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simonmoon

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You know you have audiophile system when...
@natman  I auditioned it for my wife. She listened and said "It sounds like they’re in the room with us." Now inside my head I was doing my happy dance, because that’s exactly what I was going for. Then she said "It’s creepy. I don’t like it."  ... 
Most Realistic Recordings
@tisimst   It’s also interesting that you explicitly call out Deutsche Gramophone because it came up in another thread about a real sounding piano as a good example. I appreciate both perspectives.   Maybe they were referring to tone, timbr... 
Most Realistic Recordings
@edcyn Yeah, I have a piano and play it practically every day, but I still can’t give you a definitive answer as to what recording best approaches the sound I hear "live." The major problem is that my piano sits in its own special, but quite sm... 
Best music in 2022
Green Asphalt - Swedish band with more than a nod to prog legends, Gentle Giant. Complex, thoughtful melodies, layered vocals. Yang - Designed for Disaster - French band, with prog guitar great,  Frédéric L'Épée, with their modern take on heavy p... 
Favorite religious song
I am not religious at all.  Although I am not averse to religious music, per se, the only sort of religious music I can listen to, for purely musical reasons, are Indian devotionals, called Bhajan.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bttszaG-fZU  
You know you have audiophile system when...
I hate the tag Audiophile. Who coined the phrase? It’s all about musical entertainment, nothing more, nothing less. @bobpyle  The term was coined in 1951, and I think it is a perfectly fine term. Sure it is all about the music first. But tha... 
You know you have audiophile system when...
A music lover uses audio equipment to listen to his recordings. An audiophile uses recordings to listen to his audio equipment! @whitefishpoint1175  This is a quote from Allan Parsons, and he was wrong when he originally said it, and the quote... 
Are there any albums you consider perfect?
Let me add, that there are very many modern, contemporary, atonal, and avant-garde classical pieces that I consider near perfect, but on recording, they are often paired up with music that I do not. I consider quite a few pieces by: Elliott Carte... 
Are there any albums you consider perfect?
I am not sure I consider any record perfect. But there are certainly many that I consider vanishingly close to perfect. How am I supposed to know if some incredibly great recording, could have been even better? Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Br... 
Law of Accelerated Returns
@onhwy61 Expensive systems in well designed listening room do scale type things better. They can go louder, sound bigger, thunder in the bass and shimmer the highs. But does that really correlate with listening to music better? Sometimes yes, s... 
For all you Bose 901 Haters!
I used to work at a mid-fi store that carried Bose in LA during the height of their popularity. They sucked then, they always sucked, no amount of modern mods can polish those turds. Lack of detail, flabby bass, and zero imaging and soundstage. ... 
King Crimson
I am a long time fan of all their incarnations. Their best are: Larks' Tongue in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red. These 3 are their most progressive and musically adventurous. But all of their releases have something of interest.  
Making speakers sound tonally similar with an equalizer
As others have said, the only parameter that you can get to match, is frequency response. But there are so many other parameters to take into consideration. Just one example: different drivers have differences in: resonances, transient responses... 
Supper's Ready
@shredsled  I've seen Musical Box every time they've been to LA. I saw Genesis do the Lamb at the Shrine Auditorium back in 1975, and the Musical Box performance was a pretty good reproduction. So were their other shows of other albums. My prob... 
Supper's Ready
As I previously mentioned, prog had a huge revival starting in the early mid 90’s. Bands in the 80’s, Marillion, IQ, Twelfth Night, Pendragon, and all the "neo prog" bands, were good. But to me, they were kind of watered down. They tended to have...