Not sure if this is the best place to post this thread on SNA ... but it seemed like a good idea at the time!
Tonight, I went to a concert by "Ludovico's Band" in the Recital Centre, in Melbourne. They were "doing" Monteverdi.
The opening had the, maybe 10?, musicians on stage ... but the first sound we heard was a drummer, striking the top skin of a drum that was, maybe, 90cm long and 40cm in diameter - skins both ends. (I don't know what such a drum is called.)
Anyway, as he came in from the side, to centre stage, he was - at most - 3m away. The percussive effect of the (wooden) drumsticks on the skin was incredible!
So I started pondering what is required in a hifi system to deliver such a sound.
I am interested in your opinions ... mine is that one of the essential requirements is an amplifier that has a PS which is capable of instantaneously delivering, say, 500 times the average wattage being used?
This instantaneous power delivery is required to faithfully deliver the leading edge of the drumstick "strike".
Which suggests that a good flea-powered SET (3w) needs a PS capable of delivering 1K5w, for 0.01 seconds. (Which, AIUI, means many 10s of thousands of uF on the DC rail.) Trouble is, I suspect makers of such SET amps do not use such excessive PSes.
Likewise, to faithfully deliver the leading edge of the drumstick "strike", a good 100w amp needs a PS which can supply 50Kw, for 0.01 seconds. Hence some amp mfrs use 100,000uF in DC rail filter capacitance!
So, what do others think?
Try to get a listen to some big 80s JBL monitors of the take up half your wall type
For life like drums and dynamics nothing beats big light stiff cones with massive magnets !
Ok - I am well and truly a taken by the dark side - I no longer own any CD's ( I have about 30 SACDs) and use my Schitt Bifrost DAC on rare occasions only, 90% of home listening is vinyl.
That said I still have a big digital music collection and go to iTunes a fair bit - we all need music on the go and my Yamaha GT2000 has proven a problem to use while flying !
So just saying - if iTunes, or any similar online store would just go hi res 24 bit I might be tempted to, well turn :0 - I find 24 bit done well, not better than vinyl, different, but good in many way
I suspect I am dreaming
I know about HD tracks, but that no were near iTunes in scope or ease of use
iPhoto - you cannot add text to an image. WTF? Even MS paint offers this ability! There are some hacks to do it, but they are not pretty nor simple. What version is iPhoto at now? FAIL!
iTunes - I want to copy a mp3 file from one album to another album. Easy? Nope. Since I'm a UNIX guy at heart, I took to having a look at where the guts of iTunes were located, and let's just say that short of editing an xml file and probably a .sql lite dbase, it's UGLY. Now, why did I want to do this (it is an unusual request I do admit) - well, I have multiple versions of a particular album. I exported one of the songs to a 20 second m4a ring tone a year ago, and mistakenly left the edited 20 second version and not the full version in iTunes. So, when I listen to that album, that particular song is only 20 seconds and it annoys the hell out of me. Yes, I can listen to one of the other variant albums where the song is unedited. But that's not the point, I wanted to copy the song from an unedited album and paste it into the album with the damaged version. No go. I'm sure there's some ugly hack to do it, but that is not the raison d'etre of Apple's software according to Apple, is it?
Finder? I wanted 2 finder windows open, one showing the content of one folder, and the other finder window showing the content of another folder. Do you think that's possible? No. The finder window(s) automatically update to mirror the content open in the original finder window. Stupid? Yes. Retarded? Yes. Only Apple could have such a retarded UI. Even Windows 3.1 from 17 years ago can do this! Even much older UNIXes using CDE (common desktop environment) can do this!!!
What's that? You want to 'cut' a file (i.e. move it from one location to another)? Forget it in OS X. It's drop or drag and nothing else (unless you want to drop to the command line and use the 'mv' command). Retarded? Yes. Every bloody other operating system file manager GUI in existence offers this feature and functionality, except for Apple.
PS I'm not the only one with complaints on this sort of retarded UI functionality, Google it and you'll see millions of other people complaining about these sorts of issues in OX X and Apple applications.
edit: worse, Apple, in its infinite wisdom doesn't obviously listen to feedback, and has a "you'll do it our way" attitude.
Not sure who's the retarded one ?
1. Yes your correct iPhoto does not allow you to add text over a photo - not what iPhotos is for, its more a photo library with simple editing tools, but that a fair comment it does not do what you want
2. iTunes - easy - click on song - right click ( or control click ) and chose get info - modify album and album artist
3. Finder can have two windows open and showing different views - do it all the time
4. Cut - right click - cut is an option along with paste ? or command C to copy and command V to paste