Smokestack

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  1. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Not saying 16/44.1 can't sound any good ...but the typical CD and CD player certainly don't . I find a decent digital stream or download to be much more musical than CD. That's just me of course ...and I may well be deluded .
  2. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Sarg, I like you am a great vinyl lover... but don't confuse recent Digital with CD . The CD format was atrocious . Digital sources today can and do sound much more musical than CD.
  3. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Amen to that
  4. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Yes there was a lot of poor vinyl ...and attempts to squeeze a CD length album onto a single LP often resulted in a very limited & lifeless sound but ... Today's tendency to put almost everything out on a "double album" , with about 3 tracks per side, hasn't resulted in better mastering with more life and real dynamics....they now just cut everything too bloody loud from beginning to end !
  5. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Quite so...and it would just get us bogged down with the usual arguments about what the respective technologies can and can't do ... which is not the point . The issue is not what the technology can do ...it's what we tell it to do !
  6. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    I wouldn't disagree with any of the above ...except to add that the extreme compression used to cater for the lowest common playback denominator often extends also to the mastering for vinyl....with a resulting dynamic range going from loud to just a little bit louder . I think most engineers today just do it out of habit. As I've often said, the technology...be it digital or analogue...is not the problem, it's the skill employed and the decisions taken in its application. The industry as a whole just doesn't care to cater for the minority who wish to listen with the best possible fidelity. Why could they not today build the appropriate compression into the playback devices ? ... leaving the music less compressed and more suitable to be exploited by better equipment .
  7. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    I read that story about the Universal fire a few days ago . Very sad ...and what amounted to a 10 year cover up is scandalous ! You can rebuild a cathedral... but you can't ask Chuck Berry or Ella Fitzgerald to pop back in the room and do another take. [I remember a few years ago reading that members of Steely Dan were looking to put out some re-issues and were told that the analogue masters "seemed to be missing". Universal knew exactly where they were...up in smoke .] Record Companies of course , being essentially short sighted commercial organisations, are perfectly happy so long as they have a set of flat digital transfers...which for most of it they probably do . But that's not the point .
  8. Smokestack

    Banana plug stuck in amp speaker post

    Looks a bit like a old Linn Klout ....with knobs on
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    Banana plug stuck in amp speaker post

    This one's a bit of a puzzle . The only thing those serrated edges of the Z Plug could feasibly catch on are the cross drilled holes in the binding posts ...so if you can rotate the plug through 90 degrees in either direction, it should then come out quite easily .
  10. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Sarg, If you've found a new second hand record shop that has records that you actually want to buy... and for sensible money . Keep it to yourself ! The downside of the minor vinyl Renaissance is that used record shops & stalls are charging a lot more money for the good stuff...which is also becoming a bit harder to find . Just a few short years ago I could visit the record stall on our local indoor market and pick up half a dozen classic releases in decent nick for about a fiver a pop. [Still fun to go hunting though...and it is a bit ungrateful to moan about vinyl being more popular again. We can't have our cake & eat it ]
  11. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Nothing wrong with Val Doonican Jazid ... I was his biggest fan when I was about 5 "Delaney had a donkey that everyone admired ... temporarily lazy and permanently tired A leg at every corner , balancing his head ...and a tail to let you know which end he wanted to be fed "
  12. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    It doesn't put me off vinyl at all ...and good turntables have a knack of minimising the annoyance . It's just hugely silly to see these stickers all over the place when the industry obviously doesn't have a clue what they should mean. Either improve the product... or leave the bloody stickers off ! [Preferably the former ]
  13. Smokestack

    "Audiophile Vinyl " my foot !

    Just need to have a quick vent about this. For the last few years , with the modest vinyl resurgence , every new record in the shop has "180gm Audiophile Vinyl" boldly emblazoned on the front as a mark of professed quality and excellence . Does the industry not realise what a joke this is ? Almost every one of these hefty discs you buy today is warped... and a very high proportion exhibit loud "vinyl roar" , often further coupled with surface noise between tracks, consistent with the vinyl formulation having a 20% grit content ! The thin , wobbly and supposedly shoddy "oil crisis " vinyl of the '70s is typically far better ! The problem I suspect is that we've lost a generation who knew how to manufacture , cool, package and store records ....with the generation now responsible not yet having learnt very much! There. I feel better now .
  14. Smokestack

    Stupid question: What's the difference...

    Old fashioned "Quartz locked" direct drives were a nightmare. They never revolved consistently at the correct speed because they were always speeding up or slowing down in an attempt to find it !
  15. Smokestack

    Stupid question: What's the difference...

    There's quite a bit more than how you make the platter go round which determines how a turntable will perform...but the quality of drive is fundamental to getting good results. Both methods have their advocates and both require excellent engineering in the critical areas to avoid the respective pitfalls. In broad theory you need better control of both motor speed and motor noise with direct drive because you don't have a compliant belt to help decouple the noisy motor from the bearing/platter and you don't have the flywheel effect of a heavy platter and low torque drive to even out any minor speed wobbles. This is not to say that belt drives are better...just that that they need the money & technology to be concentrated in different areas of the design. And its been shown increasingly in recent years that belt drive turntables also remain very sensitive to the quality and stability of the motor drive .