Paul R

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  1. Hi Bill, Dennis - yep, pretty much OK. Just doing those 18hour work days for a while. I am reading all you guys though, and still enjoying the conversations as much as ever. Just not much time to reply.
  2. Wonderful subject Bill! I wonder, sound perception depends a lot of intensity, and it is a well known fact that volume differences (i.e. intensity) strongly effects the perception of a music source. I am not sure how one would go about measuring the perception of a music source against by single individual, even leaving out preference. Volume can make any music sound radically different. Sure we can measure the intensity of the sound, but short of some kind of brain monitor, I am not sure how anyone could accurately measure what the individual perceives in the music. Just thinking, not proposing a study. -Paul
  3. Whoo boy - it's a true Catch 22. No matter which way you go, internet, brick and mortar, show shopping, or whatever, the manufacture seems to view you as "the enemy" if you don't show up with a 3P silk suit on. (*sigh*) I really dislike that - a lot.
  4. Well, yeah, but... it is a cool idea. Whomever could pull it off would probably have to hold very limited stock of course, but 20-30 listening rooms would be heaven to me. -Paul
  5. Wow- that sure sums up a lot of how I feel about the industry. Of course, when you mention this to a lot of industry people, they either point out the fantastic entry level stuff available, get very patronizing, or else act horribly insulted. It makes me wonder if they are affecting a disconnect from reality purely for marketing reasons. Probably not with most, but there are a few... Coincidentally, I was listening to a pair of speakers the other day, and thought they sounded extraordinary. Open, uncontested, reproducing some of my favorite music so well my daughter wanted to dance. (Which, considering it was the Canadian Brass' rendition of Mozarts "Queen of the Night" from _Tha Magic Flute_, is saying something. I was almost convinced to buy them, not even knowing what they were - which turned out to be B&W 805 D3s. I didn't expect them to be that, mainly because I heard them in a Magnolia (Best Buy) listening room. Of course, when I heard the model, and knew the price was $6K, I decided to think it over a little bit. That one over wife's objection - she wanted to buy them. it was purely that they seemed priced above their value. My view of their value that is, not someone else's. I have a little regret I didn't buy them, but that would lead to another whole round of upgraditis I think...
  6. It sure makes the hobby a lot more fun when when one decides upon a clear methodology to making decisions about "corrosive" topics like cables. Congratulations are in order for plowing your way through the muck to the *fun* side!
  7. Ah- typical internet troll then. YOU don't care what people think about what you say or do online, just so long as you get attention. (*sigh*) Whatever you are, you are definitely not hear to share in the enjoyment of the hobby. There is this gasbag site a few IPs over that you might want to check out...
  8. Oh, I picked up one of the Emotive DACs when they first came out. It actually did sound very good, but the build quality and QA was unacceptable. For instance, when the player changed the sample rate, the DAC would emit a horrendous full volume - tweeter killing - POP! DAC went back, and I eventually convinced them to refund my money for it. I won't buy another Emotive product, no matter how good they make them. Why do I wan to fund someone who may be a genius, but who is a careless one? The people arguing with you so intently are just being silly IMNSHO. They seem to be looking to "make points." Dennis and a few others have made some great points, but most of the others, not so much. -Paul
  9. Yes, and they are very sensitive to auditory input as well. The sound of someone coughing can be very frustrating to them, like nails scratching across a blackboard to most people. Autistic people often seem to extraordinary perceptions. -Paul
  10. Rather sloppy thinking there, don't you think? Especially from someone so prone to snipe at other people. Double blind testing does address bias in Pharma, but it is far from perfect. First you have to address the test statistically, because the result of any drug test in any individual can be due to simple random coincidence. Secondly, blind testings big glaring fault is that it makes falsifying data much harder to detect, and thus leads to fraud. And of course, don't forgot how it encourages publication bias, specifically in Pharma testing! Double blind testing is decidedly useful - but is far from perfect or indeed, "the" answer to any of the questions. Even when the subject happens to be audiophile cables. -Paul
  11. As the parent of an adult autistic child, I can tell you, the kids watch every person trying to communicate with them very closely, and modify their behavior and responses accordingly. Autistic people are not dumb by any measure, but they are certainly wired differently. We can learn a lot from them.
  12. Thought I answered that... yes, you loose a LOT going to the TV first, even if you use the ARC functionality, much less if you feed the audio back through optical. TV's don't do all the processing an AVR can do, nor do they usually accept most of the newer file formats that provide lossless or HD audio. Feed the HDMI to the receiver, then drive the TV from the receiver. -Paul
  13. Tunnel vision - that was quite stupid of me. Sorry! Still, an Onkyo and a set of the less expensive speakers referenced above, you could probably squeak through at the $3K mark. -Paul