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  1. I agree with aussievintage (and now snoopy8). I too doubt that a new DAC is a solution. Room and placement of speakers and chair(s) are fundamental to good sound. And it's free to experiment with alternative placements. Audio spectrum analysers for a phone are cheap/free. They should give a good enough indication of what is happening at your seat. Play some white noise and see. As a general statement, it's better with speakers and ears away from walls, but of course that may or may not be possible in your situation.
  2. NBN Co and Telstra have my address as 999 Bullamakanka Way, Beyond The Black Stump, but in reality just 3 min from Dans. Always something special to drink when visitors happen along, but be warned, you will have to listen to me describing the gory details of my hifi components (which all seem to have a bit of individual querkiness about them).
  3. Those comments about our collective ages are so close to the mark. I have enough already to go close to seeing me into a nursing home. Now that my youngest son (adult) is away from home (temporary or permanent??) and Mrs A doesn't drink much anymore, we are drinking less as a household. I am still buying the same stuff, so the cellar grows - now 1463 bottles. I suppose I should stop buying; naah; where's the fun in that. I have given up buying hifi, but I may get anxiety attacks not buying grog. Since these pictures were taken, gaps in the racks have largely been filled and there are boxes on the floor! The two pictures were supposed to join. Ahhh well, close enough. Sorted into region and/or variety and documented in a spreadsheet, so nothing is ever "lost".
  4. I don't use cloud storage at all. It is just file space on someone-else's computer somewhere in the world. You have no control over what, who, when, why ... Just my suspicions after 30 years in the industry. I am very comfortable looking after backups myself. And in any case we don't have NBN (and not likely to get it) and therefore insufficient bandwidth to move that amount of data around. I have 3 easily removable USB disks which are image copies of each other give or take a few recent updates. No special software either just standard operating system file transfer programs. One disk sits in the bookcase (not electrically or logically connected to my computer network or hifi) Another is in a cupboard in another part of the house A third used to be in my parent's house in another town entirely, but now is in my post office box, also in another town. Different brands and different ages of disk to spread the risk of them all failing at once. Circulate their use as well so that they are all kept active. You would need a cataclismic event to lose all of them - blue smoke need not apply.
  5. My subs aren't Aslan but the instruction manual for mine says there is no problem with RCA "Y" splitters to feed the 2 inputs on each sub. I have done it. I presume that it means more input voltage for it to work with, particularly in my case where the sub has its own inbuilt DSP with ADC/DSP/DAC steps. Don't know about Aslan subs though. @Aslan is a member here so maybe he is still around for comment on one of his babies.
  6. One of my last museums bites the dust. In the early-mid eighties, I decided to collect one or two of each of the classified Bordeaux, as many as I could find (and Burgundies too); sort of more like stamp collecting than wine drinking. I did particularly well, managing to collect about 3/4 of the chateaux and most of the Burgundies. But I always intended to drink them rather than keep them as some sort of investment. So after 40 years I am coming to the end of the set with just a couple left. We had this Ch. Margaux yesterday with friends who are interested in such things. You can see from the cork in the bottle that even though the top part was still sealing the bottom part had shrunk away. The cork pushed in as expected. We didn't decant as the shock may have caused the wine to "disintegrate" so just poured it gently into another bottle to separate from the cork and the sediment (of which there was very little). Still remarkably brick red with minimal brown. Lifted, almost perfumed nose with dry chalkiness. Long intact palette, still with plenty of substance and finish. You don't get into the first growth for nothing. In cases like this I always bring a first reserve just in case, but I have put the Fort back in the cellar for another time. The Margaux was $49 in May 1981 and was bought at Roseville Cellars on one of my "hunting" trips. $49 was pretty bloody expensive at the time ('75 Grange was $12.50) so God knows how much they go for now. Anyway that's not the point - it was a great wine.
  7. We have been twice struck via the landline. On one occasion it took out the router/hub/computer/USB printer and the home security system, all attached directly or indirectly to the phone line. Telstra installed an earth connected box thingo on the incoming line. I don't want to see if it works, so I unplug all aerials and phone lines these days.
  8. Hi Dave, I have had a DEQX for 10 years or more. I too have read that the overall slope should be "downhill" from bass to treble; tried that from time to time. However I find that to be far too heavy on the bass and I just run the whole spectrum flat. In my room with excessive treatment the treble dies off naturally without EQ. Troughs in the bass are more than often the result of cancellation of the direct and reflected waves being 180º out of phase. The peaks are more than often summation of in-phase waves. If you try to EQ troughs caused be cancellation it won't work because you are just pouring more energy into a void. Lopping the tops off peaks does work, though. Lots of people say that using EQ may fix the freq response but only does so where you measure and makes it worse elsewhere. Well that is true, but I don't sit elsewhere! so what happens there is of no concern to me in my chair where I did measure. I have a single "chair" environment. I set the mains and the chair for best imaging (=mid and high freqs). Then I solved my room's bass response (every room everywhere has issues) by judicious placement of my 2 subs. I run the mains full range and then place the subs where they naturally fill in the troughs, finally lopping off the tops of peaks with EQ. I don't EQ above 200Hz. My subs are not there for bass reinforcement but to flatten the curve (now there's a novel phrase); in fact they are barely "on" volume-wise. Moving the mains by small amounts has little to no effect on the bass. Bass wavelengths are best thought of in metres and moving stuff a few centimetres cannot have any effect other than on high freqs where the movement is more comparable to wavelengths. As you thought, I suspect that moving one speaker will not solve the bass problem but will more than likely stuff-up the mids and highs. [Related but not directly so ... Room modes (standing waves) are often reported as being the main bass problem. Well, they weren't for me. My problems stemmed from the first reflection off the back wall cancelling the direct bass coming from the speakers in the front of the room. It's called SBIR. Having a sub in the back of the room solved this to a large extent, as did huge quantities of thick heavy fibreglass sheets and tube traps covering the back wall to kill that first reflection. It's not pretty but it worked for me. Of course, I have planar speakers so the way that they interact with the room is different to traditional cone speakers. I have spent more time taking the room out of the equation rather than manipulating the speakers' freq response.]
