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post #21 of 250 Old 03-14-15, 04:33 PM
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I can say definitely that x sounds good.
Agreed, I am a HUGE fan of x, thus far.

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Time to decompress...

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Hey where'd y'all go ... Stayed up all night "decompressing" perhaps.
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Re: Home Theater Shack 2015 High-End Amplifier Evaluation Event Reporting and Discussion Thread

Whew! What a weekend!

Status: We got through our ABX test. Results are being compiled. And analyzed. And interpreted. And the mainframe is still cranking on the answer. Apparently there is some number crunching involved.

At one point the mainframe stopped as though it had an answer for us, but it turned out that it needed clarification on the question. Something about the answer being quite simple, something related to the number 42, but the question really needed to be defined properly, and that would take awhile. And maybe a bigger computer.

Leonard is in charge of all of that, and it might be a day or two, or three, possibly four, or maybe something more than five.... OK it will be A BIT before the results are published.

As of this moment... Joe and Leonard on on their ways home to Wisconsin and Florida, respectively. Travel safe, fellas. Sonnie is napping, Dennis is relaxing/posting/computing/napping. The weekend is not over, though, there is work that will continue through Monday.

A few thoughts on blind testing, and the weekend so far:
  • There are a lot of ways to attack blind testing, and it is not a simple creature to master.
  • Like anything else, it can be fun in the right company. Check the egos at the door, approach it in a supportive, friendly atmosphere, and a group can have a fun time while getting a lot accomplished.
  • These guys - Sonnie, Leonard, Joe, Dennis - are an unbelievably great bunch of people to work with and play with.
  • Expensive electronic toys are cool!
  • Expensive audio toys are REALLY cool!
  • Expensive audio toys can be frustrating!!!!!!
  • There are a lot of ways to look at value.
  • Good sound and good music and good company and a fun, tough, technical audio project all mixed together for a weekend make for a high that is pretty hard to beat.
  • Imagination is a wonderful thing, you know, the furnace of creativity and all, and it can be your friend, but it can lead you off in weird directions if left unchecked. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish.
  • Sleep is good.
There is some detailed speaker evaluation work to be completed. And some other testing. It is funny how our TODO list never gets all checked off and finished, It just gets continually rewritten.

Will be posting some photos shortly...
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A question for your consideration:

When you have a typical get-together of family &/or friends over and you sit down together to enjoy a movie or some music on your system, how many of them typically care about and can appreciate really good sound quality?
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A question for your consideration:

When you have a typical get-together of family &/or friends over and you sit down together to enjoy a movie or some music on your system, how many of them typically care about and can appreciate really good sound quality?
Good question. I know in my family and my friends I am the only nut who "really" cares about the quality of the sound. My wife thinks the TV speakers sound great and my friends think a $2-300 soundbar sounds amazing.

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A question for your consideration:

When you have a typical get-together of family &/or friends over and you sit down together to enjoy a movie or some music on your system, how many of them typically care about and can appreciate really good sound quality?
It's almost always family that we have over. While most of them appreciate the experience of a movie on a good system, none of them care enough about it to invest any money creating something like it for themselves. And none of them are terribly interested in two channel that I can tell - only movies and maybe concerts with video.

We are a strange, unusual and rare breed I'm afraid.
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I'm afraid we are bkeeler. My experience is the same. Mostly family, and most of them have been around long enough to have expectations. New guys(family or friends) are the ones I like. I'm not about to pound on my chest,as my system is modest, but no one as a first time visitor has not said WOW. (Just nice maybe?). Again, like bkeeler said, not many want to take on the variety of investments. It's for me anyway, but I still enjoy sharing it.
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A question for your consideration:

When you have a typical get-together of family &/or friends over and you sit down together to enjoy a movie or some music on your system, how many of them typically care about and can appreciate really good sound quality?
I have a handful of friends and relatives who come over from time to time who have said in conversation to others that our home Theater system is the best they have heard. One cousin in particular loves coming over with her husband to watch movies, we even had a Super Bowl party in the theater room last month.
I have one family friend who owns a production rental business (sets up, runs and rents out sound, video and lighting equipment for big concerts here in Edmonton) who has come over twice and loves my system.

I im never one to brag because I know that when I go over to other people's houses I enjoy what they have and never compare systems.

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Re: Home Theater Shack 2015 High-End Amplifier Evaluation Event Reporting and Discussion Thread

Relative to Audyssey and Dirac Live and other room correction technologies, we have had some interesting discussion about the calibration mic pattern and the focus on sound quality at the MLP vs other seats.
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