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Spkrdctr

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I watched the video.

At around 13:30 he says this is the listening room where all the double-blind testing occurs.

Of course any ASR member would immediately ask him exactly how they double-blind test, but that "interviewer" wasn't there to challenge anything the proprietor claims. (And of course, he found a way to show off his cars...)
Matt, that is what I was saying too. There was no, none, zero equipment or setup for any blind comparisons. Most of these companies "claim" blind tests and in fact they do no blind tests at all. It is all sighted A/B. Most couldn't even tell you how to set up a simple home style blind test. Liars gotta lie.
 

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I think it's just an unwritten audiophile rule that anything sounds better if it's in a fancy stackable enclosure and has a hefty price tag :D
Did you say stackable?! I say as I’m working on designs for stackable line-level DSP and processing amps, cheap stuff from Dayton audio, but would be fun. 3D printed with allll sorts of chamfers and radii, ha!
 

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Put those PCBs in huge enclosures CNC milled from billet aluminum, add a few submarine windows with VU-meters, and you can easily get six-figure money for each :D
 

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If that's even true, I can think of several factors several factors that might be skewing the numbers:
  • Macs are expensive. Any comparison should be against similarly priced PC models. Looking at entire brands, any difference between cheap models and high-end ones will be missed.
  • Mac users typically replace their devices as soon as a new model is available. People who buy cheap laptops use them until they break.
  • Getting an Apple device repaired is expensive. Many users will rather live with the flaw until they get a replacement. Just look at all the iPhones with cracked displays.
My 2011 MacBook Pro did a solid 10 years, till the battery failed, and I failed keeping it dry. $160 a year for a premium laptop is not bad. Sure didn’t game (except Roller Coaster Tycoon!), and Protools (which I bought it for) got dicey. But I ran an old version of Sketchup for 3D printing til it died.
 

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Bring on the Faygo.
I have somewhere a pic of the amp “tent” I made for ICP’s appearance at my house gig at the time. Rack full of QSC 3602’s I think. 3’ of plastic-covered corrugated cardboard on both business ends. They survived. Pulling lighting AC as the diet root beer advances.. yea well. Pretty sure we got tipped out nicely by mgmt
 

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My 2011 MacBook Pro did a solid 10 years, till the battery failed, and I failed keeping it dry. $160 a year for a premium laptop is not bad. Sure didn’t game (except Roller Coaster Tycoon!), and Protools (which I bought it for) got dicey. But I ran an old version of Sketchup for 3D printing til it died.

My family has two 2011 MBPs, both still running strong. In fact, my 2011 MBP runs Windows 10 in dual-boot better than two-year-old (better spec’d) Dell I’m issued for work does!
 

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Would it be dufus of me to nominate the 'speaker-stands' as "The Undiscovered Extreme Snake Oil"?
  • $995 speakers w/$290 stands (LRS),
  • $5k speaker w/$2k stands (LS3),
  • $7k speaker w/$2k stands (S12 avocado)
  • ... [fill in the blank]
It should be the next wave-of-the-future for marketeers. [no disrespect]
 

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Yeah, sure, listen to advice from a cable salesman
 

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There have probably been others but this one is QUANTUM!!!!!!!!!
Guys! They’ve solved it! Electrical engineering has been SOLVED. From their FAQ: “Yes, fuses are directional. Electricity should flow from the left to the right when you view the fuse.”
 

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But it should be noted that I (the dufus) finally figured out what makes a "one way" audio cable one way...:facepalm:
 

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Guys! They’ve solved it! Electrical engineering has been SOLVED. From their FAQ: “Yes, fuses are directional. Electricity should flow from the left to the right when you view the fuse.”
''The best description of how Purple UEF fuses change the system came from my wife, just before Christmas 2021; “it’s not like an expensive new scarf, but more like tying that expensive new scarf perfectly''

 

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