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Re: Who reviews the reviewers in the Audio Industry?
Mojo #434141 11/03/19 10:15 PM
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This has really gotten off topic, so a few comments about power supplies, strippers, and audio reviewers:

On power supplies, the question is what happens when they reach their limits? With a linear supply you will eventually get voltage sag and no more power can be supplied. This is a nice way to reach the limits, not something you can say for a switching supply. With this in mind there is nothing wrong with a switching supply as long as it is big enough to never hit its limits no matter the demand from the dynamics of the source. That will be one very large switching power supply.

Mojo, if you are going to get new strippers at least get a good looking pair.

On audio reviews, I think Craig has hit the nail on the head. Whatever test you do sighted you can do blind, it just involves a lot more effort. I would venture to say the effort is not the problem though, it is more likely the self-destruction of connoisseur status.


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Re: Who reviews the reviewers in the Audio Industry?
Ian #434147 11/04/19 03:15 AM
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Right ... the problem is that most off the shelf switchers protect them selfs by going into short circuit protection when their limit is reached ... but really for audio they should current limit ... with this change and some very large caps and you'd have the best of both worlds.

Re: Who reviews the reviewers in the Audio Industry?
Mojo #434231 11/10/19 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted By Mojo
What's a corded phone?

It's like a cordless phone but keeps working when the power is out.

I was reminded of this today when Hydro One cut the power off in our area for 6 hours to perform some kind of upgrade.


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Re: Who reviews the reviewers in the Audio Industry?
craigsub #434234 11/10/19 09:41 PM
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That would have been a good excuse to fire up them gennies you've been hoarding.


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Re: Who reviews the reviewers in the Audio Industry?
craigsub #434920 12/28/19 01:51 PM
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The problem with music is it's more than just the sound, but an emotional connection. So I don't know if you can totally rule out any of your senses into the finished product.

I could go to an acoustically perfect hall and listen to a well-played orchestra but be stuck on an uncomfortable wooden bench sitting in front of a woman who doused herself in perfume, and even with my eyes closed I will give the sound I heard a far worse mark than pretty good speakers in an OK room but sitting in a comfortable chair. You won't be able to help yourself.

Likewise, how do you measure enjoyment if your speakers look like something your dog coughed up regardless of how they sound. You are going to be influenced by your eyes.

Where I see an issue is when you cross over from describing your feelings into implying qualities that are not directly associated. I would agree with a review that said the sound was exceptional, crisp with a clear placement on instruments on the sound stage, but when you open your eyes and are assaulted by the sight of the speaker it all falls apart.

I don't know where the correct balance actually is?


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Re: Who reviews the reviewers in the Audio Industry?
craigsub #434924 12/28/19 09:34 PM
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Between an ugly, good-sounding speaker and a beautiful, bad-sounding speaker, I'll take the ugly one. I am a function over form kind-a-guy. I do appreciate form though and if I can have both, so much the better.

I do have minimum standards on aesthetics though. No matter how good these sound, they'd never find a place in my abode.

https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649464708-ugly-speakers-dahlquist-dq10/


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