  9. This is the result of the masterer twisting the "compression knob" too much. Essentially it means that they made the quiet bits loud, the middle bits loud and the loud bits loud. ie. no contrast between the soft and the loud. This leads to a dull loud boring sound. It is known as dynamic compression and has been happening since the mid 90s. Collectively it is known as the "loudness war". The idea was to make your CD sound louder than someone elses and presumably gain more attention. Useful for playing in high noise environments such as jogging, car player, musac, nightclubs etc etc but horrible for hi-fi-ers. There are some masterers that don't do it these days, but not many, and even re-masters of old favorites are not immune to compression. Many of us try to ignore the compressed ones as much as we can and prefer the original releases from the 80s even if they have to be bought second hand. Compression is generally not as great on LP or classical. The pictures show the volume during a small interval of one song. The one on the left has little or no dynamics and the volume has been cranked to the maximum allowed. The right hand picture is not nearly as loud but has good dynamics (= the little peaks and troughs). The right hand version is much more pleasant and natural sounding. I find that http://dr.loudness-war.info/ is a useful resource. The "greener" the statistic the more dynamic range it has.
  10. My SACD is the 20th anniversary, made in Europe 2005. There is the MobFid SACD (2013) and a Japanese SACD (2014 and 2016). The only Canadian reference that I can find is just a release of the CD. I know that we are talking SACD, but ... Warning; If one is thinking that the CD layer of the SACD may be better than the other CD masterings then that is not the case. The CD layer on the 20th anniversary SACD is very badly compressed. Here is the CD layer versus the original 1985 CD. What were they thinking!
  11. KEF Concerto Early 1970s The woofer is a B139, the tweeter is a T27, can't remember the model number of the mid.
  12. Burning Shed is back on-line. I received an email. I followed their instructions to change my password. There is a free EP to download, presumably for them to say sorry and thank me for re-joining. 11 tracks, 100MB zip, various artists. [Edit; they are MP3s]
  13. I have a thing for Tasmanian Pinots at the moment. I buy a lot from "The Pinot Shop" in Launceston. https://www.pinotshop.com/ Michelle scours the island for Pinot and sells single bottles, 6 packs, regional selections and mystery selections. I reckon that a lot of the small producers use her as their retail outlet. Some other bits and pieces from NZ and Vic ... Almost all Pinot but occasional Chardonay and Riesling. Even saw a Tas Shiraz one day. Worth a try and some very excellent wines there. ------------- I am a shareholder in Treasury Wine Estates (listed on the ASX). They have a shareholders sales point on the web, which you may (or may not?) be invited to join if you are a shareholder. You may have to ask - dunno. I buy a lot from them. Opens up to Penfolds, Lindemans, Seppelt, Buring, Wynns, Coldstream Hills, Heemskirk, St Huberts, Wolf Blass and a host of others. Compare prices with Dan first - sometimes he is cheaper even when Treasury is selling on special.
  14. A bit of a story ... A couple of years ago, I went to the second nearest Dan to buy some Clonakilla and Pipers Brook stuff that the local Dan didn't have. Mrs A came along for the drive. So we get there and find that the old shop is in the process of moving to new premises in a different part of the shopping centre which was being refurbished. I hate change but managed to find the new parking area amongst the barriers and trucks and customers wandering aimlessly. The shop itself was not too bad but there were boxes and moving stuff around. I set off to find my things while Mrs A looked in the rummage barrel/cheap/bin end aisle as she does. I am ready to check out and I say "Did you find anything?". "Ohh, maybe there is a nice bottle there - did you see the Champagne?". "Uh, no - really." So off we go to have a look. I spot a "Chateau de Bligny" champagne reduced to $20. Ooh, I'll buy them - real fizz for $20 - can't beat that! Bought the lot. So I am just about to go again and Mrs A says "Didn't you like the other one?". "What other one?". "The one in the purple bottle". I don't look at coloured bottles - normally rubbish dressed up to sell. Anyway I'll have a look. Tattinger. OK, I know Tattinger but not this label. Reduced to $36. Yeah, OK, I'll get some of them too. Anyway we went home and I looked up Tattinger Nocturne and discovered the RRP was $99, so after some aahing and erring I went straight back to Dans and bought the whole lot - 15 bottles. We have been having a bottle every now and again and it is indeed great and at $36 well.... Had one on Friday. I reckon that it has considerable age as the bead is very light and is a yellowy-straw colour. Probably the reason why Dan had it reduced twice and in the rummage aisle - old, and just wasn't selling. The palate is rich and structured with maybe a lot of Pinot Noir and could there be a few grains of residual sweetness. Don't know. Anyway I reckon that its fantastic and quite different to the pre-dinner Chardonnay types. Mrs. A is not that fond of it and prefers the Chardonnay style. That's alright - more for me. Nocturne is a good name for it. Clever Mrs A. Still not sure if she recognised it or was just attracted by the coloured bottle. She did realise that it was Champagne though, so maybe ... PS. Looked at the label. It is indeed 60% red grape. They acknowledge some sweetness. It's also blended over different vintages. PPS. Now that McWilliams (the agent for Tatt) is in a lot of financial trouble, I'm keeping my eye out just in case they have to off-load.
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