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· Follow-up from Sweetvinyl to the SC-2 demo at John Pluta's    posted Nov 29, 2017 (show)
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  • I reported the reactions to the demonstration of the Sweetvinyl SC-2 at John Pluta's to the team at Sweetvinyl, including the reaction from a few members that the processed signal seemed a bit different than the unprocessed. Specifically, a few listeners heard reduced treble energy and a less forward sound in the midrange.

    Here is the reply from Dan Eakins of Sweetvinyl (the Leo referred to below is one of the developers of the Sugarcube software and hardware):

    "Interesting about your comment regarding the comments from the two listeners. We have had a similar experience with one person – we can’t hear it but he claims to be able to hear something similar.

    "It caused Leo to go back and look into the D-A code and he thinks he found something which he has been experimenting as an improvement. We should be able to update the code on your AD-DA subsystem to try it – if you are interested in asking these two to try it again at some point.

    "Let’s make a note to look into trying this."

    Best,
    -Dan

    Amazing dedication to their products, if you ask me. I replied that once these changes and other updates to the software are made (probably a few months away), I would try to schedule another audition.

    Phil
· R.I.P. Arnie Nudell    posted Nov 22, 2017 (show)
· Almost Every Recent Hit Song Was Written by Either of Only Two Guys    posted Nov 22, 2017 by JimOfAllTrades (show)
  • Or, two guys have managed a monopoly on hit song writing.
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  • NY Post Article
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  • Hard as it is to believe...

    Here's more

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/hit-charade/403192/

    https://mic.com/articles/81511/one-man-has-written-virtually-every-pop-song-of-the-last-10-years#.h9LHkK1Gm

    http://www.cracked.com/article_21660_5-unknown-people-who-secretly-made-all-your-favorite-music.html
· MY Speakers were demo'd at the Chester Group NY Audio Show!    posted Nov 14, 2017 (show)
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  • I just wanted to comment on the Ohm Acoustics room at the New York Audio Show last weekend. I thought John Strohbeen at Ohm put together a really good sounding system for about $4500, a fraction of what most other rooms were displaying. The Ohm Walsh 2000s (which I have owned since 2009) were fed by an Outlaw Audio 2160 stereo receiver ($800), an older Oppo universal player (~$200), and a Blue Sound Node 2 Streamer ($500). I thought the system sounded great (yes, I am biased). Good extension in the bass and treble, excellent clarity and detail, Goldilocks trnasients, and a wonderful holographic soundstage. The real surprise was the dynamic slam offered by this modest rig. On both of my visits to this room, showgoers sat quietly(!) and listened, always a good sign. Was there better sound at the show? Sure, but only from systems with price tags orders of magnitude higher.
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  • § What are Goldilocks transients? Illegals with blond hair?
     ⤷ posted Nov 19, 2017
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  • § HA! Goldilocks is a way of saying "just right", not too hot, not too cold. For audio, Goldilocks transients are present, but not overbearing.
     ⤷ posted Nov 20, 2017
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· Tubes galore in Bladerunner sequel!!!    posted Oct 25, 2017 (show)
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  • I just saw some stills in Wired magazine from Bladerunner 2049, and a few of the electronic doodads being used by the characters prominently feature vacuum tubes! Cool!!!!
· Line Rider Video: In the Hall of the Mountain King    posted Oct 14, 2017 by JimOfAllTrades (show)
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  • I've never heard of these Line Rider videos before, but here's a cute example. Not sure what the rules are.
· WQXR Impossible Pieces When Written That Are Now Playable    posted Sep 28, 2017 (show)
  • WQXR Now Playable Works
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  • This was a great article in the WQXR blog. I don't play an instrument or read music, but even I can recognize how dense the writing is and how difficult they would be to play. I was already familiar with the Sorabji piece and it makes Iberia sound like finger exercises!
· Great deal on a pair of tube amps    posted Sep 14, 2017 (show)
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  • Wow those Rogue amps that Ross Wagner is selling is a terrific way to get into tubes. Plus being able to buy tubes from Rogue at a discount is just icing on the cake.

