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    Not trying to be arrogant here, but who listens to this?

    I played avant-garde/20th century music in college as part of a new music ensemble. Just like in any other genre of music, some of it was fantastic, and the rest ho-hum. I actually enjoyed playing it more than listening to it. But it expanded my horizons so much so that by the time I started...
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    Thoughts on high-performance speakers with a utilitarian finish?

    Unless your house is hardcore brutalist. If that's the case, then it will fit right in.
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    Do I need to clean my LP's?

    My parent's house was very near a major road, so dealing with dust was a fact of life. Add the humidity of a tropical country, and our records got dusty very quickly. You could tell how much dust there was by the accumulation on the stylus after playing only one side. I even had to clean the...
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    There is something very, very wrong with today’s music

    In the Philippines we have the "Rondalla", an ensemble adapted from the Spanish "Banduria".
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    Video Called "Hear Sound Loss in Speaker Cable"

    You would if you worked in a large tv or recording studio, or on a large stage setup.
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    Two pairs of the speakers in the same room - is it a problem?

    I don't see too much of a problem putting more than one set of speakers in a room. That's done countless recording studios. In many cases, you'll see a large pair in or out of soffits, a pair of bookshelf-sized nearfields, and a pair of auratones.
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    New Rode NTH-100 headphones.

    I needed closed headphones for long zoom meetings to prevent feedback from my headband mic. I also needed it to be comfortable because my online meetings and classes can go on for hours. And finally, I wanted it focused on voices because that’s the content of most meetings. My HD650 and HD58x...
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    What headphone(s) do you own ?

    Current wireless recording/teach-from-home/online meeting/recreational listening setup. Signal reaches far beyond bluetooth range. I can audibly stay in meetings while going outside the house to answer the door for deliveries, or doing housework away from the workstation. Uses any of my wired...
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    Vintage amplifiers that could challenge or approach current state of the art amplifiers

    What speakers do you recommend? I don't have a lot of space for anything bigger than bookshelves or thin floor standers, or budget for brand new.
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    Vintage amplifiers that could challenge or approach current state of the art amplifiers

    A friend gave this monster to me last month. It was lying in her brother's garage for a few years. I immediately sent it over for a checkup and overhaul by a local amp specialist. If it comes back in good shape, I might look for a pair of good used 4311's for it.
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    Sennheiser HD660S Review (Headphone)

    I compared the 650 and 660 at a store. I wanted one to check mixes. I didn't know exactly what it was at the time, but I did notice the 5k peak (and a 10k peak which sonarworks reported HD6XXvs.jpg), making it sound both brighter and more aggressive. I left the store with a 650 because I thought...
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    Claude Shannon: Bit Player

    The Shannon-Weaver model of communication was basic reading when I was an AB Mass Comm student in the late 1970s. But it was only during my MA studies in the 80s when I read the original 1948 "Mathematical Theory of Communication" article, did I realize his monumental contribution to the...
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    Asian music & artists

    This is something I produced back in 2014.
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    Can anyone explain the vinyl renaissance?

    Not an answer, just an observation. CD re-issues brought many old pre-1990s analog albums back to the public awareness. Today, vinyl re-issues are giving post 1990s digital albums new life. I just received a vinyl copy of an album I produced in 2005, but went out of print on CDs by the early...
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    Why the love for genelec and neumann?

    AFAIK in the recording studio, nearfield monitors usually sat on top of the meter bridge of an analog mixer. This means between 1 to 1.5 meters away from the engineer, because that's the range of depths for most mixers. This is true even with todays desktop workstations, in which the nearfield...
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    Why the love for genelec and neumann?

    What is "nearfield hifi listening"? Is this opposed to "nearfield studio listening"? How?
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    "You can See how headphones sound"

    "Anything that measures like Harman should sound good .... theoretically." I disagree. The Harman curve represents the preferred sonic characteristics of headphones among listeners surveyed in a 2013 Harman Corporation study. "Good" and "preference" are not the same thing.
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    The Truth about many "Audiophile" Piano Recordings

    Pianos come in all shapes and sizes. Same with recording venues, perspectives, pianists, and pianists egos. To me there is no definitive "piano sound", only one you prefer for whatever reasons.
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