I 'm sorry for getting this thread so offtopic with the laserdiscs, but I'm also a total Star Wars fan from the start and I was thinking of those SWOT discs too. But I am not one of those who only worship the originals. I am actually with George Lucas on the improvements. They (the inserted computer animations) make it much more believable and real, like I imagened it before.
I do agree that those LD will be collectible later on. But the blurryness IMHO is to blame on the Never The Same Color color coding system. I believe PAL is much better and sharper. And that's obsolete too (almost
). But enough about LD already.
Today I found out I'm totally and utterly spoiled. Ok, what else is new...
I went to a show with a friend to a hifi dealer who had workshops on acoustics (very interesting), streaming (am there, doing that
) and high-end audio. I listened to a system with Mc Intosh amps and Focal Stella Utopia III EM speakers and I think my system sounds better.
Ok, I don't get the same spl in a room that size with my 8W 300B tubeamp, but still. My system sounds faster, tighter and clearer. I'm so shmug and satisfied now. And no, I'm not delusional, just surprised. And happy. And strengthened in my conviction that the simpler the signalpath, the better, less is more, power corrupts and most important: smart thinking and a good vision om how to prioritize your compromises in physics is more important than betting on one horse and try to optimize it to infinity. I can make this a long story but I really love Focal speakers. And McIntosh had a really nice new turntable, the MT5. I don't know what cart they used. I like the looks a lot better than the MT10.
Imagine it with this on top of the rack:
The system sounded really great and it was a good presentation. Good acoustics too. But however superior the Focal Be tweeter, it's basically a dome tweeter. And the mids are still 2 6.5" cones crossed at 2kHz. My Genesis VI mid is much lighter and faster, the circular ribbons too. And 3 light 8" with motion feedback are faster and tighter than 1 big 13". However strong the magnetic field with the electro magnets. I don't know much about the Mc Intosh amplification but, although excellent, there was simply to much of it (components I mean). And the monoblock power-amplifiers were transistor. Which I don't like. Although the better the amplification the more tube-, transistor- and chipamps converge, I still prefer tubes for their openness, clarity (sound) and (technical) simplicity.
Almost forgot: I didn't like the other system really that much. A system of KEF Blade, Naim amplification and Well Tempered TT/ Dynavector (XV? can't fault that TT!!!). I just can't seem to like the Naim sound. And I don't like the KEF uni-Q system. Again: basically a dome-tweeter, a slight trumpet sound and betting on the same horse again. Refining, refining and refining to infinity with unobtainium won't get you anywhere if you keep sticking to the same old unguided guns. Sometimes starting from scratch is the best option. But scary and full of risk to your 60y old business with dito engineers.
So what am I saying with all this? Even with modest means (I am not rich at all) and a keen open mind you can put together a very good system with 2ndH and (modded) Chinese parts that can challenge the best systems.
My rant for today. Don't take it too seriously, be happy. Edited by ]eep - 10/11/13 at 7:44pm