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Alan Parsons (Dark Side of the Moon) Rips Audiophiles

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

Read it and weep...

 

http://www.cepro.com/story/alanparsons.html

 

Vinyl isn't superior to CDs. He's reasonably happy with the CD format.

 

Most audiophiles pay too much attention to equipment and brand names and not enough to room acoustics.

 

Good sounding systems can be bought at Walmart and Costco.

 

Ha!


Edited by bigshot - 2/10/12 at 12:30pm
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

Read it and weep...

 

http://www.cepro.com/story/alanparsons.html

 

Ha!



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post #3 of 27

what's the big deal?

he's preaching the same things that sane audiophiles preach every day:

room acoustics, diminishing returns, etc.

 

he seems to be a pretty practical and level-headed fellow.

post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 

"Sane Audiophiles" might be a contradiction in terms. Ask someone for recommendations on HeadFi and you'll get plenty of feedback from the other kind of audiophile.


Edited by bigshot - 2/10/12 at 12:32pm
post #5 of 27

I agree with pretty much everything he said.

post #6 of 27

At no point in this article does Alan Parsons "rip audiophiles." That idea seems to be the invention of the piece's author to create controversy (and page clicks) and is simply not supported by what Parsons actually has to say.


Edited by Olias of Sunhillow - 2/10/12 at 12:43pm
post #7 of 27

^ this.

post #8 of 27

Well he isn't tender with them either.

 

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I do think in the domestic environment, the people that have sufficient equipment don’t pay enough attention to room acoustics. The pro audio guy will prioritize room acoustics and do the necessary treatments to make the room sound right. The hi-fi world attaches less importance to room acoustics, and prioritizes equipment; they are looking more at brand names and reputation.

 

post #9 of 27

 

7.1/9.1 surround sound will be the future of the music industry if I have any say. Wish me luck! bigsmile_face.gif

 

 

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You can look for any record ever made and it’s on YouTube for free - usually with crappy audio - and let’s not even mention the video content that’s out there to go with it. I sense there will be a huge copyright court case over the content on YouTube someday.

 

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post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 

SACD would have been a great multichannel format if it had optical out like everything else. I bet only a fraction of the people with SACDs have amps capable of reproducing 5:1 from them. But the music industry was afraid of digital rips. They really shot themselves in the foot.

post #11 of 27

I wonder, the people that bought their LCD-2 rev2 already got a good quality cable, then paying several more hundred dollars on an aftermarket cable is a bit... much to me.  I really wonder how much of a difference the aftermarket cable makes...

post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

 

Most audiophiles pay too much attention to equipment and brand names and not enough to room acoustics.

Good sounding systems can be bought at Walmart and Costco.

 

Ha!

I have several Alan Parson Project albums on CD. I still like them and play them. But they would sound much the same on any equipment. It's just music with vocals and rhythm and no bass. Since he only listens to music in a car, he probably is not too concerned about acoustics, soundstage, and such.

 

Perhaps the interview has a certain bias or gives a shallow presentation of Parson's ideas.
 

 

post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 

What? Vocals and rhythm and no bass? You must be thinking of someone else.This is the guy who created the sound of Dark Side of the Moon, Year of the Cat and dozens of other high production value albums. He was all about engineering for top quality sound. He knows what he's talking about.

post #14 of 27

Yes, but his records under the APP name are bass light.  wink.gif

post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 

No they aren't. In fact quite a few songs on his albums have that late 70s thump thump disco bass line.

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