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  1. Just about every modern pop song on YouTube Vevo or Spotify has killer bass (including Selena Gomez), it’s a ‘thing’ about modern radio/hits music. Just search and play Summer Hits 2017 on Spotify for example, and you’ll know what I mean.
  2. Wife wants another dog... so...

    Thanks ... your dogs look bigger than a MSx? Here’s mine (Snowy) , similar to yours and not sure what breed she is as she was a shelter rescue dog. Terrific little dog very intelligent and human in her ways, must get a genetic test done to determine what she is. Steve.
  3. Vavle V's Solid State

    Your new ancillaries sound pretty good, the difference in sound to your favoured old system probably lies in the speakers of choice, ie, Shahinian vs Zu Soul. The Shahinians have multiple drivers and are omnidirectional presenting a spacious and natural (softer) sound. In contrast, the Zu Souls are a single driver concept focussed and snappy sounding and with probably a slight rise in the upper mids-lower treble, which will sound ‘hot’ on your ears when played loud. I would suggest trying out other loudspeakers to see if the familiar musical response returns to your room. Steve.
  4. How much better

    TerryO has almost summarised this discussion, namely, that comparing apples with apples $3K spent on secondhand cannot beat $30K spent on secondhand. Similarly, if comparing new for new $30K spent will win out. That said, you can have a win sometimes by looking out for unique and thoughtfully created products like the speakers in Al M’s avatar ...the new Yamaha NS-5000. I think that that loudspeaker @$20K competes in the $100K+ Class for accuracy and refinement, having heard Wilson Audio Alexia and the like. Agree too that DIY done right (or close enough) punches very high. An example is one of my own humble spkr constructs shown below. I built this using about $4K RRP in parts, mainly because to get that type of sound quality commercially you would have to spend at least $10K on s/h or $20K+ on a new loudspeaker. Not suggesting it’s for everyone as you need time and patience, but it is a rewarding pursuit. Steve.
  5. Alcohol Dampens Hearing

    I bet sometimes to dull the pain of other people’s music choices? Thanks for the good wishes Dave ...did Santa bring any new toys for you this year and what speakers are you listening to at the moment from your very nice collection? Hi Mike, Being (not) a tee-totaller it was not my intention to dampen, but rather try and enlighten. Jokes aside, I am not convinced there are lingering effects on hearing across a period of one week with the consumption of alcohol. For example, my system was sounding pretty sweet this morning, regardless of the last few days of Christmas festivities. Steve.
  6. Alcohol Dampens Hearing

    Haha ...that's why it is a good policy not to imbibe if bidding on auction sites, the words trigger happy comes to mind.
  7. Firstly, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families ... This article from Dr Karl was forwarded to me by a fellow SNAer and I thought it would be a good time to share it, in this Festive Season. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2016/04/26/4448817.htm Well I don't want to be a party-pooper, but it has now been officially confirmed by the inimitable Dr Karl that alcohol and critical listening do not mix. I always thought that alcohol and critical listening was never a good mix and put it down to a fuzzy head and a general loss of acuity, but it appears that there is more to it. Some of the salient points of this article are (some parts add-libbed): a lot of hearing was lost around the 500-1,000 Hz range - which are frequencies where a lot of speech happens ...vocal music is dulled. on average, the men would lose between two and nine decibels (dB) of hearing, while women would lose more, between five and twelve dB. it takes about a week between drinking for hearing to return to pre-alcohol intake levels. And overall, most of the temporary hearing loss was down at the lower bass frequencies (probably why we turn the wick up for better bass when we have had a few). since the effects can last up to a week and if you are having drinks a week apart or more frequently (which means quiite few of us), it is possible your frequency perception is impaired to some extent the whole time. What the! So what does all of this mean for audiophiles in general and Stereonetters: - tee-totallers have better ears?? - like 'don't drink and drive', maybe at the next GTG you need to say you drank water not beer or wine - before we can take your reports on SNA seriously. No fun in that, is there? - personally for me in the current Festive Season, I think I will abstain from any audiophile critical listening for about a month! Still got New Years Eve to go ... Cheers, Steve.
  8. Marantz cd94 mk2

