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  1. @The Dude I'll be interested too. As the hobby moved from visible attributes to mathematical attributes the benefits and peculiarities of "advances" seem harder for me to appreciate.
  2. Hmmm, just noticed this one in my cassette rack. Recorded in 1987. Sounds great--like honey.
  3. Another of the several "black arts" involved in music making that the end listener has precious little insight into. Oh boy, pretty soon we're going get into "imaging" where the real fun begins!
  4. @Travis In Austin Oh, by all means feel free!
  5. As far as I know............no one is going to jail for using the wrong source material.
  6. Getting LPs to sound great was kind of a "black art" back in the 1970s. Not everyone was good at it. And when you could get a "dialed in setup" you had kind of mastered something....like painting with watercolors and not making a muddy mess. It was like being a good chef. Or, the kind of scout that could always start a fire even in the rain. I was not patient enough. But I had a friend who was, and his LP setup was the one everyone wanted to hear a new record on. He had dozens of tiny tweaks, and adjustments and a really good pair of ears too. It's all just games of mastery and aesthetics at the end of the day. Some guys think a Tesla Plaid is a muscle car, others who own a 1970 HemiCuda ain't gonna buy into that. This stereo crap is about personality, eccentricity, weird preferences and what not. It's all fun WTF, right?
  7. 40Hz is still fine for all but maybe organ music. Low E on the bass is 41 Hz. And not all that many speakers dig very well below 40 either. I think it was Bell Labs in the `1930s that ran a lot of tests and concluded that "balanced freq response" was more important than extremes at either end. In other words, they reckoned that if you had eqaul octave above and below 1Khz, the sound was "natural." So, in this scheme 60Hz is 4 octaves below and 8Khz us 4 octaves above - so that sounds more natural than say, 60Hz to 20KHz. This "theory" they had was employed in telephonic circuits and for sure their old roatary phones sounded 1000% better on a phone call than a $1400 Apple phone does today. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah....40Hz. When I was at ADC (makers of the famous QLM and XLM-II phono cartridges) they didn't try to go much below 40Hz either. I think when they made the Boron cantelever cart they got 32 Hz, but that's from my spotty memory of 1980.
  8. The usual online transaction is: Send me the money, then I'll send you the goods. People are bailing out of the PayPal Gulag in droves. It's a horrible company, with horrible policies. https://truthpress.com/news/paypal-responds-after-losing-thousands-of-accounts/
  9. What year was that magazine? My guess would be 1959.
  10. Now THAT is just bloody funny!
  11. Been awhile, but didn't the Fisher 500 have 7591A output tubes that were hard to source any more? I'm just thinking back 20 years when I remember people scouring the net for them. I could be wrong.
  12. I always wanted to hear the CF-4. It was around before I got into Klipsch speakers and I've never heard them. I have read all sorts of enthusiastic comments about them. If anyone has them - what sort of tone are we talking about? They seem to sell for pretty big $$$, so I assume they have some virtues.
  13. Very nice work. I always liked the tan linen on the original Dynaco Speakers. That "Danish" influence looks very much nicer than boring old black. I never did quite figure out why speaker designers locked onto black with such a death grip. I can't say I've ever had a house where a bunch of big black boxes "enhanced" the decor. Yup - nice setup there! Looks nice in the room!
  14. I believe the "zip" in zipcord refers to the feature that the two conductors can easily be unZIPPED from each other with no tool. (Although I often have to make a tiny slit at the end with an xacto knife). Hmmm? UnzipCord?
