[mythtv-users] Speaker Suggestions ???
R. G. Newbury
newbury at mandamus.org
Wed Jun 7 14:03:01 UTC 2006
Brian Wood wrote:
>> Well, I would not trust anyone who thinks that Bose speakers are any
>> good for real high-fi.
> I think most folks missed the intended sarcasm when I spoke of Bose,
> I am aware they are more marketing than engineering these days.
Ahh, you forgot to write that in font <sarcastic>!
>> If you are going to go listen to some speakers,
>> take your own CD of something you know really well and know how it
>> should sound. Better yet if you have a friend with a good system,
>> to it there too, before going shopping. Arrange for a quiet time: you
>> cannot choose speakers with a hockey game going on on the 50" plasma
>> screen behind you. My choice would be something like Alfred Brendal
>> playing Mozart piano concertos with Sir Neville Mariner on a Phillips
>> DDD CD: very well balanced and mixed. Any fault in the speakers or amp
>> will show up, instantly. Yo-Yo Ma doing the first cello concerto and
>> anyone doing the clarinet concerto in D will expose any errors in a
> Ah Ha - a *real* music lover !
> For checking out low-frequency response, I have a recording of E.
> Power Biggs playing the Flentrop Organ at the Busch-Reisinger Museum,
> and several others made on the Aeolian-Skinner at St. Bartholemew's
> in NYC (a 198 rank instrument).
> I had the honor of turning pages for Mr. Biggs long ago, as he and my
> father were aquainted. This was of course before his untimely death.
I have a few recordings of Biggs. The real problem with organ music is
that you can never be sure what that particular organ *should* sound
like. Although for checking *if* a system can adequately produce some
output, an organ recording will do, in default of plugging in a sine
>> If you have multi-channel decoding problems, check out the forums at
>> stevehoffman.tv for assistance like here at mythtv-users. If you don't
>> mind going to the cheaper end, you can buy 5.1 and 7.1 components on
>> eBay for $200 which will likely be quite adequate for most TV (but may
>> not make it for a 'Live From Lincoln Centre' PBS HD broadcast.)
> I have sat in the Efanel truck for more than one of those productions
> (well, not the HD part), but that was years ago, when digital was a
> new-fangled watch and the Scully 100s ruled the world.
> The Philharmonic is good, but I happen to think that Jimmy Levine's
> little outfit is better, especially now that they play independently
> some times.
> Much thanks for the advice, for a group that almost never mentions
> audio there seem to be some experts here.
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