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About Nopiano

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  • Birthday January 23

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    Monmouthshire, Wales
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  • Turn Table
    Michell TecnoDec
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Rega / Grado
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Rega Fono II
  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz SA14s1 SE
  • Digital Source 2
    Oppo BDP-95
  • Integrated Amp
    Primare I32
  • Pre-Amp
    Linn Akurate DSM/2
  • My Speakers
    ATC SCM40.2
  • Headphones
    Grado SR60i & AKG K550iii
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Your last paragraph highlights an interesting point because quite often we get a ‘better’ perspective at home than at a concert hall - not least because not everyone can sit in the best seats! Once again we are somewhat at the mercy of the recording engineer’s value judgments over the relative prominence of instruments, and where they appear. I’m sure this is why there are fans of particular recording approaches such as the historic “Living Stereo” and similar techniques. I was once a regular at the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Hall in London - neither with world leading acoustics, but from which a handful of very good recordings have emerged of events I attended. My brain and imagination do a pretty good job of filling in the gaps!
  2. I think that’s why some buyers with a favourite music genre may gravitate towards particular designs or brands. If you only listen to jazz you might favour something slightly more forward or ‘exciting’ because that’s where one loses the most in home listening versus the jazz club. To me that’s a valid choice. But if I play my preferred classical piano solo or orchestral piece on that system it may well sound coloured or unnatural. Hence my preferred balance/sound would probably be too subdued for the jazz lover. This is because most of us have a finite budget. In many cases, more costly and better kit can provide great dynamics with low colouration, but when we are limited of expenditure that’s where we make compromises. And those compromises conflict with ‘the next man’s’ and hence we disagree!
  3. You might be better off starting a new thread as this one has become, er, somewhat existential for the last few days! I see you’ve had one suggestion, and mine is for the probably obvious Chord Hugo 2 in portable or TT designs. The former was intended for phones I understand, and has plenty of output for any model. Widely stocked so should be easy to demo, or buy used at little risk.
  4. Dom, when I first read this I was going to write that you’ll lose ‘everything’. A bit dramatic, perhaps? But I struggle to see that you won’t find it step, or several, backwards, and a costly one potentially too. Rabski has put it all very eloquently and comprehensively so I’ll leave it there. What’s one box, after all?
  5. I suppose that the opportunity to evaluate is limited for many potential HiFi buyers. As you know, I worked part time for over a decade at a HiFi shop, so I could try almost everything they stock, quite a lot of it at home. And installation of customers systems was a great learning too. I was hoping to come upon a brand or model of anything that had widespread approval to make my point here - but I’ve struggled. Even classic products like Technics turntables or Marantz CD players have some detractors! It’s impossible with DACs when the leading brands are like Marmite, with lovers and haters in roughly equal measure. Almost any characteristic of sound seems to require a fine line to be trod - for example, between detail and excessive brilliance, or between bass weight and too much boom, and that’s the dilemma many face when auditioning.
  6. But lucky for somebody, I suppose!
  7. Maybe a studio engineer is listening for a living but most of us listen for pleasure. That’s a big difference. Ears and brains are remarkably good at tuning into what’s wanted and ignoring what isn’t. I’ve heard, for example, a friend playing the same piano sonata in dozens of different venues and on wildly differing instruments, but it’s still identifiable as him.
  8. But why can’t we all find good measurements and good sound - who could object to that? Or maybe that means buying a DCS Rossini at £20,000? Or a twenty year old Arcam with a Ring DAC! PS. Just realised they’re players not DACs, but you get the drift?
  9. Nopiano

    What is Streaming?

    Looks to me like the Pioneer range are ‘normal’ streamers, so use an app as a remote control. Note they also stream from devices over AirPlay, which is handy but lesser quality.
  10. True, but Alan Shaw seems to approve and only requires that the tweeter is at the right height! Obviously you really need some nice floor standers!
  11. Yes, it’s very true about the incremental gains in Formula 1 or professional cycling, and they ultimately manifest in faster speeds, or more reliability. In audio, I see the equivalent resulting in elaborate isolating shelves and very complex cables, to give just two examples. But I personally struggle more with the idea of hospital grade power outlets - they might endure thousands of unplugging actions, but do they sound better, and if so why? That’s why I think many such things are negligible rather than significant.
  12. Ironically, the discontinued Logitech Squeezebox Touch had a lovely screen that showed cover art. It was a feature that attracted me to it, as my introduction to streaming. Now I have a far better streamer, with merely a rolling display describing the Album and Track, with optional display of other info like bit rate, etc. Just in case it helps your decision I’d add that now I use an iPhone or iPad as the remote control, having the display on the box is irrelevant. I can even select tracks or albums from another room! However, if you want to select from the streaming box then it’s nicer to have a recognisable display.
  13. That’s an interesting analogy, which I get. But how does it manifest itself when listening? (I know that wow makes sustained notes waver, and flutter makes high notes ‘splash’ and grate the ears.)