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  1. Fiddle Faddle

    Sony Vegas audio trouble

    Unless you are aiming to produce an audiophile quality production, there should be sufficient choices when rendering to the Sony options - I render to Sony AVC at maximum video bitrate and 384 kbps audio at 48 khz, 16 bit (I could go to a higher bitrate with the audio but there is no real value...
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    Entreq Tellus grounding

    Crikey, mine are still going perfectly fine. They've sat still since I installed my HiFi Racks shelving many months ago. And they've never been "shaken", though I do find their musical contribution very stirring.
  3. Fiddle Faddle

    A vinyl-phile's dilemma re digitally mastered new music - to buy on lp or cd/streaming

    I think there was a similar discussion about this subject some months ago, though my perspective has not changed. If I pass on a classical "DDA" or "ADA" vinyl release, it isn't because of the digital component in the remastering chain - it is because it is a poor recording to begin with. Mind...
  4. Fiddle Faddle

    Real Names and Real Photos are Fun!

    Trust a handsome chap like Ron to bring this up, but as a stuffed animal, only a mother could love me. And even then I have to work at it.
  5. Fiddle Faddle

    Hero Breaks Car Window to Save Vinyl Records on Hot Day

    Well on a more serious note, I remember in the 1970s our local public library had displayed in the front window a vinyl record that had perished in the back of a car. This was supposed to be stern warning as to what would happen. And these were the days when cars here in Australia - at hot as it...
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    Entreq Tellus grounding

    I am struggling to understand by what mechanism damage might occur. Not saying they are incorrect of course, just that I have difficulty comprehending the rational behind it.
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    New Release from Edward Pong; stunning sonics!

    I personally think this much more musically mature and "conservative" repertoire (e.g Beethoven Sonata) suits Tatsuki vastly better than the highly technically biased audacious repertoire such as Paganini. He gives himself the chance to musically breathe a bit more and shape a phrase and make a...
  8. Fiddle Faddle

    A $42,000 transport.

    And with classical music too, the market for both CD and SACD remains extremely solid. The classical SACD market in particular seems to be at least as robust as it was a decade ago or more. Infact the classical market for SACD is so strong today that in hindsight I might try to argue I'd have...
  9. Fiddle Faddle

    Hearing test

    Well for anyone who wants to compensate for a significant hearing deficiency and who listens to PCM based material (including ripped CDs, for example), I would recommend learning the basics of digital audio workstation software. You would not need an actual audio workstation to apply...
  10. Fiddle Faddle

    How do you test Audio Cables?

    The test was covered here: Whilst the Wireword Platinum Reference was not strictly one of the cables under test, they still produced a music file with the Platinum Reference (as well as the jumpers) to provide a reference for the other...
  11. Fiddle Faddle

    How do you test Audio Cables?

    For me, being able to listen to precisely the same music with the same bias to my left and right ears would be critical, so I would never want to test different cables for each channel. That is even more important given I am mainly a classical music listener - the first violins are traditionally...
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    Went to the audiologist

    I'll tell her that resident amateur forum audiologist rbbert told me that. She will have a good laugh. Mine has measured consistently that way in three tests done over 5 years. There isn't any variation in the plots in any of them. Though of course they only plot in 5 dB increments, so there...
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    Went to the audiologist

    We'd all lose credibility because not one single person on this forum has hearing as good now as they did when they were 20 years younger, let alone 40 years younger given the average age around here. I can see that being a double edged sword, though I am seeing some clear examples where...
  14. Fiddle Faddle

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Here are brief summations of the latest batch of vinyl LPs I bought (except for the Bruckner 8 and Four Seasons I mentioned earlier). I already have the Speakers Corner Philips version with Pepe Romero and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The Romero version is a much later recording...
  15. Fiddle Faddle

    Are headphones a "gateway drug" to high end audio? Or a permanent shift is spending?