    Hi Brendan, Nice mod-project and agree the CD94 with TDA1541 dac chip and CDM1 pro transport sled mechanism has a lot of potential. Never quite liked it ‘as is' though, I once owned CD94+DAC94, the combo was over engineered and had a bland (undynamic) sound. With mods can take off. I still have in the armoury and use a Zen-clocked, Duelundnized, battery powered CD94 transport into a TDA1541 Killerdac ...amazing humanistic sound as opposed to a mechanical digital result. Cheers, Steve.
  9. Audio myths and misconceptions

    This is an inspired piece of writing by Rocky500 that explains why we all like to hang out on Stereonet ...both those who like to trust their ears and the technically inclined. Personally, I like Stereonet because it has a reasonably balanced population of somewhat emotive gut instinct people and those who like to get to the bottom of things with the science and quantifiable explanations. Although, I do find that the former sometimes get shouted down by technical explanations - which in my experience doesn't explain everything (well not yet anyway). There are so many ways to bake the audiophile cake to produce a musical result for each individual's needs that, depending on your perspective it can be an 'artform' or a 'science', both approaches are valid and an amalgamation usually produces the best result, ime. I also tend to think that this is a rich and diverse hobby that needs to be looked at from many angles. Like most artistic ventures there is a combination of the required technique (to guide the process) and the need for expression (to produce a satisfying end result). Its a bit like cooking fine food, you can be like Heston Blumenthal and break it down to the science and get a buzz out of explaining it or be like a super-taster and just savour the result. My own habits when trying to assess a component is to go to sites like DIYAudio.com for technical merits and to go to sites like Stereonet for user/listener reviews. If you are smart you would never rely on just one, as neither site explains everything. DIYA has 100,000+ users all very clever at building things and getting to the bottom of explaining circuits and how they work, but have you noticed how there is very little discussion about 'how things sound'. I like that site as I like to tinker with equipment, but I think music and sound discussions are kind of passively discouraged and seen as something airy-fairy that requires no traction, like it has no application in making good music ...sometimes to the loss of the discussions I feel. Anyway the upshot is, here on Stereonet we can accommodate all points of view and it doesn't have to be an authoritative site, just one for discussing all things audio. Cheers, Steve.
  10. Audio myths and misconceptions

    *Please do not place me in the warm and cosey camp - as I do like accuracy and in my overall view accuracy = musicality. However, one obvious example of things maybe not measuring so good, but sounds very good - is valve amplifiers vs. solid state amps. Have you noticed how most valve amps seem to sound very good, but it is VERY difficult to find an exceptional sounding solid state amp? In my experience, the ratio is about 5:1, you will find five good sounding valve amps before you find a good/equivalent sounding solid state amp. This could just be a matter of my opinion though. Another example is Guru's Audionote room at the Melbourne Hi-Fi show that I heard a few years ago. It had valve amplifiers and standard looking Audionote ANE loudspeakers in standard sized boxes and standard Scanspeak drivers (or whatever?) loading up into the room corners (a no-no for accuracy?), but it sounded the most musical to me.
  11. A system to thump me in the chest

    Love it TB, the JBLs look good in your room.
  12. A system to thump me in the chest

    Of course, my current system is totally kicking hard! Dynaudio D54 into 500Hz Edgar Horn @104dB efficiency, Acoustic Elegance USA Dipole 15" Open Baffle bass and Eton 11"-581 in a classic 80L BR box all actively run with DBX and six solid state amplifiers ...this is why I am appreciating this thread at the moment. Cheers, Steve.
  13. A system to thump me in the chest

    Yep JBL 4435, that'll do it easy but in a 20m2 (4mx5m) room space will be tight!