    John P.
· A great way to check your stylus!    posted Sep 11, 2017 (show)
· Best Eclipse song - EVER!    posted Aug 21, 2017 (show)
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  • Bauhaus - "The Sky's Gone Out"
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  • § but that's the ALBUM title - there's no song with that name
     ⤷ posted Sep 16, 2017
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· Turntable Kit!!!    posted Jul 21, 2017 (show)
· National Transportation Noise Map    posted Jun 28, 2017 (show)
  • How noisy is your neighborhood?
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  • National Transportation Noise Map
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  • I would like to point out that while my area is among THE noisiest on the map, my specific neighborhood is dark yellow, making it quieter than many of the surrounding neighborhoods. I think it is the lack of adjacent highways.
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  • § Being in a rural area, the map shows me in a fairly quiet area. But when the planes are flying around Fort Dix, because there are homes all around the area, the volume gets pretty loud outside. But it never affects indoor listening.
     ⤷ posted Jul 6, 2017
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· Invitation from the Connecticut Audio Society    posted May 22, 2017 (show)
  • Event scheduled for June 3rd, 2017
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  • Hello fellow Audiophiles,

    The Connecticut Audio Society (CAS) is holding a special club meeting with live music at 12 noon, Saturday June 3, 2017 in Fairfield CT. We are inviting you, interested audiophiles from nearby clubs, to join us as our guest. Fairfield CT is off exit 22 of RT 95 (then use your GPS). Exit 22 is 22 miles from the NY/CT border. If interested all we ask is that you RSVP by Friday 5/26/17 so that we can assure having enough food available. Lunch will be served as with all our regular meetings. Each audiophile club member, CAS & those from area clubs, can also bring their significant other. Just include them in your RSVP.

    Our guest presenter for this meeting is Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame keyboard player Mark Naftalin. Mark was an original member of the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He will intersperse his playing with stories of his years in the music business. His talents include recording, producing and editing.

    Mark has also recorded with other artists, some of whom include:
    Duane Allman, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Michael Bloomfield, Brewer & Shipley ("One Toke over the Line"), Roy Brown, Canned Heat, James Cotton, Paul Gabriel, Robben Ford & the Ford Blues Band, John Lee Hooker, Percy Mayfield, Van Morrison, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Peter, Paul & Mary, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Roy Rogers, Otis Rush, Big Joe Turner, and Bill Wyman.

    Mark will be performing on the Steinway grand piano at The First Congregational Church in Fairfield CT. Take RT 95 North, get off at exit 22, and put the following address into your GPS: 148 Beach Road, Fairfield CT. Suggest allowing enough time for weekend traffic. If you arrive early please don’t enter church before noon.

    RSVP’s to Barry Berkowitz by email bbco1@att.net or by phone 203 219 5189.

    Regards,

    Barry Berkowitz
    Secretary CAS
· Great experience with MillerSound    posted Mar 31, 2017 (show)
  • *NOT an NJAS endorsement"
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  • MillerSound
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  • I have had a pair of New Large Advent Utility Loudspeakers since I got them as a High School graduation present in 1978 ($148 the pair at Tech Hifi on sale). They have been sitting in my den, deteriorating, for about 25 years. Since our March meeting was near the PA home of MillerSound, Bill LeGall's speaker restoration company, I decided to drop them off for restoration.

    I could not be happier with the results. For about $125, Bill re-foamed the woofers, cleaned the tweeter level switches, repaired some of the vinyl veneer that was peeling or chipped, and patched up a rip in one of the grills.

    They look much better than before, and sound really good. Hearing them working so well brought back memories of when I first had a decent stereo in my room. Bill is really easy to deal with, and the turn around time for the repair was just one week.

    These are not in my big rig, but they have a lot of sentimental value to me, so I am really happy that they have been restored and now work very well.

    I highly recommend MillerSound for speaker restoration services.

    I am not affiliated in any way with MillerSound, other than being a customer. This post is not a NJAS endorsement of MillerSound.
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  • § I have used Millersound many times over the years and sent many friends there. I have been there twice when I was in big rush to get my Alon woofers fixed.
    BTW he is also an expert on vintage Infinity speakers.
    Also think I told Phil about him.

    Alan
     ⤷ posted Mar 31, 2017
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  • § I have used him quite a few times in the past as well. He used to be based in Morris Plains NJ which was very close.
     ⤷ posted Apr 1, 2017
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· Stereo Exchange Moving Sale    posted Mar 9, 2017 (show)
  • Stereo Exchange Moving Sale
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  • Bargain hunters take note!
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  • § Oh, I thought this was the store in Somerville! My bad...
     ⤷ posted Mar 15, 2017 by JimOfAllTrades
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