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  1. Ron Resnick

    Supersense Mastercut Edition Lacquers

    Chad Kassem hosted today a lively livestream debate on Youtube about the longevity of lacquers in connection with the sale by Supersense of lacquers made directly from master tapes. Chad moderated a discussion between Michael Fremer of AnalogPlanet and Mike Esposito, owner of The 'In' Groove in...
  2. Ron Resnick

    Unforgivable (2021 Movie)

    Tinka and I thought this movie with Sanda Bullock was excellent and deeply engaging. But the reviewers gave it thumbs down. What did you think?
  3. Ron Resnick

    Best Pressing of Black Sabbath Paranoid Album?

    I heard last night for the first time Black Sabbath's Paranoid album. I actually really liked a couple of the tracks! This pretty much represents as hard rock-y as I get, but I liked what I heard. What pressing of this album should I get? Does the original pressing offer the best sound...
  4. Ron Resnick

    "Emotionally Engaging"

    I often use the term "emotionally engaging" in connection with my evaluation and understanding of audio components and high-end audio systems. Is "emotionally engaging" a useful part of our high-end audio vocabulary and of our descriptive system? I don’t think there is any useful or sensical...
  5. Ron Resnick

    Meta Grounding By Synergistic Research

    Who wants to be the first audiophile to ground himself/herself?
  6. Ron Resnick

    Avantgarde Loudspeakers: Solid-State or Tube Amps

    I am starting this thread to take the Avantgarde amplifier discussion off of the Magico M9 thread. Jeff Tyo interestingly pointed out that Avantgarde itself likes to drive their speakers with solid-state amplifiers. I personally find this totally baffling because, to my ears, I subjectively...
  7. Ron Resnick

    The Doors Album -- Best Reissue

    There have been so many vinyl re-issues of the debut album by The Doors titled The Doors. Who has compared these various re-issues directly? Is there a consensus on which re-issue sounds the best? How is the Acoustic Sounds 45RPM reissue? Which re-issue was re-mastered using an all-tube...
  8. Ron Resnick

    Bergmann Odin Tonearm + Grado Lineage Cartridge

    Does anyone have any experience using one of the Grado Lineage cartridges (Epoch or Aeon or Statement) on a Bergmann Odin tonearm? If so, what did you think sonically of the combination? Did you find any compatibility issues in terms of total tonearm + cartridge + hardware mass versus...
  9. Ron Resnick

    What Do We Mean By "Resolution"?

    We audiophiles talk endlessly about various sonic attributes we believe we discern from stereo systems. One of these attributes is "resolution." The 6th definition of "resolution" in the American Heritage Dictionary provides: 6. The clarity or fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an...
  10. Ron Resnick

    Sound City Documentary

    I know now that "Sound City," the documentary about the Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, California, was released in 2013, but a recording engineer acquaintance of mine, Reza Moosavi, mentioned it to me only last week. The documentary is totally amazing! I loved the story about and the...
  11. Ron Resnick

    Marc Cohn - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Reissue

    On Marc Cohn's self-titled album the song "Walking in Memphis" is one of my favorite pop songs of all time. But the 1980s-era recording quality makes the sound so unappealing that I literally cannot stand to listen to this album on a big stereo. I can listen to it pretty much only in the car...
  12. Ron Resnick

    Opus 1 on SME 3012R and Grado Epoch3 on Bergmann Odin, or Opus 1 on Bergmann Odin and Epoch3 on SME 3012R?

    If you had the Air Tight Opus 1 and the Grado Labs Epoch3 cartridges, and if you had the SME 3012R and the Bergmann Odin tonearms, which cartridge would you match with which tonearm -- and why? What is your personal experience with these particular combinations?
  13. Ron Resnick

    Delta Sigma Versus R2R Ladder

    I had a wonderful afternoon at the home of Phil (213cobra) on Tuesday! Phil's Bricasti DAC (one of the several he owns) can switch between delta sigma and R2R at the touch of a button. On Fleetwood Mac and Sarah McLachlan I think maybe I could hear a difference, but there is no way I would be...
  14. Ron Resnick

    LG G1 Versus Sony A90J Video Monitors

    I have narrowed our video panel decision down to two models: the LG G1 and the Sony A90J. We will be getting a 65 inch screen and a 55 inch screen. Has anyone compared these two screens side-by-side for picture quality? What do our video experts here think about the pros and cons of these...
  15. Ron Resnick

    A Brief Stroll Through the Headphone Garden: CanJam 2021

    I drove down to CanJam 2021 in Irvine, California, today to hang out with Marc Meisner, a friend from the San Francisco Bay area who is a very long-time and experienced audiophile, and who happened to be in town, and to take Jason Lord, the owner of The Source AV, out for dinner. Jason has a...
  16. Ron Resnick

