photon46

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How do you prove that one speaker is better than another?
The OP's question and desire for an answer based on empirical evidence alone will never be satisfied to their satisfaction unless they reframe their conception of reality. Speaker design is both an art and a science. Art Is Subjective! The OP's qu... 
How do I know when to use a subwoofer?
Our impression of being immersed in a performance venue is dependent on more than just music. For instance, when listening to many of the performances in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's live recordings, one can hear  all sorts of low frequency... 
Does the first reflection point actually matter??
Regarding experimentation, when setting up my current system location I tried GIK 244 panels with scatter plates, GIK Polyfuser absorber/diffusers and them GIK 2A Alpha Pro panels in the first reflection points and the differences were apparent in... 
Speaker advice for first hi-fi setup - Monitor Audio Gold vs. KEF R series!
In the end, it's questionable how much relevance is to be gleaned from other's preferences and someone else's interpretations of adjectives like "warmth" and listenability. Personal preferences, partnering equipment, and the room all make one list... 
Most recordings you own by a single artist, group, or composer
Concertgebouw Orchestra (their RCO Live series is great,) J.S. Bach, Stravinsky, and then Dead Can Dance.  
SACD
You can find 268 SACD titles (as of today) at Berkshire Record Outlet to choose from at heavily discounted prices. I've ordered many titles from them over the years, they're a great resource for classical music collectors. Audite, Chandos, CSO Res... 
Can someone recommend a guide or book?
An influential book on the topic is Alex Ross' "The Rest is Noise: Listening in the 20th Century."  Also, check out his website www.therestisnoise.com 
Luxman d-08u vs berkeley reference 2 dac
@Aerielacoustics, no I haven’t heard the Berkeley dacs. My references for digital sound includes several audio shows and having been a member of central Florida’s Suncoast Audio Society and having heard quite a few very fine member systems. (Yes I... 
Luxman d-08u vs berkeley reference 2 dac
Jayh31, I'd have a hard imagining anyone finding the Luxman's sounding rolled off, syrupy, or too warm but I suppose anything is possible if mated with non simpatico components. I don't think I've ever read a single reviewer who found their disc s... 
Luxman d-08u vs berkeley reference 2 dac
FWIW, I recently replaced a Luxman D-05 with a D-08u and it is exceptional. I was surprised at how much more nuanced and detailed (in a good way) it is compared to the D-05. I've heard more than a few iterations of digital playback and short of DC... 
Audio Furniture has its own sound!
Geoffkait makes an important point. One of the last instructions for the sandbox construction is to make sure that supporting feet have a very low resonant frequency so that the whole affair oscillates at 1-3 cycles per second. Rather than using r... 
Audio Furniture has its own sound!
Agree that a maple platform with vibration damping feet underneath it will probably improve your situation. However, I have found that sandbox isolation is even better with my Acoustic Signature non suspended table. The maple platform has a sound ... 
Heavy Metal Anyone?
Arguing about which musicians and genres are "best" is a an exercise in meaningless outcomes. All genres have musicians both superb and mediocre. Each genre requires different skill sets and we all respond differently to particular high points in ... 
Best Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony Recording
Like others, Mravinsky's performance is the one I go back to most often. I was a bit surprised at the comments about poor recording quality, but I've never heard their digital transfers. I have the original 1960's individual lp releases of 4,5,&am... 
CD players = dead?
Resurrecting an older thread here as I recently read some information relevant to the discussion. Three months ago, John Darko summarized a recent revenue report from Germany's music industry and he noted that while streaming generates 80% of musi...