With COVID and social distancing restrictions, we’re more reliant on feedback from our beta testers, other trusted individuals, and of course our customers through our 30-day approval program for our cable designs. The results have been encouraging, and there have been a few “anticipated surprises” along the way. Is there such a thing as an …
Time for a musical performance and a brief rant. In the early days, hi-fi writers would talk about “goosebump experiences” … the hair standing up on the back of their neck. This performance by Sarah Rogo captures it better than I can write, and I’ll let her do most of the talking.
Sean Carroll holds the Richard Feynman chair in physics at CalTech , and hosts a multi-disciplinary podcast named “Mindscape”. In this episode, he interviews two jazz musicians who have been exploring the neuroscience of music and creativity – both from the perspective of the performer as well as the listener.
As we all work through adapting to new social norms during this period, I got to thinking about how our expressions are masked by our … masks. My thoughts shifted to how we pick up visual and aural cues in general, and specifically with respect to music and hi-fi.
I was viewing an instructional video on developing guitar soloing techniques, and was struck by the parallels to audio design. In both pursuits, there’s a danger of trying to impress instead of focusing on fundamentals.
Steve Guttenberg interviewed one of my customers (Mark) who is a location sound engineer. My customers are some of the smartest and happiest people. Mark discusses his job, how it relates to his audio hobby, his system (including his hybrid Galibier turntable), and his generally happy approach to both life and his hi-fi.
But I like it (with apologies to the Rolling Stones) … We just returned from tuning a customer’s system – a visit which brought up the age-old discussion about the validity of dialing in your system with rock music.
We sold a customer some late stage prototype, Wind River speaker cables. He loved them, and asked us about our design approach and how we arrived at our current production cables. So here you go … 15 months’ development summarized in a few paragraphs.
In the second post in this series, I alluded to system issues that can fool you into thinking you have a setup problem with your turntable. I’ll cover a few of these situations in this post.
A few days ago, I wrote about musicans’ risk taking and how we make similar decisions when configuring and setting up our hi-fi systems. In this post I’d like to comment on some misunderstood setup parameters, and in the next one, I’ll cover system configuration. As I wrote earlier, I’m all about dynamics, tone color, …