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Open Talk / Re: Navigating the minefield of used car dealers
« Last post by ALF on April 14, 2021, 09:22:15 PM »
If you are looking for a white Toyota or VW there are loads of them at AVIS for sale, I bought a Caddy from them the car is in a perfect shape all services at dealers,  low mileage, most of time still under warranty and they look after their cars.
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Social clubs and events / Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Last post by chrisc on April 14, 2021, 09:13:50 PM »
We speak to Jazz drummer Maurice Gawronsky

https://youtu.be/Qs-UxsryuhM

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General Discussion / Re: Do Amplifiers impart a sonic signature to music
« Last post by Agaton Sax on April 14, 2021, 08:53:10 PM »


Side A of the LP was mastered at the wrong speed but signed off by Miles. 
What would be the correct speed to play it at?


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I suppose it depends on whether one has a perfect pitch or not. So strange KOB was recorded in 1959, became the best-selling Jazz album of all time and only in 1992 some engineer corrected it to " Correct speed".

 I wonder how many people knowingly buy the corrected version?

As someone with no pitch whatsoever, this perfect pitch  talent amuses me and reminds me of the old Grey College, Mensa truism: " How do you know someone has perfect pitch?" Answer: "He tells you"
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General Discussion / Re: Do Amplifiers impart a sonic signature to music
« Last post by Hi-Phibian on April 14, 2021, 08:52:59 PM »
As per a previous post, High Fidelity true to the source etc is assuming that catching sound with a microphone and recording its electrical output has the ability to accurately capture the full experience of the musical event.

I donít know a lot about recording. I know if you put the mic close you capture more of the dynamics of the instrument, but you loose the ambience of the venue. Capture the venue, loose the dynamics. Wait, use both, mix them together. Hmmm, are we recording or creating right there already?
I donít want Miles in my room, I want my room to seem like the room in which Miles was playing. Or Frank or Margo were singing in.

Studio recording, or is that creation of,  music adds yet more artifice.

"The music itself is the most important element, and the elusive trick for hi-fi is to optimize musical information without exposing the artifice by which it is delivered. That is perhaps where the high end comes in. The term seems to suggest the embodiment of cuttingedge technological achievement, state-of-the-art performance, and/or the most expensive parts and build-quality available. But I would define the high end more simply as the type of products that draws the listener into the atmosphere and purpose of the performance in a way that, although different, is just as profound as a live musical experience. Some of those products might be the most expensive available and employ cutting-edge technology, but not always. "

Bob Surgeoner, Neat Acoustics ltd, from a feature in "Absolute Sound".



Some ears (brains) will get some recordings to take them to that profound experience space with amplifiers and speakers that conform to being well engineered by the science we know and understand today. This often means a median of good measurements across a wide range of parameters. Yet I have experienced many people being very sensitive to one particular aspect more than others. Some extremely so. To some the purity and palpability of midrange trounces what happens at the frequency extremes and hence pursue single full range drivers as the grail to an experience that stirs the soul.
Others donít get drawn in without scale but sacrifice some detail for it.  Some need DC to X ray frequency response to be entertained.

The whole chain from the mic to the speaker is compromised  (a compromise) and imo the goal of re creating exactly what happened capturing every nuance to fool the brain is a pipe dream. The best we can hope and aim for is to make the event of listening to the recording equally profound, to the specific listener. Not all listeners will choose the same way to get there.
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General Discussion / Re: Do Amplifiers impart a sonic signature to music
« Last post by legro on April 14, 2021, 08:50:51 PM »
And 70% of audio customer listens with their EYES... Its the 30% that really buy for the love of the sound.

I MUST stop switching off them lights....
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General Discussion / Re: Marantz 1060 Restoration
« Last post by Tommygun on April 14, 2021, 08:49:41 PM »
Will do thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: Do Amplifiers impart a sonic signature to music
« Last post by Francois on April 14, 2021, 08:37:36 PM »
@Nirvana - Now we talking!


Was listening to my HP Signal generator and it sounded  :cr@p:


I want a sound that I, ME, Francois is comfortable with... If its sacrilege, well then too bad.


Ties in with the Horn, Open baffle etc etc debate. Doesnt matter a single iota,


And 70% of audio customer listens with their EYES... Its the 30% that really buy for the love of the sound.
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General Discussion / Re: Marantz 1060 Restoration
« Last post by marantz123 on April 14, 2021, 08:29:34 PM »
Get in touch with Kent Kassler (Andre). He may know a fellow akin to these beauties.
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General Discussion / Re: Do Amplifiers impart a sonic signature to music
« Last post by Nirvana on April 14, 2021, 08:07:07 PM »
I am amazed at the plethora of opinions flying around here, as if there are some serious equipment designers expressing themselves here!

Sadly to this day, we have to rely on active devices - i.e. valves, transistors ( both bipolar and field effect) to amplify any form of signal we wish to process. Now there is not a single linear active device known to man in existence today. All active devices are non linear. Period. - and herein lies the crunch.

Therefore no amplifying device is going to amplify or process music signals without altering it one way or another, which immediately manifests that amplifiers change sound and for that reason will have a certain "sonic" signature of its own. What's more, the circumstances under which these devices are applied have an effect on their operation, further changing the effect on sound from amplifier to amplifier.

Exactly why I argue that the search for that 'perfectly neutral' amp/dac/source etc. is theoretical and not even an ideal.

Imo -  Since music is an artform and the perception thereof subjective, the 'ultimate' component will never be produced, since there are faar too many variables at play, starting from the recording studio and ending at our ears/brains - with MANY variables in between...

So maybe we could agree to just keep hunting the elusive butterfly, and enjoy the chase!  :groovy:
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General Discussion / Marantz 1060 Restoration
« Last post by Tommygun on April 14, 2021, 08:05:44 PM »
Delighted to pick this little beauty up last week but it needs a good clean throughout and recap.

Would anyone be able to recommend the right person for the job - in Cape Town at least?


my black pics
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