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20 thoughts on “A Few Post CES 2016 Thoughts: The MoFi Room

  • January 10, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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    Anything coming on MQA?

    • January 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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      Yes, stay tuned. I’ll be writing some thoughts on my visit with MQA and Robert at the CES 2016 show…and was promised answers to my questions by the end of the month.

  • January 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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    Disappointed you haven’t mentioned the release of MQA. I would have thought you would have given a listen.

    • January 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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      I’m getting there…I’ve heard it several times. Stay tuned.

  • January 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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    Hi Mark,
    I find this all very distressing.
    Remember the days when people like you were actually appreciated and respected for your knowledge? A time when people were happy to learn and move “forward?” They were exciting times!
    Today, the consumer “must” be kept in the dark. Everything is dumbed down, including our audio. Everybody, including one Mr. Waldrep must be kept in his place and be ridiculed if he dares attempt to push the barriers.
    The bean counters rule….make no mistake.
    Mark, you may be fascinated to learn that “Adele’s” new album is sold on CD here in Australia for $20. The inferior vinyl edition is $45. The ONLY advantage of the vinyl edition is that you can read the cover.
    Many thanks for your efforts.

    • January 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm
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      How true and well said Warren. If you don’t march in close formation with the leaders of the cult they try their best to discredit you and to make you look foolish. I’ve been at this since the mid 60s but things are worse now than I’ve ever seen them. With each day the words of Peter Azcel become truer.

      The gullibility of audiophiles is what astonishes me the most, even after all these years. How is it possible, how did it ever happen, that they trust fairy-tale purveyors and mystic gurus more than reliable sources of scientific information? It wasn’t always so. Between the birth of “high fidelity,” circa 1947, and the early 1970s, what the engineers said was accepted by that generation of hi-fi enthusiasts as the truth. Then, as the ’70s decade grew older, the self-appointed experts without any scientific credentials started to crawl out of the woodwork. For a while they did not overpower the educated technologists but by the early ’80s they did, with the subjective “golden-ear” audio magazines as their chief line of communication. I remember pleading with some of the most brilliant academic and industrial brains in audio to fight against all the nonsense, to speak up loudly and brutally before the untutored drivel gets out of control, but they just laughed, dismissing the “flat-earthers” and “cultists” with a wave of the hand. Now look at them! Talk to the know-it-all young salesman in the high-end audio salon, read the catalogs of Audio Advisor, Music Direct, or any other high-end merchant, read any of the golden-ear audio magazines, check out the subjective audio websites—and weep. The witch doctors have taken over. Even so, all is not lost. You can still read Floyd Toole and Siegfried Linkwitz on loudspeakers, Douglas Self and Bob Cordell on amplifiers, David Rich (hometheaterhifi.com) on miscellaneous audio subjects, and a few others in that very sparsely populated club. (I am not including The Audio Critic, now that it has become almost silent.) Once you have breathed that atmosphere, you will have a pretty good idea what advice to igno

  • January 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm
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    Love those TAD CE-1 Speakers that they had in that room! 🙂

  • January 11, 2016 at 7:16 am
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    Hello,

    Was it 2015 or 2016 your visit ? :-))

  • January 11, 2016 at 10:44 am
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    “I own a few of MoFi albums”

    Didn’t you once say you don’t own a turntable? Anyhow all is not lost. LPs make great cake plates for gifting home made cakes.

    RCA CD4 quadraphonic vinyl of necessity had response to 40 kHz. However, it took a Shibata type stylus tracking at very low force to keep from wiping the outband signal for the rear channels off the record in a few plays let alone detect it for decoding. The higher the frequency the greater the acceleration and therefore stress on the vinyl. Once you reach its elastic limit, it’s gone, deformed for good. The other way is to just shear it off with an elliptical stylus at say a couple of grams. That should probably do it too. They say dogs can hear to 40 kHz. Bats, around 100 kHz. If you have a pet bat, I’m sure he’ll enjoy thinking he has company.

    • January 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm
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      I do not currently have a turntable…but the albums I have are Gold CDs.

      • January 12, 2016 at 10:24 am
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        Got a pet bat? No belfry should be without one.

        Just out of curiosity, why do audiophile sound systems have to look so damned ugly? In the old days they put them in nice custom built furniture that looked like they belonged in a home. Today they just stick them out in a room and make it look like an electronics laboratory? Even the equipment itself looks ugly. I don’t know if it’s really any better performing than in the old days but some of that vintage equipment was really nice to look at and use. Today, it’s all blah.

        • January 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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          I think the designers of high-end equipment do a pretty decent job with the look of their products. Although, it does get out of hand when form doesn’t follow function.

  • January 11, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    On the back of the 1970 cd version of the Dave Mason ‘Alone Together’ you can read this:

    ‘This compact disc contains program transferred from analog tape and therefore may contain some tape hiss and other anomalies that exist with analog recordings’.

    Different times then – the did not try to hide the backdraws of analog recording.

    • January 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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      I’m good with that. This is exactly what the industry needs…provenance and honesty.

  • January 12, 2016 at 11:29 am
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    I recall reading an article (perhaps in “Audio” Magazine – it was a long, long time ago) where there was some concern about the size of the vinyl molecules being close to the distance that a 20kHz signal would need, particularly on the inner grooves of an LP. So 122kHz would require some significant improvement in vinyl chemistry, not to mention a significant improvement in old analog tapes.

    • January 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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      You can say anything in a marketing piece.

  • January 16, 2016 at 5:31 am
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    So, based on your post comments about “Alone Together” by Dave Mason I had to get a copy to have a listen myself. Very nice, Amazon had it for $7.49 on Prime with free shipping!!! Not the MoFi version but still quite nostalgic in the sound. I knew the primary hits, but, songs like “World in Changes” I had not heard and enjoyed quite a bit!! The cover art available online sucked, so I scanned my own (that’s a common problem with all cover art I find).

    I have all the Dave Mason vinyl from 1974’s “Dave Mason” but nothing earlier. This was a great Saturday morning listen. Thanks.

    • January 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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      I absolutely love this record…the sound, the guitar solos, the tunes, the lyrics, and his vocals. Glad you got your hands on it. I recorded Dave doing a bunch of his tunes acoustically.

      • January 18, 2016 at 11:39 am
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        Mark,

        I have enjoyed this album a lot since I received it. I succumbed to the Roon fever as well in the past couple of weeks (my personal jury is still out on that software) and so read up all the info on this album via that program as well. Seems that by most accounts this disc represents Dave Mason at his finest, with the later efforts considered by many to not be as good.

        I have a lot of college memories to the later tunes, which I will stick with, but certainly am liking the harmonies, the layering of instruments and other high points of this album. Take care and thank you again for the mention of it in your post.

        • January 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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          Thanks Larry, the album is really fabulous. One of my personal favorites.

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