11) Do not make cat jokes. Especially ones advocating fixing them to audio equipment.
12) Do not diss rim drive turntables. Idlers are the future of analogue.
12) Do not diss rim drive turntables. Idlers are the future of analogue.
Macdadtexas, I like your observations and I'm sure more will be added to the list.
Regarding point number 10, you might want to try a Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2. It may challenge your analog rig and give you something else to ponder. At least that's been my experience.
My next step is to get a laptop so I can bring my computer music files to the DAC-2 (via the USB input) in my large-room 2-channel system. I already have a wireless computer network in the house and an external hard-drive loaded with music files, so I'm half-way there.
Plato, great post. I have heard the Wyred DAC and love it. I am helping a non-audio-fool friend put together a higher end system, and had him buy the Wyred DAC2 as the centerpiece. That said, in my system I liked the Bryton BDA-1 better than the Wyred, I thought it had a deeper soundstage. But that was my system. The Wyred is as good as advertised.
MickeyF, excellent post. I hate cats, and rim drive.
Expensive cables are always better.
Tubes and solid state do not sound different.
Analog is superior to digital.
Balanced cables perform better.
Digital is superior to analog.
Unbalanced cables perform better.
There is no relation between advertising and good reviews.
The forums are completely uncensored.
Every cartridge for sale has less than 75 hours of use.
10/10 can be anything from 5/10 to 9/10.
1.There are always at least two A'goners waiting for me to list an item for sale, so that they can list the same item for less at the same time.
2.Most items for sale on A'gon have the magical quality of staying "new' or "like new" or "still in the box" or "only opened to take this photo", even though they were purchased 5-10 years ago.
3.The majority of A'gon items for sale are "Reference quality", "sound better than the newer, updated model", and are used by some famous reviewer (usually "Mikey") in their personal system.
Happy New Year dear audiophiles! May we all retain our senses of humor, even as we continue to be driven to the brink of insanity by this crazy hobby of ours.
The 'Feil has hit on all cylinders today. My favorite points there are the censorship (I get moderated a lot, and can't figure out why most of the time), and the cartridge hours.
Ironically I just sold 2 cartridges, the one I sold on here, literally had never touched vinyl, the other I sold to my friend who is a scientist, and he checked it out on his microscope before he bought it. It had well over 300 hrs on it at my house and I bought it used. Makes me really believe in how well made Grado cartridges are, especially if you take the time to set them up correctly.
a) Everything is Seller Suggested "Priced to Sell" - when in fact isn't that the buyers decision?
b) I love headphones.
c) A headphone system is not substantially less expensive than a nice small room system!
d) Sometimes you have less than 1 day to pay for something or you will get negative feedback.
e) Several folks here are into racing, especially those I met at the Monterey Historics (or whatever it is called these days).
f) Rockpile Zin rocks (2008 vintage).
g) Transducers can actually SMOKE if overdriven.......
these are lifelong learning experiences...
1) that all audiophiles are a little crazy (including me)
2) that if something arrives damaged, it is ALWAYS the other persons fault.
3) that anyone can make really, really expensive cables AND sell them, IF they are good at marketing.
4) that SOME of those expensive cables are really, really worth the money.
5) that MOST audiophiles need someone ELSE to tell them which are are good, and which are not. (they can't tell).
6) that a good percentage of audiophiles think the other percentage are idiots, because of some trivial belief.
7) that it takes at LEAST 5 audiophiles to change a light bulb..
8) that all audiophile have at least a few recordings they like to play over and over. Some of those audiophiles.. because they love the music, others because they think it makes thier system sound good.
9) that audiophiles are a dying breed.
10) that endless debates NEVER solve anything, that listening for ten minutes DOES solve.
11) that the gulf between audiophiles and mp3 lovers will someday close in our favor!!
12) that buying something NEW is not always the answer.
13) that selling the thing we just replaced has WAY more seller's remorse than we like to admit.. later...
more to come....
