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  1. PeterA

    Is Wilson losing their marketing edge?

    Don't know about much bigger. Define "much". Is Wilson better funded and organized? I'm curious. How is this measured and how do you know? Cannata, could you please be more specific? These seem to be vague pronouncements. I don't doubt you, I'm just interested in specifics.
  2. PeterA

    Can You Believe This-The Government Wants Us To Go EV but In So Doing They Will impose a gas surcharge

    Big debates here in MA between user fees and taxes. I prefer the former, as they are level or flat, and they affect all users equally. The gas tax seems to be more of a user fee, as only those who use the gas pay the tax, at a flat rate.
  3. PeterA

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    It's hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the SME VTA is much higher than the Axiom VTA. If they both give non distorted sound, then perhaps the stylus is mounted differently in each cantilever so that each SRA is close to correct. Otherwise, I don't see how the VTAs can be so...
  4. PeterA

    The Colibri “Master Signature”

    Wow Tang, those angles look really different. It seems the whole mechanism is mounted at a different angle. Is each armtube close to parallel to the LP surface?
  5. PeterA

    Can You Believe This-The Government Wants Us To Go EV but In So Doing They Will impose a gas surcharge

    Yes, allegedly. Some siphon the money into their general funds, or so I've read. Extracted and then redirected. Who really knows where the money goes?
  6. PeterA

    In praise of idlers

    I have found something similar when moving the counterweight to and from the pivot point. The inertia changes and this interacts with the cartridge's compliance. It is not as simple as saying that the best performance occurs when the counterweight is closest to the pivot. Sometimes, removing...
  7. PeterA

    A 74-year-old woman reportedly gave birth to twins, may be the oldest ever to give birth Joshua Bote, USA TODAY

    On the flip side, I have a tenant who recently told me that she had her first at 15 and wants to be a grandmother by the time she is 30. We are supposed to celebrate cultural differences. So as not to be seen as judgemental, I simply smiled, wished her well and left the room. What are we doing?
  8. PeterA

    Point 5 vs Point 8 amplifiers

    Hello Muser, Welcome to WBF. I'm not sure that I can add much to this conversation. I have listened to my own Pass Labs amplifiers in my system, a few models in friend's systems, and I have read about and discussed the sonic signatures of the various different models with the folks at Pass...
  9. PeterA

    Something new is coming from Magico...

    Thanks Francisco. I was not aware that I was debating strategies. In Magico's press release for this rack, they discuss energy dissipation. I'm simply curious how the energy from an electronic or source component will travel from the chassis to their rack shelf to be dissipated. Energy...
  10. PeterA

    Saskia model two

    Yes, and if you play music through the digital system then you could observe whether or not sound from the speakers is detectable on the surface of the unit to isolate that from any vibrations occurring from the LP source. Those active platforms are very interesting devices and extremely...
  11. PeterA

    Can You Believe This-The Government Wants Us To Go EV but In So Doing They Will impose a gas surcharge

    Steve, thanks. Quite interesting. Are there really that many EVs out there to affect state highway funding? IMHO, It always comes back to who is paying for whom. Advocates are advocating for free public transportation in urban centers because mass transit systems lose money. Funding may...
  12. PeterA

    Saskia model two

    Thanks Mike. I must not have been clear. I understand that the Taiko Tana's active sensors only detect what they can detect. If they detect nothing, then there are no vibrations large enough making it down to be detectable. Yes, those engineers sound as though they know what they are doing...
  13. PeterA

    Saskia model two

    That is a great result Mike but I am a little bit perplexed also because the active unit is supposed to detect all motion from the top plate coming down. And it is extremely sensitive. I guess the MPS just cause it’s probably to job isolating that motion and not transmitting it through the...
  14. PeterA

    Saskia model two

    I think it would be interesting to see how the lights on the active indicators respond to each of Mike's turntables spinning without music playing. It might show how internally generated vibrations either remain in the table or exit out through the footers. Just a guess and I don't pretend to...
  15. PeterA

    In praise of idlers

    Marc, Have you heard the VPI Rim Drive? I wonder why VPI seems to have experimented with all of these various drive types. It is a very interesting approach, IMO. I'd be curious to know which of their various models had the biggest fans. Is the Rim Drive still in production?
  16. PeterA

    Something new is coming from Magico...

