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Speaking of Tilray, one of their Board of Directors "completed the Cable Management program at Harvard Business School." Really!

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8 hours ago, Jud said:

Speaking of Tilray, one of their Board of Directors "completed the Cable Management program at Harvard Business School." Really!

As in cable TV?

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Harvard...

The cable guy got his diploma there.

They even made a film about it. 

Lol quotes:

Edge of my seat..

Strong emotions..

 

I now hear colours...

The best thing ever, since i had liver fava beans and a nice chiantia 

 

Curriculum 

How to bullshit customers

Over charge existing customers.

The classic: An engineer is on route....

 

 

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On 11/25/2018 at 12:13 AM, tapatrick said:

I just popped by here out of interest to see whats going on in the 'hope' that maybe those with audio engineering experience and interest may be able to shed some light on how £120 NUC endpoints running AL headless in ram sound superior to more expensive products (for those who have tried it).

 

Sadly doesn't seem like that what's happening here but I'm sure over time light will be shed on why the benefits are occurring and I'm also pretty sure we will all be interested to know. Then even better products can be produced.

 

It's all pretty simple, really - all one needs is some combination of circuitry that doesn't by some pathway cause the analogue area of the playback chain to be significantly degraded. This can be an exceedingly cheap and simple arrangement - all it has to do is behave itself, electrically. Those who need high performance devices to be, a) expensive, b) esoteric, c) highly complex, using the latest whiz bang technology; or a combination of those factors, will be unhappy with that sort of answer - they belong to the Add Goodness! school of audio thinking, and will never be fully happy ...

 

Luck on getting a combo of gear that does it right, and all's good - the parts of the system do what's necessary without causing undue interference elsewhere, and you can concentrate on getting the analogue bits working better. Why it happens to work correctly is like asking why a module of functionality in your car, say the braking system, is good enough - ummm, if it just works without making me aware of perhaps now and again that it isn't "perfect", then, I don't have to worry about it.

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The braking system in my car is good enough because engineers created adequate amplification to produce plenty of brake torque, modulation, anti-dive, and thermal management for both equilibrial and transient conditions.

 

"ummm, if it just works" doesn't cut it - for brakes or for HiFi

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In the vehicle field there is a long history of development, and enormous feedback from drivers who have either been paid by the car companies to do extreme testing, or who have complained to the dealer, etc, about the quality of the braking - there was evolution to the point where this was completely under control, from the point of ensuring adequate quality.

 

This hasn't happened in audio. If customers complain that how the source material is read and transferred to the remainder of the chain affects what they hear the "real" engineers take no notice of what they say ... it's all in your head, etc; every excuse is used, to avoid actually paying closer attention to what might be happening.

 

Which is why we have the craziness of exorbitantly priced, 'snake oil' solutions peddled by all and sundry - someone's gotta have the answer for me being able to get the sound I like! :P

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