The West Coast seems to have more audiophiles then the East Coast.
Despite checking the site everyday, I am always a day late on the best deals.
Whatever I buy someones lists a better buy afterwards.
Whatever I list for sale, someone lists theirs cheaper and in better condition.
Trickle down theory works in the world of audio.
I am way too much into reading and viewing posts and pictures on this website.
May you all have a healthy and prosperous and Happy New Year!
This is a great site if you want to know more about;
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DID I MISS ANYTHING?
Oh yeah, cars, coffee, wine, beer, underpants, jeans..
Hmm...I found these to be truisms this year...
1. More often than not, when you're involved in a transaction, the other party is a terrible communicator - as if they never even got your e-mails, etc. Then, they never even let you know if the stuff got there.
2. Some people truly do not have a sense of humor around here.
3. Disliking jazz is a big no-no - you can't possibly know a lot about music or have the same insight, deep appreciation, etc. if you don't spend much time listening to Miles, Coltrane, etc.
4. There are still a lot of quality folks around here. So amen to that.
I've learned that:
1) A'gon is a great place to learn about audio. :-D
2) A'gon is kind of like a virtual 12-step meeting for people who are addicted to system tinkering. ;-)
3) Selling and buying from fellow A'gon'ers is generally a very pleasant experience. :-X
4) There's a chance that somebody on A'gon will fail to mention that they've affixed 4 enormous patches of velcro onto the bottom of each of the monitors they're selling you. :-/
the only platform in High-End Audio where serious discussions about gear but also about philosophy etc. is possible. Congratulation!
as we always tend to be very critical where else do we get valuable side information, in the glossy magazines? from sales, marketing and distribution people?
in most cases whenever some distribution guys or gurus who defend their own products appear on the scenery the discussion appears to become very narrow minded. Hopefully this will change a little in 2011.
i learned that hi-rez files on the internet are the latest and greatest thing, but i am still confused on how to get them to come out of MY speakers. trying a search on the forums doesn't come up with much of anything. SO, do i get a Mac Mini, a Squeezbox, a sound card, a specialized DAC, a router, an IPOD, etc...?
I already have a macbook pro, a preamp, an EMM CDP, and an Airport Extreme. SO where do i go from here? i am looking for the simplest and (yet) the best sounding arrangement possible. thanks for your help.
From the ad's I've learned that folks don't use their stuff much. Funny, after all that expense you'd think they would use the hell out of it.
From the questions posed I learned that a lot of folks don't understand the function of Google or other search engines, including A-Gon's.
The most enthusiastic supporters of a particular piece of equipment are often novices who really haven't heard much else, or so it seems.
That tube based systems are a substitute for Advil.
That SS systems are the cause of the need for Advil.
That most folks want tube sound but don't want the 'hassle'.
That SS manufacturers tend to declare that their component has a 'tube like' sound (as do some end users and reviewers).
That no one proclaims that their Tubed devise sounds like SS. And, lastly
No one ever sez their analogue sounds like digital.
All turntables of the same class sound different though they should sound similar. That means that they all distort big time in different ways.
There is no such thing as neutral sound reproduction or production.
MM cartridges have more substance and MC more resolution; both sound like junk compared to reel to reel.
People who can hear best never become audiophiles.
Tube amplification will always be superior.
Cleaning records with anything but pure triple distilled water changes the chemistry of vinyl and should be avoided at all cost.
It is impossible to get a clean and stable current.
Many audiophiles who are in their fifties still listen to Beatles.
No room is good enough for listening even a concert hall because it is still a box.
Japanese can do midrande better than anyone else but have no clue about bass.
Mickeyf and Inna - of course a fantastic copy of a master tape which was recorded well (!!!) is unbeatable. I like listening to well recorded master tape copies pretty much - and yes you get some software but good tapes are limited. We have to be aware that vinyl carries the biggest music resource on this planet and there are exceptional good old recordings and pressings out which transferred by the right analogue chain makes your heart beat, or... not.