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  1. One more: Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard $5
  2. I'll take: Eric Clapton - Clapton (no price listed, let me know) Ry Cooder - Into the Purple Valley $5 J.J. Cale - Naturally $5 Joe Cocker - With a little help from my friends $5
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    Jazz CDs for sale

    The Excel file opened fine for me. PM Sent.
  4. I seem to recall it is more of an issue if you use 'metal' tape. But, I don't have a demagnetizer and my tape heads have not been demagnetized in years. I use 'metal' tape almost exclusively. While my tape deck is setup and ready to use in my main 2-channel system, I don't run tape very often these days. Mostly I just use it when a guest comments on it. I like to show them how good cassette can sound Most people are very surprised how it sounds, because they have never heard a good tape setup. They just remember their JC Penney 'hi-fi" system with the built in tape deck, playing back those pre-recorded white shell cassettes.
  5. I don't know about that. Back in the day, the audio shop I frequented would host factory reps and engineers in the store periodically. The Nakamichi engineers would look over your tape deck, measure and adjust things, and clean and demagnetize the heads. They did it to mine several times. I'm not sure what the heads are made of, maybe there is some ferrous metal in there. ?
  6. Just don't do it. I never play 'standard' store bought tapes. The only store bought tapes I play are very high quality ones like the Nakamichi Reference Series.
  7. I still have my Nakamichi. Properly recorded, on quality tape, cassettes sound very good. I used to use Nakamichi branded tape to record vinyl to. Nakamichi bought their tape from TDK. They would get the middle of a 'pancake' of tape and put it in their Nak branded shells (the middle of the 'pancake' is supposed to be the most uniform). I always used the 'metal' tape. I have a couple of reference recordings that Nakamichi did to showcase the sound of cassette. They are fantastic sounding! Another aspect of making tape sound good is keeping the heads clean and demagnetized. It's not hard to do, and makes a big difference.
  8. I was looking forward to another one of Carl's slushies, but it doesn't look like I'll make it this year. Maybe next year...
  9. Getting ready for Thanksgiving.... Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant
  10. NIce play @Full Range ! I have an original pressing of that in my collection in VG+/M- condition. One of my prized LPs. My current play: Chris Stapleton Traveler
  11. https://fayar.craigslist.org/ele/d/klipsch-heresey-speakers/6737517670.html
  12. Journey Captured
  13. While I enjoying having others audition my systems, it is not disappointing to me if they are not impressed. The only person I want my audio systems to impress is me. If you listen to my systems and just shrug your shoulders, or even harshly criticize it, I don't care. Conversely, if you listen to my systems and express pure joy and amazement, it doesn't really bring me any greater satisfaction. That doesn't mean that I don't value your thoughts and comments. I may very well learn from your experiences, reactions and comments, but they don't change the level of enjoyment for me. I'm not trying to sell anything. Not the gear, not the technology, not the experience... nothing. I have had similar experiences. However, they don't lead me to the conclusion that those people are not capable of discrimination (although that may be the case sometimes). I just accept that what they like to hear is different than what I like to hear, or their hearing is different than mine. I'm glad they have an audio system that they are proud of, and that brings them joy; whatever the source of that joy may be.
  14. Opus

    No Whining Wine

    Oops... no coaster. Sorry @jimjimbo… I couldn't help myself.
  15. Opus

    No Whining Wine

    Container type is irrelevant. How about homemade muscadine wine in a jelly jar?
  16. It was just for the picture. I don't have much room for staging photographs here. Don't worry, that NEVER happens on the SX-1250 at home.
  17. I'm not pooh-poohing A/B/X testing. I have said, in this thread, that it is necessary for designing and building quality products. I've seen Roy's lab, and I certainly appreciate his efforts (and have immense respect for his knowledge and experience). But I am not designing, building, or selling audio products. I'm a consumer of audio products. I think that A/B/X testing, or other scientific methods, are less important than "real world" listening when it comes to me deciding what I like. I've said it many times... if it makes me smile when I listen to it, it's good!
  18. Subjectively/Emotionally testing/enjoying my SX-850 and KG4s at my cabin on a Friday evening....
  19. I'm not necessarily skeptical of the science. It's more that I'm skeptical of how the data that was obtained through that science has been manipulated and presented. There's always some bias there. As you said, "...the main applications are in advertising." For me how something sounds "in reality" is more important than how it "sounds" according to the data. Yep.
  20. Yep, my perceptions are mutable. I said as much when I said that in an A/B/X test I might like A one session and then B the next session. In addition to enjoying the music, part of the fun of this hobby is hearing that music on different systems, and deciding which I like better; But, I don't think that can done in a brief A/B/X session. I want/like to hear something over an extended period of time, under different circumstances, and with different music. Fortunately I have yet to fall for any of the multitudes of expensive "snake oil" gadgets, gizmos, and fixes in this hobby. In large part due to my healthy skepticism of "scientific data" put forth by those that sell that stuff.
  21. That's somewhat condescending. I may not be an expert in "the science of human perception." But, I am the expert in my own perception of what I like and don't like; as is every other individual on this planet. I am not throwing science under the bus. There are many aspects of the hi-fi hobby to be enjoyed. If one's enjoyment comes from building/creating/analyzing, then, sure, applying scientific methodologies is relevant and valid. But if one's enjoyment comes from the emotional impact of listening to music, IMHO, scientific analysis is not the deciding factor. Scientific methodologies cannot determine what will bring me enjoyment and make me smile. Some of us enjoy designing/building/improving various audio reproduction components. Some of us enjoy listening to the music reproduced by those components. Which of those is your primary motivation sort of determines your thoughts on this. And, it is possible for one's primary interest to move between those two over time.
  22. Thanks for the detailed description ClaudeJ1. I think I understand the premise. And, I am not trying to dismiss the technical or statistical validity of such testing. However, for me the enjoyment of this hobby comes primarily from the emotional impact of listening to the music. I suspect if I were to be subjected to that sort of testing, I may not be able to meet your 12 out of 16 goal. I may even be inconsistent in which one I preferred from one test session to the next. Since for me listening to music is an emotional thing, my preferences are likely influenced by things such as my current mood, how bad/good my day has been thus far, etc. Such critical/technical analysis is necessary to develop quality products. It's just not necessary for me to determine what makes me smile while listening to my music.
  23. Understood. However one must realize that the results that are presented from such evaluation/research do contain some bias, and weight them accordingly. As I said before, I tend to put more weight on the personal listening experiences of myself and others. I have always been, and always will be, skeptical of claims made by anyone trying to sell something. That doesn't mean I completely discount those claims, I just realize there is some bias in them somewhere. Does that mean that I have bought some audio gear that I ultimately did not like? Sure. But, there was value in spending some time listening to it. As for babadono's original question; is there merit to A/B testing? Maybe. But, I feel like I am happier with my choices regarding the gear I use after long-term listening. I might like something after a brief listening session, but after spending a few weeks with it decide I don't care for it as much as I originally thought. After all, I plan to listen to music over the long term, not just for 10 minutes, or an hour. Maybe another thing that affects my approach to this is that logic and critical analysis are a big part of my job every day. In my leisure time, it's nice to escape from that and just enjoy the emotional experience of well-reproduced music.
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