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    The [coffee snobs'] espresso thread

    Wow, looks sensational!
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    Pilium Audio in action-

    Very impressive
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    Not happy with martin logan expression 11a

    The link to my system is at the end of the signature. What I have is what I humoristically call the Ack-Logan speakers
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    Not happy with martin logan expression 11a

    All I can say is that other listeners were mightily impressed back then. We were watching a movie as I mentioned, and all of a sudden a door slams hard, and we are all looking to the right frightened, to see which doors it was. It was in the movie. Voices? Extra-ordinarily clear. Enjoy them!
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    Tonearm Comparison: SME 3012R and SME V-12

    Yes, and that says a lot to me about how people listen: they apparently love bad microphones, MP3 and compression. I shake my head. This, to me, is nonsense. You are comparing an in-person experience with a really bad video. I see some serious lapses in judgment here, all around. Your videos...
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    Not happy with martin logan expression 11a

    Beautiful trim on those SL3s! I happened to have owned a pair for years as well back in the 1990s, and a visiting non-audiophile back then thought they sounded very realistic, just watching a DVD movie or something. They are really something special. I liked them a lot, but my electronics back...
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    Tonearm Comparison: SME 3012R and SME V-12

    They are both the Grand Cru, on two different arms.
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    Tonearm Comparison: SME 3012R and SME V-12

    So it looks like I am the only one who picked Video A over B, and A is the 3012R arm that a lot of people like so much and own. So how come those 3012R owners did not pick that combination? This only tells me that the test is just plain invalid - nothing new from this vantage point. I called...
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    Tonearm Comparison: SME 3012R and SME V-12

    Yes, I bet they do justice to this "sound" of this system. Imagine if we had to compare awful recordings, using awful microphones, over mediocre headphones worth $30, using lossy digital compression. Some audiophile discussion.
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    Tonearm Comparison: SME 3012R and SME V-12

    I should never complain about audio reviews or show reports again. But you are right, let me put on my random headphones, which happen to best the computer speakers - or do they. Do I need room, or ear, treatments, while I do that? I bet some need ear treatments.
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    Tonearm Comparison: SME 3012R and SME V-12

    It all starts with the microphone Al, and it moves on to the encoding, then the decoding; the computer speakers are the last in the chain. This test is just plain ________. We may just all go back to the walkman. Really fascinating to have to compare arms [or anything] this way.
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    Tonearm Comparison: SME 3012R and SME V-12

    I think Video B sounds just plain horrible, preferring A. A - through computer speakers, and obviously very low audio fidelity all throughout - sounds more together. Frankly, I find it funny that high end audiophiles are asked to compare sonics based on MP3 quality or worse. This couldn't be...
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    ack's system - end of round 1

    Hmmm I don’t know where the heck that “2” designation came from, probably a typo. Will update when I get the cord.
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    ack's system - end of round 1

    @zonto Thank you for your post and glad to have made your acquaintance. I am indeed in the heart of Boston, and we should meet up one day; fun group of middle-aged men here :) I am equally grateful that you apparently read my posts with attention to detail. Yes, I agree with you that their...
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    In love with spectral

    Enjoy, and welcome!

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