  15. I definitely have a bias and preference for physical media over files or cloud media. Probably due to my age. I like "owning" versus renting. I like handling media, and maybe even carrying it with me on occasion. I gave up LPs a few years back even though i loved that form best. A bit too much hassle involved and they took up a lot of space. I very much enjoyed album cover art and liner notes. The covers could entice me, call me, to play the record. I would see a cover and think "yeah! That's what i want to hear." Over the past 50 years my musical interest has become very binary. I love it, or i can't be bothered with it. What i love is primarily music I've loved for decades. If i loved it in 1960, I'm still loving it today. When i play an old favorite, I'm moving back in time and feeling the ideas and people of that moment. A great singer in 1960 still sounds great today. I have Spotify. I don't think it sounds very good overall. I use it mainly like an encyclopedia to find new versions of old songs i like. I started doing home studio recording a couple years ago using 4-trackers and that got me into cassette format. I've bought a lot of music on cassette as a result and i really like the sound of that media a lot. It's like s teaspoon of honey. And i have an unhealthy addiction to cassette recorders and players now. I also love big cars from the 1970s. There might be a connection there? Comparing musical media is a lot like comparing the paper media in photography. When i was heavily into doing photography exhibitions i would buy all these exotic papers to print my photographs, and of course this led to agonizing hours over which paper gave a particular photo the best presentation? Also, lots of wasted ink on paper that didn't look good. And, there was the usual problem of everyone having a different opinion. It was agonizing. Events and Players inhabit two uniquely different realms. No photo of Paris is ever going to convince me "I'm there." And no music media players will ever convince me "There's a woman singing La Boheme in my living room." I gave up and just accepted that simulacrum will always come in behind lived experience.
  16. A significant feature of zipcord is that one conductor has "ribs" molded in making it easy to have (+) and (-) conductors using one color of insulator.
  17. Right. I think the most significant change that killed off investigative reporting was the outrageous 21st century stampede to prosecute and imprison "whistle blowers." Dozens of men and women have been thrown in the clink by the DOJ for exposing "truths" or "facts" that were just too inconvenient, and this has effectively smothered old school investigatove journalism. When I hear people say they want REAL news, I want to remind them that those reporters are in JAIL CELLS rotting and waiting to die - no names need be mentioned. But, this all leads to a much MUCH bigger social problem: Populations are buying the illusions of civilization wholesale. They are accepting the entire theatrical presentation of the competition of nations, religions, political parties, news, sports, surveillance grids, wars, TV, Internet, economics, as though they were thinking, "Yeah - this is what life is!" And being swept into this synthetic vortex of relentless "behavior control" they have lost the 2M year heritage of the species. They are trading in life's magic for endless E-ticket rides through a synthesized Disney-like experience being staged by the likes of silly businessmen, celebs, and Pols. It's REALLY hard to resist the vortex!
  18. Perfectly brilliant! Thanks for typing all that out!
  19. Humans are infinitely curious and crave gossip. News is just the technological incarnation of gossip. No one thinks a reporter is in the War Room, or in a Cabinet meeting, or in the FBI as they review cases, right? Ergo, what reporters get is a statement from a spokesperson. That is simply gossip. They have no conceivable way to verify what they are told, aside from more statements by more spokespersons. All governments everywhere operate in as much secrecy as they can muster. When the government speaks they are naturally creating the narrative they want people to accept. To ever know what's going on the tool we peasants have is the "exhaust vapors." Track the historical data that flows from government action. For example, with inflation one can look back at mountains of data from 2019-2022 and pretty easily piece together what happened to cause this inflation. But you won't get their spokesman to explain it to you on the news.
  20. @Audible Nectar it's always fabulous when we get down to the raw fundamentals!
  21. Every person alive suffers under the illusion that the world should always turn their way. "News" is a manufactured stimulant to keep the population engaged in advertising messages. Angry is good--it drives more news consumption. There's nothing else important about it. The world is organized around creating wealth, not creating wellness. Follow the money. The US economy is 70% consumer buying. That machinery is the most important to keep going. If that merry go round stops the roof falls in. So advertising is absolutely required to keep the game going. And what better cracker to serve it up on than "gossip" -- also called "news". It's a vehicle for wealth creation and has no other inherent value as it now exists in society.
  22. Well, people have no conceivable means of determining what's true. Truth is a red herring when it comes to so-called news. What people do is assign trust to sources that confirm their established bias. News is nothing but a business opportunity like diapers, TVs, and smart phones. The product is cheap to produce, cheap to distribute, and extremely profitable. Media companies owe their shareholders the same dedication to profits that a car company owes their shareholders. They owe nothing to their viewers who are the product they deliver to their advertisers. News is NOT a public service.
  23. Two equally good outcomes.
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