bipod72

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When Was The Audio Golden Age?
Recordings were crystal clear. Folks sat around and listened together. Music was awesome. Small market recordings beg to differ on being crystal clear. I have some 50s and 60s jazz and blues recordings from local New Orleans labels and the SQ i... 
When Was The Audio Golden Age?
When a depressingly high number of people think they’re “listening to music” on a f**king cell phone speaker the size of an M&M, or think, “ok, now I’m really listening to music when I stream data over the internet through a Bluetooth speaker... 
Record Store Day 2024?
The sad reality for many music fans is that, in my opinion, these very limited pressings are less about celebrating the music and more so about driving up the price. And I'm sure many of these will end up on secondary markets like Discogs at even ... 
Music first or sound first?
Growing up, my parents owned a small, indie record store in Denver back in the late 70s and early 80s. It's where I not only was exposed to my parents' taste in music that ran the gamut from the delta blues, R&B, soul, jazz, rock, zydeco, swam... 
If you have a nice system why do you really need room treatments?
I can't really determine if you're making this blanket statement with sincerity or there's a level of trolling. If it's the former, I can't really take your opinion seriously if you think room acoustics have zero effect on the sound quality of a "... 
Noob question about streaming . . .
Marantz AVR user here. I use mine as a pre-amp and stream Spotify and Radio Paradise via HEOS as well. I bought the Cambridge CXN V2 a year ago to see if it would be an improvement over the Marantz DAC. It has better detailing and sound stage when... 
15k for streamer and dac....how much on each?
If I were swapping equipment in and out frequently, I wouldn't spend top dollar for something that isn't going to stay long-term. You could probably try out some of the newer all-in-one DAC/Streamer combos out there for not a huge investment to se... 
Which external SSD for music streaming?
What kind of USB protocol does your streamer use? Is it 2.0 or 3.0 or 3.2? I would confirm what USB protocol the streamer uses and check that against the SSD drive you intend to buy. I made the mistake of buying a Samsung external SSD that uses t... 
Are You a Swifty?
I'll only say I'm forced to listen to her in the car when my daughter asks to play her Spotify list. But it's a limited selection of Swift songs. The song structure is typical of 90% of the pop music out there. And while her musical catalog has ma... 
Brand New Vinyl Static and Pops
I would double-check that the stylus connection wires are properly seated and the stylus alignment is correct. The cartridge should have specs indicating what to set the anti-skate to. The blue might require a higher anti-skate setting. If everyth... 
Are your record surfaces as silent as CDs?
@tomcy6 You may not have noticed, but digital streaming is now making up about 85% of record company revenues. That may have something to do with the decline of cd sales. CD sales in the US market actually had an uptick in 22 and 23 compared to... 
Are your record surfaces as silent as CDs?
I have found some older first-pressing vinyl albums that are dead quiet in  my collection. Especially after a good cleaning. Taking care of them for decades helps and the fact that I was doing a lot of digital listening compared to vinyl the last ... 
Clean power and it's affect on sound quality
@garebear No jokes are allowed on Audiogon as we all know. Only serious discussions are allowed. And as a few others have pointed out, burning in power and speaker cables have audible improvements so it stands to reason that your older home's copp... 
Clean power and it's affect on sound quality
@vitussl101 Since it is my 52 birthday this weekend, I may opt for a decent bottle of bourbon for some old fashioneds but a 10yo Scotch can always tempt me for late-night listening sessions to soothe my soul.   
Differences in YouTube, Spotify, etc.
I use Spotify Premium for quite a bit of my streaming. Even though it’s lossy and here are the reasons why. Ease of use, I can have my entire family on 1 account with different profiles so everyone can listen to what they want for $16/month across...