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  1. Astell &Kern

    Or this is free:
  2. When did we become so lazy ??

    "Leave 'em wanting more" is sometimes a good tactic for the musician. And better than an album with thirty five minutes of stuff only there to fill the CD.
  3. When did we become so lazy ??

    I've always thought that the need to do the extra time for a CD damaged the album. With streaming, artists can do works to the length they feel best, whether single, 30 minutes, or an hour plus. Just like in pre-recording days. We may benefit from that.
  4. When did we become so lazy ??

    I've just been listening to a couple of new MQA classical releases on Tidal at the computer. I'm not sure if I'm sold on MQA, the higher resolution, or a better master, or if I'm just in a good mood today, but given proper dynamic range recordings MQA is sounding better to me for low level detail - sometimes. I am enjoying finding new stuff, but will continue buying things I feel the need to, just as before.
  5. When did we become so lazy ??

    Last weekend I was happily streaming and using an iPad to search out new music to play. Except that I don't have the remote for my amp, so I had to get up and turn the volume knob every change of album. Um, I can't even do lazy properly!
  6. Where is the proof or even 'test results'?

    In any case, and with any review, only one sample seems to be used. It does leave the possiblilty of a faulty device, even one where the fault develops after the unit leaves the factory. In the specific case, maybe they should just buy another one? Returning again to magazine reviews, a problem with them is that the manufacturer or distributor determines (and just maybe, has specially built) the review sample, which dutifully then gets sent to all the reviewers in that country or even internationally. We take it on trust that the review sample is typical (and that it remains so, even when just about every manufacturer reserves the right to change specifications, etc.etc.) The site here is an example of democratisation of the review process, where the sample is supplied through the channels a normal customer uses and is measured using a number of different methods and tools. Doing it this way could kill a product through a faulty sample, true, but it may be the only way these days to alert us to a genuinely awful product. I'd also make the point that this product would never make it to the pages of a current day magazine, certainly not one that measures prior to reviewing: so that door is closed for now.
  7. Neil Young at Foodland

    I knew it was the end, sat in the doctor's surgery one day, one of those US talk shows was on the TV and there was an audience of pensioners... happy-clapping to "Anarchy in the UK"! I would have liked to know what came next, but it was the one occasion when the doctor was ready for me on time.
  8. Where is the proof or even 'test results'?

    Generally they do discuss results with manufacturers, and occasionally those discussions do get touched on in the reviews. It would be nice if that happened more often. In some cases, the manufacture is given the opportunity to respond. That's something that happened more in the old days as well.
  9. How much better

    Amplifiers with high GNFB (I've owned a couple) get other things wrong sometimes. Restricted dynamics, for example. Those Japanese amps had plenty of non harmonic distortion and sometimes high intermodulation distortion (wasn't measuring them how that was discovered?). I've heard a few SETs as well. They do well for many people, but I've yet to hear one that does harpsichord realistically, to name one instrument that can be difficult. SS amp designers are much more sophisticated these days without having to sweeten the sound. SETs have improved as well over the years!
  10. How much better

    Ah, I've been on the other side of this argument before... What happens surprisingly often is that people take a form of what you are saying, and combine that with the idea that you can build a system that will always give you that emotion if you just look hard enough. That way lies only disappointment. The system is not there to deliver the emotion. That is the job of the musicians. The job of the system is, putting it starkly, to deliver any of those emotion/feel/passion things that were in the recorded performance. A better system is not one that turns a crap performance into one with feel/emotion/passion, it is one that improves the playback of the recording. Maybe it can better bring out the feel/emotion/passion that is there. And yes, it does that by being more accurate.
  11. The audiophile world spun off its access sometime early in 1976 and is currently in a parallel reality, so no worries there, either.
  12. But the whole aim of the compression exercise is to sound the same through an iPad speaker! No worries there...
  13. Where is the proof or even 'test results'?

    I've been led to understand that the term "high fidelity" was first coined by the makers of acoustic gramophones, back when electrically powered alternatives first came out. It was of course an empty claim. Electric gramophones were so clearly superior that we haven't had a wind-up revival this decade!
  14. Where is the proof or even 'test results'?

    You want test results? Here's a few... Register and get all the HiFi News results for several years in detail. Don't forget Australian HiFi which also publishes test results in some detail. Or Stereophile which has measurements in its website test reviews. There are reviews on various German sites with measurement, from what I remember. I only wish HiFi World would publish more than a little box in its reviews as well, since it's clear more is measured than is given out - but it seems people prefer purple prose per product performance. Those days haven't completely gone! Another gripe - magazines try their hardest not to review iffy products. You'll see them explain that readers only want to know about the "good stuff", hence also a preponderance of high priced items in reviews. Maybe bad product is few and far between - but all the more reason to let us know about any turkeys that get sent in for review, or indeed otherwise.
  15. Yes. But this time I can't be bothered to search.