NOMBEDES

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  1. I can hear music from about 3AM until 4AM. I wake up and enjoy the latest ear worm. Sometimes I write a song. Thankfully, it is mostly forgotten by morning.
  2. I am a big Raidohead fan. They use quirky percussion tracks. They do not resolve chords in a traditional way. They give concerts in Israel despite the outrage of people who should know better. They are a counter argument to those who say there has not been any good (or at least interesting) music produced since 1969.
  3. Major point, which is not often expanded upon, is the claim that MQA screws up DSP. If true, that is a big fly in the ointment. DSP is the future. MQA, maybe not so much?
  4. Kessler offers (in support of his thesis) this list of album releases for the last four months of 1969: "a dear friend and former record shop owner named Fred Jeffery sent me a revealing e-mail. Fred once owned Rockit Records in Saugus, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Maine with me and Rich Colburn, also of this parish. He was going through some old magazines and came up with this list. It dealt solelywith the four-month period of September-December 1969 – the 1960s’ adieu. Primarily in order of their release, record buyers (including Fred and myself) were offered for the Christmas season Fleetwood Mac’s Then Play On, Janis Joplin’s I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, the Band’s eponymous second LP, the Beatles’ Abbey Road, Steve Miller Band’s Brave New World, Arthur from the Kinks, Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats, Elvis Presley’s From Memphis To Vegas, Led Zeppelin 2, Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma, Johnny Winter’s Second Winter, Pentangle’s Basket Of Light and Spirit’s Clear." I know there is still a bunch of good music being released, but you got to admit that this is an impressive list. I still listen to Fleetwood Mac's "Then Play On" on original vinyl. Go figure.
  5. +1 You got that right. I cannot believe the DR on the Blue and Lonesome (Rolling Stones) CD. Who records this shite.
  6. Ken Kessler, surely one of the best writers in the audio world, has posted a glorious rant ( Has Music All Been Downhill Since 1969?) in the PS Audio on-line magazine Copper #37. Kessler's position is that the HiFi (audiophile) sales are related to the quality of popular music. He claims that the decades long decline of all things audiophile is related to the poor quality of today's music when compared to the golden years of the 1960s. He goes on to make valid points about the onset of digital downloads, iPods and other diversions which detract from sales but the central point is that there is very little good music when compared to the past. I strongly recommend you read the full article. Example: "How can it be that television drama – Game of Thrones, Blacklist, Orphan Black, Peaky Blinders, Breaking Bad, Ballers, Better Call Saul, Preacher, Arrow, ad infinitum – has never been better, but popular music is so mindless, samey, and/or unoriginal? Did the Beatles and their progeny and contemporaries simply do it all, leaving nothing for anyone else?" Well that is a good question. I remember when the Beatles hit the US. I have been waiting for over 50 years for the same thrill I got hearing "I wanna hold your haaand" over the radio (tube?) in my 1949 Dodge. Alas, either those thrills are reserved for the young or no one can do it now.
  7. Why not rub Argan oil on your speakers? I have heard that skin wrinkles are just like the dreaded jitter.
  8. This is what I have been bitching about for ... weeks, well, maybe months. Screw these people who build audio systems that only ship to Russia or China. Few of the people who can afford these systems came by their money honestly. Further, Computer Audio is only for serious hobbyists or computer scientists with advanced degrees. I mean what the hell is a unbto frumisus bandersnach? Have you read some of the posts on this site? Classical Hebrew would be more understandable than the techno-gibberish these people spout. Now comes Schiit with some nice, affordable, kit. This is the salvation we have been waiting for. Burn your copies of Stereophile, delete Mono and Stereo from your browser, audio porn has the same deleterious effects as old fashioned porn it destroys your enjoyment of good music on a good system. I see this comment all the time..."oh I can't be happy with my system, I need to upgrade to the model XYZ" boo hoo I call BS. Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat deserve high praise for their down to earth approach to audio.
  9. Ooooh. No Reference? Steely Dan,,,,right? Katy Lied is the fourth album by Steely Dan, released in 1975 by ABC Records. It went gold and peaked at No. 13 on the US charts. The single "Black Friday" charted at No. 37. The album was the first... allmusic.com
  10. The audiocable companies are working on the.....ad copy as we speak!
  11. Apple hates audiophiles. They have made Billions off of iTunes, but deep down inside their cold, code driven hearts they hate us. They are bloodless, they don't enjoy music except as an entry on their accounts receivable ledger. They don't enjoy sex because it can't be monetized in a family-friendly environment. Every update that is spewed from Cupertino is just an excuse to damage the free flow of music through our assorted DACs. One update kills W4S DAC-2, the next update is unwittingly targeted against some other innocent. A History: (This is a true story.....in respect for the dead the names have been changed. In respect for the living the story is represented as true) Jane graduates from CalTech. She is smart, she received excellent grades and she is very technically adept, she can code with the best of them. She did the right internships, checked all the boxes with the right professors and mentors. She applied to several tech companies and, upon graduation, she accepted a job at Apple. Jane's first assignment at Apple is to work on OS X whatever. The new update to the existing operating system. Now she is on her own. As a junior member of the team, she knows she must contribute something. Even if the customer has no need or desire for an upgrade, Jane has to change something, improve something, do something to justify her employment. Well multiply Jane by 1001 and you get the picture. Young engineers and coders who have never heard of Miles Davis, who think music is some thin screech supported by a computer generated bass line emitting from a .27cent ear bud and you can see why the so called updates to our operating systems are, for the audiophile, much more trouble than they are worth.
  12. Apple hates audiophiles. They have made Billions off of iTunes, but deep down inside their cold, code driven hearts they hate us. They are bloodless, they don't enjoy music except as an entry on their accounts receivable ledger. They don't enjoy sex because it can't be monetized in a family-friendly environment. Every update that is spewed from Cupertino is just an excuse to damage the free flow of music through our assorted DACs. One update kills W4S DAC-2, the next update is unwittingly targeted against some other innocent. A History: (This is a true story.....in respect for the dead the names have been changed. In respect for the living the story is represented as true) Jane graduates from CalTech. She is smart, she received excellent grades and she is very technically adept, she can code with the best of them. She did the right internships, checked all the boxes with the right professors and mentors. She applied to several tech companies and, upon graduation, she accepted a job at Apple. Jane's first assignment at Apple is to work on OS X whatever. The new update to the existing operating system. Now she is on her own. As a junior member of the team, she knows she must contribute something. Even if the customer has no need or desire for an upgrade, Jane has to change something, improve something, do something to justify her employment. Well multiply Jane by 1001 and you get the picture. Young engineers and coders who have never heard of Miles Davis, who think music is some thin screech supported by a computer generated bass line emitting from a .27cent ear bud and you can see why the so called updates to our operating systems are, for the audiophile, much more trouble than they are worth.
  13. +1. Good point. I believe that at a certain quality level nothing is better or worse and that there is no such thing as Sound Quality (SQ). The differences we hear are unique to the listener. Therefore: If it sounds pleasing to the listener, no further debate is required.
  14. Damn fine LSD also. (ref, Kid Charlemane. ~Steely Dan)
  15. I wish they did work I need a ground solution for one of my turntables.......