Here’s an interesting article that turned up in my inbox a few weeks back. Excerpts follow:
“It was no surprise, then, that in 1983, the magazine jumped at the opportunity to conduct a double-blind listening test, which editor-in-chief Bill Livingston and his colleagues hoped would reveal, scientifically, that high-end cables were indeed a hoax and provided no higher performance than the everyday lamp cord in common use at the time.”
“The resulting article created a firestorm. As you’ll read, the panel identified, to a statistically significant degree, the 24-gauge from the other two contenders with pink noise as the source. More critically, they also identified, again with statistical significance, the Monster Cable from the 16-gauge with pink noise. But the latter results didn’t hold when choral music was used, and none of the Monster versus 16-gauge results passed the higher threshold of a 75 percent or greater detection rate said to be psychoacoustically significant.”
“SR’s editors, however, rewrote the ending to create something akin to a blanket condemnation of the category and pressured Greenhill to accept the changes, a decision he later regretted.”
“Today, 35 years later, the debate over audiophile cables remains as active as ever.".
In other words. Folks have heard a difference between speaker cables. The article way back in 1983 should have settled this there and then. But something got into the way of the truth. You can read the Sound & Vision article in full here, and here is the article “The Horse’s Mouth” mentioned in the S&V article.
Taking video is really not my forte. This is something I hope to improve on. And I’m beginning my path to self improvement by getting this - a RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro.
Recording bass on my mobile phones (Android XiaoMi Mix2 or Apple) seems impossible. The bass is simply not picked up by phones’ microphones at all. The sound quality is also poor with very little spatial information.
Can the RØDE SVM Pro do one better? Why not take a video and find out?
For better or worse, it seems D+M have moved away from the Audyssey Pro Kit and is moving towards a more generic solution to Audyssey tweaking. This is their latest creation, the Audyssey MultEQ Editor. Available on Android and iOS.
At AUD$30.99 it’s one of the more expensive Android Apps out there. This app allows you to:
View the speaker detection results, to check correct installation
View before and after results of the Audyssey calibration, making it easy to identify room problems.
Edit the Audyssey target curve for each channel pair to suit your tastes
Adjust the overall EQ frequency roll off for each channel pair
Switch between 2 high frequency roll off target curves
Enable/Disable midrange compensation to make the sound brighter or smoother
Save and load calibration results
At time of writing, this app has a rating of 2.8 on Google Play (Based on 175 reviews). There are 59 1 star reviews. Should you get this APP given the price and the reviews? Read on to find my take.
I am a firm believer that while money cannot buy happiness, spending money can sometimes take some pain away. And spend money I did. Pre-ordered this baby back in early March, and here it is almost 3 months later, the latest Marantz 2018 Surround Pre-Amplifier - the AV8805!
This is actually the first unit in Australia at time of writing this blog! Kudos to QualiFi and Tasso for bestowing this honour upon me .
I love this disclaimer:
THIS CARTON HAS BEEN OPENED FOR QUALITY CONTROL TO ENSURE THE PRODUCT MEETS AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS
Translation: they have removed UK cables and replaced it with Australian ones? This will just be a quick preview of the unit as I have been out of the HT game for nearly a decade so it will take me some time to get everything setup and running. This is going to replace a Denon 3808A that’s acting as my AV pre-amplifier until late last night.
Funnily enough The Denon 3808A was also purchased on the first day of release (Late November 2007). I know the date well because it was 2007 Christmas Eve when I blew up the Denon video circuit board! That’s a story for another day perhaps. It was this experience that taught me to be extra vigilant in setting this up. Hopefully not going to repeat the same mistake twice (*touchwood*)