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Category: "Under The Sun"
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?
I’m sure most of you are aware of this by now:
Do you hear Laurel, or Yanny?
Apparently if you hear the word ‘Yanny’, you have younger ears because you can hear the high frequency tones. If you hear the word ‘Laurel’, then you are only hearing the lower frequency tones.
Videos like this always interests me as an audiophile, and this one is especially interesting because unlike what the others are saying, my take on this audio illusion is it’s not about hearing loss.
It’s audio cognition!
Google is getting real stupid these days. I don’t mind that they keep changing the goal posts and make it impossible for me to get my URL.
My frustration is they keep changing the rules making it difficult for me, while doing absolutely nothing to stop the squatters. Previously it was 10,000 views, now it’s 100 subscribers. The latter is so much harder to come by when I’m not dedicating 100% effort on YouTube. I rather spend my time coding, supporting and updating the manual thank you.
It is so easy to get to 100 subscribers by nefarious means - be it paying somebody, or creating 100 accounts to do this myself. Even something as silly as ’subscribe to my channel, and I’d subscribe to yours’ will work. I’m sure there is already a healthy black econony providing this 100 subscribers service. Why should I involve myself in that false economy?
How can Alphabet, the owner of the wildly dominant search engine, not realise these rules are stupid - makes it harder for me to earn my custom URL, in the meantime doing absolutely nothing to prevent other people from squatting on it?
Do they seriously think they can use AI algorithms to detect fraud? While here’s an idea - why not use an AI algorithm to stop YouTube squatters instead?! This 100 threshold is only slowing the advance, it’s not going to work. It will be 100 now, it will be 1000 in the future.
At least give me an option to reserve my custom URL for f**k sake! The odds of me getting a consistent URL throughout is getting bleaker and bleaker by the day.