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  • #46
    Yes.... when I think how much I’ve spent on audio equipment.


    • Steve Lee
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      Isn't this the truth - and still spending . . . .

  • #47
    Music is one of the "fine" arts, and as such elicits lots of emotion.
    In the visual arts, a big hi-res pic looks better than a little pic, but seeing Mona Lisa is the ultimate.
    Dance usually embarrasses or skeeves me.
    I used to have a very good amp & pre. Now I have an even better setup. It is not like going to hear live chamber music, though.
    But I can make my wife cry way easier with the new, better, system.

    Last edited by littlebear; 11-14-2020, 02:28 PM.


    • #48
      Before she got sick


      • #49
        Johnny Cash cover of Hurt + the video packs quite the wallop in a dark abyss kind of way. Recording is decent except around the crescendo I sense some compression/possible clipping. But the imagery/context is the most powerful part to me; knowing a bit about his past.


        • #50
          I found this explanation video helpful in understanding my original question -->


          • #51
            Another really good explanation albeit more technical -->


            • #52
              Target frequency response curves for good sounding speakers/cross-over designs -->

              It isn't at all intuitive and the reason why there are so many speakers and designs available.


              • #53
                Excellent selection for the percussion and a good test for your mid-range speakers' abilities (low Le/responsiveness) along with a message for your mind and soul -->

                If we seek solace in the prisons of the distant past
                Security in human systems we're told will always always last
                Emotions are the sail and blind faith is the mast
                Without a breath of real freedom we're getting nowhere fast

                If God is dead and an actor plays his part
                His words of fear will find their way to a place in your heart
                Without the voice of reason every faith is its own curse
                Without freedom from the past things can only get worse

                Sooner or later

                Our written history is a catalogue of crime
                The sordid and the powerful, the architects of time
                The mother of invention, the oppression of the mild
                The constant fear of scarcity, aggression as its child

                Sooner or later

                Convince an enemy, convince him that he's wrong
                Is to win a bloodless battle where victory is long
                A simple act of faith
                In reason over might
                To blow up his children will only prove him right
                History will teach us nothing

                Sooner or later just like the worlds' first day
                Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away
                Sooner or later just like the worlds' first day
                Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away
                Sooner or later we learn to throw the past away

                History will teach us nothing
                History will teach us nothing

                Know your human rights
                Be what you come here for
                Sooner or later
                Last edited by Steve Lee; Yesterday, 10:51 PM. Reason: Edited for LOUT . . . . :D


                • #54
                  Look up the term Synesthesia. I'm not the crying type, but when I hear Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor (especially on a great audio system), I tear up every time. It's like a well inside that bursts out, and I can't control it. It doesn't even feel like I'm "crying" because it isn't brought on by sadness. The first time I listened to it on a clean sounding, beefy 5.1 system, I kind of sobbed.

                  Other songs have evoked similar responses from me, but that one takes the cake, and it is one of my favorite pieces of music. I'm a firm believer that beautiful music can evoke emotional responses from anyone if they are particularly stricken by a piece, but if it seems unexplainable, I chalk it up to a sensory thing.
                  RYAN N.

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                • #55
                  I think some songs hold so much emotion, it will always come through. But the better the system, the clearer the message, the easier to enter that world.
                  Leonard Cohen often makes me feel suicidal, but this song taps into all my best, melancholy memories of young hippie love....


                  "Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
                  You can hear the boats go by
                  You can spend the night beside her
                  And you know that she's half crazy
                  But that's why you want to be there
                  And she feeds you tea and oranges
                  That come all the way from China
                  And just when you mean to tell her
                  That you have no love to give her
                  Then she gets you on her wavelength
                  And she lets the river answer
                  That you've always been her lover
                  And you want to travel with her
                  And you want to travel blind
                  And you know that she will trust you
                  For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.
                  And Jesus was a sailor
                  When he walked upon the water
                  And he spent a long time watching
                  From his lonely wooden tower
                  And when he knew for certain
                  Only drowning men could see him
                  He said "All men will be sailors then
                  Until the sea shall free them"
                  But he himself was broken
                  Long before the sky would open
                  Forsaken, almost human
                  He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
                  And you want to travel with him
                  And you want to travel blind
                  And you think maybe you'll trust him
                  For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.

                  Now Suzanne takes your hand
                  And she leads you to the river
                  She is wearing rags and feathers
                  From Salvation Army counters
                  And the sun pours down like honey
                  On our lady of the harbour
                  And she shows you where to look
                  Among the garbage and the flowers
                  There are heroes in the seaweed
                  There are children in the morning
                  They are leaning out for love
                  And they will lean that way forever
                  While Suzanne holds the mirror
                  And you want to travel with her
                  And you want to travel blind
                  And you know that you can trust her
                  For she's touched your perfect body with her mind."




                  • Steve Lee
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                    Nice lyrics!

                • #56
                  Seeing a full composition of lyrics posted in vertically-long form instead of a link or maybe a condensed version bothers me more than it probably should.
                  Last edited by LOUT; Yesterday, 10:48 PM. Reason: hopefully a less accusing tone of voice...text.
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                  • Steve Lee
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                    I posted the lyrics so that those with crappy audio systems could understand how bad they actually are.
                    If you can't understand the words coming from your speakers the visual helps.

                • #57
                  But reading good poetry sometimes can.