How to Assemble a High-End Audio System

Ron Resnick

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Welcome to What's Best Forum's series of inspirational videos to guide you in assembling a satisfying high-end audio system to connect you emotionally to the music you love.

When I watch an hour long or 90 minute long instructional video I want to swallow a capsule of cyanide. So these videos are going to be very brief, focusing on only one or two principles.

Our goal is to help you walk a fairly straight path to discovering your preferences, selecting a listening space, selecting components, assembling the system and optimizing it to your room and to your listening preferences.

I am going to be de-bunking a lot of widely-held views as we go. Fasten your seatbelt!


 

Gregadd

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I had already viewed this on you tube. I'll get some chips. This should be good. I think it would work if the members did not comment and just let you post the videos.
 
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Can't wait for the ep on how to take 6 years to build a listening room :p ;)
 

Ron Resnick

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Can't wait for the ep on how to take 6 years to build a listening room :p ;)

The listening room itself took only a few months. However, there definitely will be no episode on "How to Hire a Contractor."
 

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Ron, is next episode about how one discovers their preference for natural sound?

And if one does not have time to discover preferences, what's the best way? watching videos?
 
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Ron, is next episode about how one discovers their preference for natural sound?

And if one does not have time to discover preferences, what's the best way? watching videos?
Reading the thread?? I am sure someone has done a thread on “natural sound” that will guide us all…however, it could take longer to read and understand that then it took Ron to get a room!
 

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When I watch an hour long or 90 minute long instructional video I want to swallow a capsule of cyanide

Ron thanks for starting my day with a good laugh.

I look forward to your sereis
 
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Ron thanks for doing this. A great idea. The comment I hear repeatedly is "listen for yourself". While I agree with that premise the actual execution is very difficult to achieve. So many factors get in the way such as access to gear, like kind comparisons, listening room variation, acoustic memory and so forth. With hundreds of choices and permutations with electronic and cable mixes that, in large part, it seems the task is impossible. Plus I have found my tastes have changed through the years. Most gear theses days is very good, perhaps a better approach would be how to select the "best" gear for a given room and budget? Moreover how do different equipment typologies impact on the sound signature of the overall system and work together synergistically. In sum a daunting task.
 

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(...) Most gear theses days is very good, perhaps a better approach would be how to select the "best" gear for a given room and budget? Moreover how do different equipment typologies impact on the sound signature of the overall system and work together synergistically. In sum a daunting task.

Yes, IMO an analytical way of thought will always be needed in this hobby. But before looking for audiophile preferences people should understand stereo basics and listen to a decent, well assembled and good sounding accurate stereo system. And remember that the development of preferences needs some kind of guidance, either books, magazines, good dealers, gurus or audio forums.
 
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Gregadd

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The listening room itself took only a few months. However, there definitely will be no episode on "How to Hire a Contractor."
Don't feel bad Ron. Contractors don't know how to hire contractors.
 
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How to assemble a high end system? Stacks and stacks of cash.
 

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Ron, is next episode about how one discovers their preference for natural sound?

And if one does not have time to discover preferences, what's the best way? watching videos?
Careful Ked, stones in a glasshouse ! ;)
 

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