    Lutron Maestro Wireless Dimmer RFI

    In amateur radio land we detect RFI by setting the frequency tuning control of a handheld AM transistor radio between broadcast stations. Once a relatively quiet spot on the AM frequency spectrum is identified one raises the volume and goes RFI hunting. I have discovered that Lutron Maestro...
  17. Ron Resnick

    Lindsey Buckingham's New Self-Titled Album Lindsey Buckingham

    I actually like a couple of the songs on Lindsey Buckingham's new self-titled album. Unimaginatively, I tend to like songs with a strong, driving 1980s-style background beat. I think some of these new songs do indeed have a Fleetwood Mac style sound to them. But I feel like the vocal track...
  18. Ron Resnick

    Visit to Marrakech

    Tinka's friend's wedding in the countryside of Gijon, a city North of Madrid, was wonderful. Spanish people definitely know how to have fun! We were going to drive around the North coast of Spain for a few days, but the weather there has turned gloomy. So, tomorrow, we are flying to a city...
  19. Ron Resnick

    John Leon Lewis

    I "found"* John Leon Lewis on Clubhouse. He is a church choir singer. I think his baritone voice is wonderful, and I think his vocal talent is considerable. On top of this he appears to be the nicest, gentlest guy you ever could hope to meet. John is happy to sing jazz, pop, everything. I...
  20. Ron Resnick

    Wireworld Orbit III Loudspeaker Cables

    Does anyone use Wireworld Orbit III loudspeaker cables? Are these any good? To what other loudspeaker cables if you compare them? Thank you!
  21. Ron Resnick

    MIT Zcord II Power Cables

    Do you use MIT Zcord II power cables? Are MIT cord to power cables any good? The power cable has a ferrite core wrapped around one, and a large tumor at the other end. Are these any good? What have you compared them to?
  22. Ron Resnick

    My Birthday Cake From Tinka

    Tinka got me this amazing birthday cake!
  23. Ron Resnick

    Analog POTS Telephone Line for Audio Quality

    After almost six years of either VoIP landline or no landline at all I am delighted to once again be communicating with people on two copper wires. The Verizon cell service in the hills above Beverly Hills is terrible. It has been rumored for at least 15 years that Verizon is planning to erect...
  24. Ron Resnick

    Zellaton Plural Evo

    I had an unplanned, last minute and extremely enjoyable lunch with Myles yesterday. After lunch Myles invited me to visit his new apartment, his new cats and his new system. It was great to see again Myles' wonderful wife, Heidi! Since Tinka and I visited Myles and Heidi in early 2017, Myles...
  25. Ron Resnick

    Thiele TA01 Linear Tracking Tonearm

    Thiele TA01 tonearm The Thiele tonearm wants to combine the best of both worlds in terms of rotary and tangential tonearms: with the aim of guiding the pickup system over the record with the least possible tracking error. The tonearm tube consists of two carbon tubes, which are arranged...
  26. Ron Resnick

    Vinyl Sales Outpace CD Sales!

    Sarah Whitten CNBC July 13, 2021 "In the first six months of 2021, 19.2 million vinyl albums were sold, outpacing CD volume of 18.9 million, according to MRC, an analytics firm that specializes in collecting data from the entertainment and music industries. Vinyl has slowly been making a...
  27. Ron Resnick

    T.H.E. Show 2021 -- The Video Interviews

    Steve, Julian and I are delighted to release WBF's first video. We hope you like it! Please post any questions or comments you may have about the T.H.E. Show 2021 video or about my interviews or about the loudspeakers I chose to highlight here on this thread.
  28. Ron Resnick

    2019 Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible

    When I was around 16 years old the only thing I wanted in life was a red Ferrari convertible -- it didn't matter which one -- whichever one was sold when decades into the future I would hope to be able to afford to buy one would be just fine. I grew up disliking Corvettes. I always thought that...
  29. Ron Resnick

    Stellavox Pro TD9 New Manufacture Tape Machine

    Sepea Audio, a company in Serbia, is making and offering a newly manufactured Stellavox Pro TD9 reel-to-reel tape machine: "Sepea Audio manufactures new Stellavox PRO State-of-the-art Professional Reel-To-Reel Tape Recorders. We renovate, refurbish and repair vintage Stellavox recorders...
  30. Ron Resnick

    DS Audio Grand Master + EMM Labs DS-EQ1

    I had a revelatory vinyl experience tonight. I visited my friend in Long Beach who owns the Wilson Audio XVX speaker system. He played for me several hours of his musical selections, as well as three of my standard test tracks: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, Grace (Columbia) “Send in the...

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