    Perhaps not, Ack, but I wonder how much scaling they are really going to have with these racks. Do they sell many QPods for components? It would also be interesting to read a comparison between this amp stand and one of those active isolation platforms for about the same money. What I am...
  17. PeterA

    Something new is coming from Magico...

    I've got prices for my machined stainless steel armpod design coming back for over $2,000, and it is a small chuck of metal with no constrained layering or anything. Admittedly, that is a one-off design with no scaling, but still, these racks are sold through dealer networks and they have...
  18. PeterA

    Something new is coming from Magico...

    Heavy Metal I think it makes sense for them to offer these because of their machining capabilities and efforts into resonance dissipation with their speakers. Expensive though.
  19. PeterA

    Review: Reference 3A Reflector monitors

    Ack, I understand that preference for a single linear driver with a narrow radiation pattern. But that was then. Do you think there has been progress in this area with some contemporary dynamic speaker designs? Specifically, coherent, well integrated drivers and better behaved tweeters? I...
  20. PeterA

    ack's system - end of round 1

    Nice report Al. Very well written and informative. Congratulations Ack!
  21. PeterA

    ChronsonicXVX.

    I agree, but I find the pace too fast. The scenes move along too quickly to really appreciate the topic. I paused the frames just to be able to see the drawings, for instance. Perhaps it is intentional. Impressive, nevertheless.
  22. PeterA

    ChronsonicXVX.

    Pass Labs did this years ago through Reno Hifi selling "reconditioned" older products at good prices with warranties, new boxes and inspections at the factory. This encouraged trade ins for newer product and upgrades. I think the program was/is very successful and easy shipping with...
  23. PeterA

    Sme 3012 R

    Tango would also need to send you the length of his arm. On my 12" arm, 1 degree of SRA is about 4mm is arm height. So my rough guess is that one playing card thickness might be 1/20th of a degree of SRA. This is less than the variance resulting from different thickness records.
  24. PeterA

    Is Live, Unamplified Music the Correct Reference for the Sound of our Audio Systems?

    I heard some nice live music walking through the streets of Boston last night: One barbershop brass quartet, one solo electric guitar player, one acoustic jazz trio. The streets were alive with the sound of music. Made by real people in real space. This was a nice way to experience a walk...
  25. PeterA

    Tonearm Setup: Effective Mass, Inertia, and Sound

    Mike, were these audible results always witht he same arm and cartridge? I ask, because I am guessing that a cartridge with higher compliance might favor lower inertia with the counterweight closer to the pivot, while a cartridge with lower compliance might favor an arm with greater inertia...
  26. PeterA

    Tonearm Setup: Effective Mass, Inertia, and Sound

    Yes, Tim. If there is extremely low inertia and no friction, and a rather stiff cartridge suspension, I would think that the cartridge body/arm would then move along with the stylus/cantilever, resulting in less than appropriate relative movement between the two. The signal generated would...
  27. PeterA

    Tonearm Setup: Effective Mass, Inertia, and Sound

    Hi Andy, I too had thought this about getting the weight as close to the pivot as possible to reduce inertia. However, after much experimentation, I no longer think that one can generalize about this. I think it has much to do with the compliance of the cartridge and its relationship to the...
  28. PeterA

    ChronsonicXVX.

    Mike, I get your respect for EA speakers. It seems well deserved. I don't think Magico is that far behind Wilson when it comes to marketing. They came out of nowhere about 13 years ago and now they are perhaps the most bashed brand. Someone has noticed them. Wilson has been around a whole...
  29. PeterA

    Audiophiles mostly aren’t music fans

    Is Mike's room the result of luck, or is it the result of hard work and effort? One could also ask if his ability to afford such a room is a result of luck or hard work and effort.
  30. PeterA

    ChronsonicXVX.

    I get this, but then why have a static display at RMAF? Just do the marketing via audio forums and then encourage auditioning at local dealerships. Haven't some other Wilson speakers been debuted at RMAF? I agree with you that it is all very carefully planned. Wilson is not alone with this...

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