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  1. Nativebon

    Spendor D7

    Let me guess?.... Good news not buying speakers, bad news buying one or more of the tweeks..
  2. Nativebon

    FAO CnoEvil (Arcam AVR600 )

    I can happily add to what Cno said about the 600 amp. It's very capable and drives my IPL S2TLK speakers with no problems what so ever. I had to look around for quite a while before finding a problem free one. My one was fully serviced and certified by Arcam themselves. Got really lucky. I had to make compromises cause my other half wasn't having another big box seating in the living room. For £600 which I paid is an absolute steal. Does an excellent job with both 2 channel and movies. It's not the most detail amp but what it lacks in detail it makes up for over all musicality. Having said that, I could easily tell differences between my Chord 2qute and RME ADI-2 DAC when comparing. Even with cables, but that's another story. I prefer the Arcam AVR 600 amp to many other dedicated 2 channel amps. IMO you may need to spend up to 2 to 3k on a 2 channel amp to better it. Having say all that it boils dwn to presentation and preference. This is doing me very nicely for now, hopefully in few years time may add another amp for 2 channel.
  3. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    DSP can also cause phase shift problems.. Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease.
  4. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Something similar happened to me and a friend of mine. I told him I could here differences in sound quality when my amp was in direct analog mode and when not. So I played a few tracks and he could hear the difference in sound quality easily as well. So just to remove anything placebo effect we decided to test it blind. I got it right 4 out of 5 times, my friend was 5 out of 5. We then played another track just to be sure, then suddenly we could no longer here any differences. We just got it wrong almost every time, now it became a guess if tone control was defeated or not. Anyway we thought it strange. After my friend left that day in the evening I then decided to try without blindfold and I could here the difference again. It then suddenly dawned on me it was a particular track played that was masking the difference. Next day we tried again with blindfold and got it right almost every time playing other tracks.
  5. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Absolutely.. Couldn't have put it better.
  6. Nativebon

    Revealing Hifi System – How Is It Achieved ???

    Or may be some just ain't got the ability to hear differences. Now we shouldn't remove this as a possibility until such a time where we can test this option scientifically. May also account for the reason why on occasions I get horrified by systems put together for demo by some hifi salesmen. Nope I'm not saying I got golden ears.
  7. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Yes we agree the above can happen, but in all cases?.. No sir. Do you really think these people have better hearing that you and I?... Oh cause it was carried out by people from hifi news so I should be really impressed.
  8. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Er... I think you guys are the ones really Loosing it now.. .. I had Boston acoustics speakers which are much bigger deeper wider than my current IPL acoustic speakers and yes my current speakers sound so much bigger in just about every aspect especially with bass. Oh dear it must be expectation bias.
  9. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Expectation bias is different from telling someone lies. Some movies may get rave reviews and ever one likes them, that does not mean I will like it my self. I was expecting the movie to be good yet it just did not do it for me. Yes and this has happened a lot. People now listen with the awareness of expectation bias and over long periods of time. Expectation bias is used to often these days. It suddenly seems we all gone deaf and lost the ability to make judgement on anything. On many occasions after purchasing a new Hi-Fi product expecting better sound after rave reviews, only to seat down and listen and it sounds absolutely horrid. So yes my mind is till functioning like it should. May be, just may be, we need not be in this hobby or listen to music critically if we can't hear differences in sound. All the purpose of it is lost and we need not pay attention to anything and just get a curry bass box and be done with.
  10. Nativebon

    Revealing Hifi System – How Is It Achieved ???

    Seems people are afraid to say what a revealing Hi-Fi system is. Ok will have a go even though I know will get my head bitten off... 1 Clean mains 2 Shielded cables(Shot run of speaker cables where possible). 3 Preferably a room with as little reverb or echo as possible. 4 Proper isolation of equipment. 5 Also found sealed speakers to be more revealing especially in the bass frequency. 6 Dampening Factor of an amp and ability to have a firm grip on speaker. 7 Having good hearing also helps...
  11. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Even I as a cable enthusiasts don't think interconnects make much difference if any at all. Well may be a well shielded one.
  12. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Yes you right..You can easily get drawn into cable debates.. Think I've had enough to last me a year.. Phew!!
  13. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Nice post. I'm particularly interested in the part you made mention of being familiar with room acoustics, music speakers and so on... Now how many of these unsighted test has been done in familiar environments and how long do these sections go on for?... May be two days if your lucky. The Listener should at least have a week with the product to be tested before the actual test takes place. Not sure this ever happens. Give an example.. Before I bought my RME ADI-2 DAC I demo'd the Chord Qutest DAC at Grahams HI-Fi in London and on comparing it with my 2 Qute DAC I thought the Qutest sounded much better. Only to take the Qutest home in a familiar setting and now actually preferred the 2 Qute . Setup and environment are very crucial in any test. Easier to tell differences in familiar environments which is not the case in most if not all of unsighted cable test. Most examples of test being referred to from time to time are inconclusive.
  14. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    A wise man realises the fact they can't be certain of anything. Is that more pleasing?.. Think of things in the scheme of time.
  15. Nativebon

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    How can you be absolutely sure cables don't make any difference... Are you sure you can measure sound in it's entirety or just part of it. A wise person realises the fact they know nothing.