settings apparently (based on their cryptic verbiage) manipulate the amount of feedback around the tube stage to get the different sound characteristics. That's a far cry from a tube amp coupled to a transducer, but if mere audibly different profiles are the goal it should do that. Since you're still using your big amp, you also don't suffer from the main drawback of those fine sounding single ended tube power amps: low power. .
  13. Forte III bi wire

    Those speaker terminals are not separate amp channels, just paralleled outputs of the same channel (note the warning in the manual regarding running two pair of low impedance speakers). If it sounds better to you, great, but what you're claiming (the cause being increased power) is physically impossible.
  14. Understanding THD in tube amplifiers

    Well, if you have soldering skills and enough awareness to not electrocute yourself, one of Maynard's designs would set you back less than that. Lil Sweetie parts cost is probably three bills or so. Just under 2 watts of single ended goodness that would have you scuba diving through the layers in the mix. You've got the speakers for it.