Washington Post article "Sound Crazy" on audiophiles . . .

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  1. Hap C

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    Saw this article, entitled "Sound Crazy" recently, from the Washington Post. I would guess some of you have already seen it, as it's a few months old, but it nicely describes the "addiction" and need to upgrade. I thought someone else might have missed it when it came out and would enjoy reading it now, so here's a link.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp...8447-2001Jun12
     
  2. Ari*S

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    Very nice read! At one place there is this analogy about drug dealers (audio dealers) and junkies(stereophiles)... I could almost see myself hooked on this High, if i am not careful![​IMG]
     
  3. Hap C

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    Glad you enjoyed it. [​IMG]
     
  4. Scott Oliver

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    Good read.

    Two thoughts:
    1. I hate how all these articles always make it a point to go interview Mark Levinson, the guy is not an honorable representative of high end audio anymore IMO. Just look at the fact that he turns this interview into a plug for his rebadged Red Rose gear, even the CEO of Harman didn't do that. Ugh!

    2. I think the Hugh Campbell shouldn't use only air bladder's underneath his gear. I would mix up the isolation methods a little more perhaps cones here, rollerblocks there, etc.:b
     
  5. Mark All

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    "This planet has its own magazines, its own gurus, its own language, partisans and proselytizers, heretics and cranks. They listen and spend, then listen and argue, then listen some more and argue some more."

    He's got us pegged. [​IMG]

    Incidentally, I did get my Rotel amplifier at the Gifted Listener in Centerville but haven't been to Deja Vu. I'm not sure what the air bladders are all about. Would old inner tubes work as well? [​IMG]
     
  6. Khoa Tran

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    k, i need to stop by my local dealer this afternoon and check out his new stuff =)...i can just see it now...a new preamp sitting in the backseat....I don't know but when i listen to my stratus minis i get somewhat of the guitarist in my room...just not the drummer...the goldis has the guitarist and drummer.....
     
  7. Phil A

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    I've been in Hugh's house. Great system. He uses the same speakers as I do. His is 2-channel only. Mine is part of a HT. He basically listens to classical only. I've helped set-up Levinson mono-blocks before. I think the 33Hs come with a free coupon for a hernia operation. The 33 is even bigger. I've only seen them once and it is huge. My Proceed HPA3 for the front channels in bad enough at about 115lbs. You get to a certain point and say maybe it would be cheaper to hire the band to perform in your room.
     
  8. Kyle_Y

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    Funny[​IMG] That was a good read!
     
  9. Brett DiMichele

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    Great Read!

    I have a question.. I desperately want to be an Audiophile
    but I can't afford the real exotic stuff.

    I heard that Cable Elevators increase the sound stage and
    add more transparency to the music. But again I can't afford
    such exotic components... Would a set of Vintage Post-War
    Lionel Train Tressel's work the same? (If you know model
    trains you know what I am talking about..) Of course I would
    only want the original Vintage stuff because I hear that the
    vintage gear works better than the new stuff.... [​IMG]
     
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    Come on... I need a f-fix... do you got a f-fix? I need a f-fix so b-baddd!!

    -getting the sh-shakes-

    Great read!
     
  11. Chu Gai

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    you don't need lifts if you know the 'secrets' to levitation, besides we all know the secret to good sound is keeping the amp on the bottom.
     
  12. Brett DiMichele

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    Chu,

    I have a bunch of Neodydium Magnets on my wall.. I wonder
    if I move my Power Amp to the bottom shelf and levitate it
    would I gain the depth I am looking for?

    When I listen to certain recordings like Manheim Steamroller
    I can only hear about 3 or 4 rows back... I know they have
    more rows in thier arangement than that! I am missing like
    3 rows of depth! [​IMG]

    *Scratches head* Hold on I seen this in a movie once!
     
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    Read it

    Did not like it. I need that writer e-mail and would like to send him a reply.
    That kind of bottom line mentality and tone is pretty depressing. There may be a compulsion from many an audiophile to go around "upgrading" gear but there is a definite joy to hear music as properly reproduced as possible. And this no $699 5 speakers and a powered subwoofer plus a receiver and VD player combo is going to provide. I bet he does not go around claiming that since Mac Donald fills the stomach as well as a dinner at Paul Prudhomme thus Mickey D is good enough...

    Taken to the extreme yes anything is bad... The Chinese have a say : Too Far to the East is the West...


    Frantz


    Mark Levinson, the man is at least pathetic...in this article. The man can hear and deserves a place in the pantheon of High End Audio but ...Mark !!!!
     
  16. Brett DiMichele

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    Frantz,

    Hmmmm yeah go ahead and fire off your emails.. I think you
    will find 99.9% of us took away from the article what the
    writer intended.. He wasn't flaming music lovers and audio
    enthusiasts.. He was explaining how it is with the very
    obsessed audiophiles and everything he said was spot on as
    I see it..

    Guess what else... I use a DVD Player as a CD Transport and
    I love music... String me upside down from a cross and burn
    me.. For I have forsaken the music! *Shakes head*
     
  17. Khoa Tran

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    I think because this is the "home theater forum" not the "audiophile forum"

    honestly i like 2ch stereo better then anything else....
     
  18. John-Miles

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    Bleh air bladders are for wusses. if you are serious about reducing vibration then dont get an air bladder, that will only soften the vibrations and increase the amplitude of them, though at a slower velocity.

    what you really want to do is set up a spring and dashpot with some weights to cancel out the effects of the vibrations..... that is of course if vibrations that you can neither see nor hear are really a problem for your ears.....
     
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  20. Chu Gai

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    well thanks for spreading it [​IMG]
     

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