    I don't know what the statistics say but I tend to think not. It seems to be that high end headphone fans are very parochial in their outlook when it comes to audio in general. But that is just my intuitive feeling based on being around headphone communities for years. They do seem to be more...
  16. Fiddle Faddle

    Upgrade your eardrums - new smooth silk version available!

    Not just for tweeters. Those with damaged eardrums can now have a high fidelity upgrade, straight out of the loudspeaker design book!
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    Audiophile Fuses

    I ended up with SR Black fuses in both my CD player and amplifier. The company told me what I should listen for when determining the correct orientation and their advice was right on the money (one direction will sound relatively smooth and euphonic, the other direction will sound focussed...
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    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Another new-release LP recommendation. A reissue of the 1966 Four Seasons recording with Hugh Bean (Decca Phase 4). OK, I am only really a fan of Phase 4 for other genres (I also got the reissue of the Decca Phase 4 "Secret Agent Themes" disk in this batch) but the multi-miking and...
  19. Fiddle Faddle

    Berlin Philharmonic Brahms Symphonies Vinyl Direct to Disk

    If you want a wonderful recording of the Brahms violin sonatas, in my opinion it is really hard to go past the Pinchas Zukerman DG recording And the much later Augustin Dumay one, also on DG
  20. Fiddle Faddle

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    As per usual, I got a small batch of them via my twice yearly order (this one being my end of Autumn one here in the antipodes). I have only played three so far but all have been very good indeed. Apart from the Bruckner above, I can also strongly recommend the new Speakers Corner Oistrakh...
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    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Just bought the Analogphonic LP release of Sinopoli's Bruckner 8th with the Staatskapelle Dresden. Performance is sublime. Is there any better music than the 3rd movement of this work? The sound too, is noticeably better than any previous release of this performance, though it does still have...
  22. Fiddle Faddle

    Another ground boxes' competitor ?

    Interesting. They seem like they are a bit more expensive than say, the Entreq boxes. But it is good to see companies embracing this as it gives us more choice as consumers.
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    Entreq Tellus grounding

    Barry, they should give you a quantity discount. As for myself, I have decided after much experimentation at the budget end of the scale to use the far more humble Project Damp-it isolators. For the price, the performance of these have stunned me. I mean, you'd think rubber-type materials or...
  24. Fiddle Faddle

    Ban mortarboarding!

    In your case your resident was as you say, extremely bright. But I cannot help but think back to one of my late father's favourite expressions: "too many degrees of nothingness". He used this to describe people who had more letters after their name than letters in their actual name, yet proved...
  25. Fiddle Faddle

    What makes a bigger difference: Racks or Vibration Isolation Footers? Need both?

    I've been having some very enjoyable private conversations over the last few months with Barry (Barry2013) regarding the effects of racking and more recently isolation. I am sure Barry can speak for himself but I also sure he and I have a similar take on the subject. They both make a potentially...
  26. Fiddle Faddle

    Ban mortarboarding!

    I think it is very unfortunate that this practice can be borne out of tragedies such as that. It just makes it potentially even worse - since the recipient has absolutely no involvement in the process whatsoever. I can understand that one reason behind the practice is to attract interest and...
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    Ban mortarboarding!

    I find this "mortarboarding" practice to be a despicable one. You want the degree? Then you qualify for entry to university, study for years, pay your fees and pass all the exams. Not only do I have no respect for the process, I instantly lose any respect I might have had for anyone accepting...
  28. Fiddle Faddle

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    I never played any of the Leclair concertos but I did give a performance of one of his sonatas once. And I have to say, never did I ever associate Leclair and his music with a full but un-occupied bathtub in a rustic setting. I will never be able to listen to his music the same way again.
  29. Fiddle Faddle

    Geez Gents

    I think the Spirits simply possessed him. I have warned people time and time again to watch out for that sort of thing.
  30. Fiddle Faddle

    Confession Time: I'm selling my gear and moving on...

    Speaking from experience, I think I could argue getting a top notch headphone system to provide a pleasing experience is often more difficult than setting up a large system in a challenging room. I have no doubt after years of experience with headphones (ten years now) that some sort of DSP is...

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