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    Any Good Knowledge Sources About Hearing (Especially In the Context of "Audiophile")?

    There is a some info from Monty in the link below under "Gentlemen, meet your ears" which has an 'audiophile' flavour. https://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html
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    MC vs MM Phono Cartridges

    Yes, I think you are better off sticking with MM cartridges unless you wanted to spend more money on a MC (and likely a new tone arm) and a decent pre-amp. A good MM cartridge is certainly good enough for a decent sound.
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    Dolby A and some early CDs

    Thanks for that insight. I was skeptical of his claims mainly because to my ears, most 1980s and early 1990s CDs sound great (there are exceptions of course related to poor quality sources or productions as there is with any format) and if it was widespread, why isn't it more widely known and...
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    Dolby A and some early CDs

    I've been following the thread in the link below regarding the reasons why some CDs produced in the 80s and early 90s sound thin and trebly. We already had discussions about some of the early CDs with pre-emphasis which won't sound right if played on a player that does not do de-emphasis, or the...
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    Live Concert/Performance in FM Radio - All Analog?

    Good stuff @pinnahertz a fascinating history. I read somewhere that despite the technical improvements, the sound quality of FM radio has deteriorated in the past couple decades due to less bandwidth being made available. Is there any truth in this? I remember FM radio sounding a lot better...
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    Live Concert/Performance in FM Radio - All Analog?

    Why would it sound more natural? Do you think your TV had a more natural picture or sound when it was analog broadcast?
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    Dynamic Range - No Quiet, No Loud

    A good read article in the link below on crushed recordings, mixings and masters, https://audiophilestyle.com/ca/ca-academy/dynamic-range-no-quiet-no-loud-r643/
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    Testing Audiophile Claims and Myths : The Original Compilation

    Another listening test that is ongoing is comparing Hi Res audio with CD quality being run by Mark Waldrep of AIX. I know this test has been done to death over the past 30 years with no clear evidence that a difference can be heard in controlled tests but apart from the statistical results so...
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    Testing Audiophile Claims and Myths : The Original Compilation

    Here is another cable test that is an interesting read. https://www.audio-forums.com/articles/interconnect-cable-blind-listening-test.15/ Btw, it is a pity that the original post is not continually updated. I'm not sure if the original OP is still around, I have PM'ed him a few times over the...
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    Sample Rate, Bit Depth and High Resolution Audio

    Most people can follow this explanation. https://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html
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    Technically, you can't get "better sound"...

    A bit off topic but what does a $100k rig buy in terms of high fidelity/transparency to source compared to a well chosen/set up rig of say $5k? Most evidence would suggest that the $100k rig would have lower fidelity, being designed for euphonophiles, thus further removed from what someone...
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    "DDD" for modern vinyl pressings?

    And original (ie not-remastered) CDs such as those issued by Decca, Telarc and others. They have higher fidelity than audiophile LPs and cassette tapes of the same albums released by these labels. Take Andre Plevin's Holts the Planets 1987 Telarc audiophile CD and compare it with the Telarc...
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    "DDD" for modern vinyl pressings?

    Well that had me choking on my breakfast... what makes you think vinyl is an audiophile format or that it is mastered that way because it is considered an audiophile format? They are usually mixed not as hot as CD because the vinyl format is an inferior format to the CD, ie it simply is...
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    "DDD" for modern vinyl pressings?

    Assuming you may be interested in real world objective measurements, this article by Archimago may be relevant. http://archimago.blogspot.com/2017/06/musings-measurement-thoughts-on-vinyl.html
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    "DDD" for modern vinyl pressings?

    That is the point The Sonic Truth and I were discussing a while back. Digital recordings are superior to analog recordings (it would be a rare classical music audiophile that would disagree with that statement) but the superiority can be abused in production. I agree that a record can sound...
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    "DDD" for modern vinyl pressings?

    I'm sure you really believe you're are not making this stuff up - there ie a d word for it.
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    "DDD" for modern vinyl pressings?

    Does he? surely he would realise that analog playback has far more timing errors (audible levels of wow and flutter for example) than digital (jitter which is way below human audibility). Does he provide any evidence to support his misconceptions, such as objective measurements? He has been...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    Hmmm, you're right, I never thought of it that way. I was referring to Pinnahertz's nice writing style rather than insinuating something else.
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    Why? A diplomat is better than a politician :nerd:
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    @pinnahertz apart from your undoubted knowledge and experience in audio science, you write like a diplomat.
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    I don't think we are on different wavelengths... I agree with what you say. I'm not doubting that compression, NR, etc have always existed (and for good reasons), the point is that the original production masters would already have been mastered with it (ie compression, EQ and other 'tricks')...
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    "DDD" for modern vinyl pressings?

    Have you ever heard digital mastered well? There is a reason why listeners of the most demanding genre (ie classical music) have embraced digital since the 1980s. Hardly any would go back to reel to reel or vinyl being both inconvenient and lower fidelity.
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    The point is the same though, 32bit or 48 bit float (or even 24 bit) would enable far more processing of the recording, pushing the sound wars into the stratosphere. What I was trying to say is that there was a limit to how much compression etc when processing power was limited to analog...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    I actually prefer the sound quality of most CDs made in the 1980s to their contemporary counterpart. The irony is that those later "remastered" CDs which you constantly criticise are the product of 24 bit processing. The flat transfers which feature on most 1980s CDs are the product of 16 bit...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    I wonder whether you see the irony in your preference for the sound quality of 1980s CDs.
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