Then Boulder makes a better preamp, is that so hard to imagine ?
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There are some instruction on the settings of the controls in the manual, if you can find them in english among the other languages ! https://www.focal.com/sites/www.focal.fr/files/shared/catalog/document/notice_stellautopiaemevo_web....
I have a pair of CLS in the attic too, with a set of extra panels new in the box as backup. My first good speaker, i bought it new in 1986.
Power cords or power conditioning never made a difference on that speaker, the AC only powers the stat panel. On the newer hybrids the AC powers the internal amplifier and active crossover, power cables make more of a difference.
I am definitely no expert on OB, the only speaker i owned that used the technology was Martin Logan Statement E2, where 16 7,5 inch drivers cover mid bass in an open baffle configuration, with excellent result. I am not questioning the tech, just viber6’s constant recommendation and categorization without even having heard or seen products. And maybe i am being unfair, but i read this thread over a 2 week period, and word for word he has probably posted 30% of the writing, ignoring many, many posts by Jay and other people to tone it down.
The Prodigy sounded great biamped with identical amps on high and low side of the passive crossover, my brother has a pair of Summit X and they never sounded that good with their built in amplification. Does the Rossini have a fixed set of outputs and a separate set for volume controlled output ?
I should probably ignore you, but here it goes. All cables are to some extent equalizers, carrying their sound signature into the connected components, if you know the kind of cables used for voicing the equipment and can duplicate the setup, you are one step closer to hearing what the manufacturer intended. Are Gryphon VIP cables great universal cables ? Probably not.
Are they extremely overpriced ? Sure, like almost all high end cables. Are they good cables for connecting Gryphons top amplifiers ? Most likely. Why keep harping on Jay’s decision to try the Gryphon cable on his Gryphon gear. He has already tried other cables.
Yes live music, both amplified and un amplified can have wonderful tone and impact, but on a day to day basis i prefer the talents of Mark Knopfler, Ray Brown and Charley Parker rendered by a decent high-end system, compared to the often talentless stringing and fiddling of amateurs and street musicians. If you land somewhere for a dinner or a wedding with talentless people playing live, it can be downright brutal.
Wow ! What a thread ! I started reading it 2 weeks ago and have been captivated ever since. What a cast of characters, it’s like a reality show with returning contestants, viber6, Mr.DB, techno_dude
and unwanted messages from our dealers/manufacturers. If a psychiatrist ever gets ahold of these pages new groundwork can be done understanding OCD. Jay, you are doing fantastic work exploring and documenting high end audio. I have come to trust your honest opinions, and love your enthusiasm and excitement. When you buy new gear, you are like a kid with new toys, the way it should be. When you started the Youtube channel i was nervous the honesty would evaporate because of commercial interests, but no, you still say it as you see it. It has been a pleasure to follow your development as a audiophile, you have managed what normally takes 20-30 years in a few years, and you are never afraid of admitting when you where wrong, and always willing to learn. Your patience with contributors and Trolls is truly amazing, maybe because you have understood that they play a vital part in keeping this thread entertaining. Keep up the good work !
So you know tweak1 personally and have heard his system ? Have you ever owned or heard open baffle speakers or application where the tech has been applied ? I have. As for your experience as an audiophile, your escapades on this thread give some idea of your practical level. You use 40 year old electrostatic speakers where only the high-frequency panels are active, if this is by choice or because of malfunction, you haven’t shared. Driven by a mid-fi low cost amp, connected with zip -cords, with a Rane pro audio equalizer as preamp.
Have i missed anything ? I did scroll trough many of your early posts whenever i saw the words “Merrill” Rane” or “Clarity” life is just to short !
I have made no claim about the quality of your speakers, i have never heard them, i have wondered about your previous statements about not utilizing the bass panel part of the speakers, please explain your reasons. That your amplifier is low priced is probably not up for debate. As for using a Rane pro equalizer as a preamp and to boost HF for better “clarity “ in a high-end system i must admit that we probably divert in perception of what is transparency and clarity. I have owned and used a number of Rane products in commercial studios and as good as they are for studio use, transparency in the treble range are not their strongest assets. You seem to have a extreme focus on boosting the treble and upper midrange area, with little concern of a full frequency presentation, you almost seem to be a little afraid of bass frequency’s. I don’t know if this is conditioning from all your fiddling or for other reasons. What you call “clarity” could by many be conceived as elevated brightness, if this is your preference it is as valid as others like of softer more midrange focused presentations. But when you constantly judge Jay’s findings and classifications from your own unusual baseline it is somewhat useless. You have to understand that he prefers a fuller more balanced presentation, and owns and uses one of the most varied collection of equipment i have ever seen, you are not going to change what he likes, and no amount of rewriting his lists or reviews will make your preference his preference. For the record, i have enjoyed many of your often excellent posts, and think you are one of the reasons this thread is entertaining.
Jay, in the last video you accidentally got really close to the Mephisto amp, it was nice to see the up close details, that thing is beautiful ! Maybe bringing the camera really close when you get new gear is a future option ? I might have missed it earlier, some of the videos with music are unavailable here.
I do appreciate the sound of real instruments in a well designed space and have been present at numerous recording sessions. I was financial partner in a commercial recording studio a few years, as part of my addiction to audio. Having heard top musicians play around, and be serious take after take, has maybe made me unimpressed with most street musicians, sure great ones get discovered playing on the street, but you seldom see or hear originality. As i am not yet a fan of classical music, small venue concerts with Leonard Cohen, Joan Armatrading and Van Morrison have been sound wise my greatest experiences. You can find excellent recording in most kind of music, not only classical.
Yes many conventional dynamic speakers have a “boxinees “, i don’t think Wilson belong in that category, they are very well made. Personally i find the lack of wide range dynamics, thinness in the mid bass and lack of the deepest bass of most electrostatic speaker just as irritating. I spent many years with electrostatic speakers, and love the soundstage and almost spooky quality they can have with voices and acoustic instruments, but their deficiencies in both frequency ends ended up liming the amount of recordings that where enjoyable.
Not a smart decision Jay, the interactions and audio discussions are tedious at times, but are for some of us the reason we watch the videos. The limited commentary on youtube does not at this point come close to what we have here. For me personally being in Europe excludes me from almost every video with music, they are simply blocked because of copyright issues, and the comment section is not even open. Yes you get rid of the Trolls, but you get rid of some of your regular followers in the process too.
I find it to be something of a paradox that you continuously advocate not using a preamp for best transparency, when you use a Rane equalizer with “judicious” adjustment in the treble as a preamp. And don’t start again on the transparency of Rane. Compared to the modern preamps Jay uses it is a pool of cloudy electronics.
We obviously have diverging meanings of “transparency “. You like to tailor the sound to your liking with a active equalizer and all the electrical circuitry and extra cables that entails and are happy with the result. I totally understand that. But please try to also accept Jay’s findings when it comes to preamps, he is the one actually listening to his system, and a video can give some idea of tone, but is little help when it comes to other parameters of the presentation.
Thank you for the insight into your sleep patterns and day to day concerns about EMF, it explains a lot. Please post a link to where we can buy the orange goggles you wear on top of your glasses before going to bed. An example of a transparent analog EQ was made by Levinson the man, for his now defunct company Cello, it is called Palette and is highly regarded in über high-end circles, absolut top parts, but maybe a little more expensive than a Rane.