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    Stirling LS3/6
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  1. I could be wrong but it looks as though you're trying to make your speakers into what they're not... My suggestion is that you look for new speakers; two wrongs don't make a right.
  2. They make a difference because their range starts well within the audible spectrum. This means overlapping sound coming from your speakers with that of the super-tweeters. Unless you use old Quad ESLs or single driver speakers it's a waste of money. Read this: http://www.audiomisc.co.uk/supertweet/coherence.html
  3. Bring her in, let her help with the decisions.
  4. tuga

    Harbeth or Revel

    Your description of the differences between your impressions at the store and at what you're listening at home a case in point. The speakers probably sound brighter because you know the acoustic interference your room produces.
  5. I agree that the "not the revealing enough" defensive tirade is a bit ridiculous most of the time but the truth is that designers/engineers have been using listening and measurements to determine the level of accuracy of an equipment or system for ages.
  6. tuga

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    I hope I am not alone in thinking that it is possible to evaluate performance or accuracy through listening if we put aside personal preference and listen in an observationist manner, like a naturalist on a field trip.
  7. When it comes to speakers a spectral decay measurement is probably the best indicator of speaker resolving power: Graham Audio LS5/9 . Amphion Argon 3L
  8. tuga

    Acoustic panel/treatment recommendations

    Most studio panels are butt-ugly but here you can find some pretty good looking (I almost wrote normal) stuff: https://www.architonic.com/en/products/sound-absorbing/0/3247121/1 Hopefuly some tasteful dealer will look into stocking some of this...
  9. tuga

    Acoustic panel/treatment recommendations

    Bare walls increase the soundstage effect, as do speakers with a wide dispersion pattern. Just like TV in the old aerial days:
  10. tuga

    Acoustic panel/treatment recommendations

    Unfortunately those two black 60mm x 60mm multifusers only cover some 5% of the wall. Better than nothing I guess but not doing much.
  11. tuga

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    I know. It's become a selling point, like fancy capacitors and binding posts. The press created myth and the audiophiles have fallen for it. I'm not saying that (analogue) signal cables don't matter. Depending on the application they may have audible impact. In fact I look forward the most effective topology and the best dielectric. But you can have that in a pair of speaker and an IC for less than £100 or half if buying used. And there's no point in losing sleep about it. Cables will have significantly less impact than source, amplification, speaker, speaker positioning, listening spot, room, by several orders of magnitude.
  12. tuga

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Of course you have to know how to listen and what to listen for. Otherwise you'll be wasting a lot more money, sidegrading instead of moving towards a better replay.
  13. tuga

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    It's not about music replay vs hi-fi. Audiophiles like sound, reproduction and gear. It's normal and logical that they spend time evaluating and comparing. But I agree that there is a time for listening to music and a time for assessing sound and if you can't turn off the evaluation mode then you won't be able to enjoy the music. I've been there in the early years of my time as an audiophile. Wasted years of trusting magazine reviews and listening ad-nauseam to the same audiophile-approved tracks...
  14. tuga

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    Yes, speakers matter the most, then amplifiers and source. Cableis a fancy name for electric wire (see the Kondo thread). Its purpose is to connect the different equipment and conduct the audio signal. Inside that equipment one'll find perfectly ordinary cable.
  15. tuga

    Measurements, Compatibility and Ears 👂

    I am all for blind tests but in my opinion and experience quick A-B comparisons are very crude or low-res. You can only really identify very large differences. That doesn't excuse the fact that some people really are a bit "deaf", or don't know how to listen or what to listen for.