Yes mate, you are spot on.
I think I'm addicted to detail, the pursuit of pulling more from a disc, the way different equipment presents the ebb and flow and structures the music. But detail and musicality don't always come as a package do they? I was listening to The Stranglers- Rattus Norvegicus album yesterday and I heard little bits and bobs I'd never heard, and was grinning like an idiot. One of my favourite albums just got a little bit better. So I would say I'm pretty happy right now, and I can't really ask for more than that
You should watch Ethan Winer's audio myths talk on Youtube. It's very interesting and explains how we hear music. Helps to explain what you experienced with regard hearing things you hadn't noticed before.
Going back to the original post, I really don't like the Ruark's design. I would definitely opt for the A8 or A9, the latter is extremely powerful for what appears to be an elegant piece of furniture.
Its a good point. I still buy music, just new old music not new new music - if you see what I mean.
In the loudness wars, I am definitely a casualty.
well fingers crossed that the record companies are starting to listen to people about the stupid loudness mastering they do, it's not good for anybody and quite frankly, sucks big ones!
I've posted this before, but hopefully the following link contains some info about a loudness standard being implemented for radio which might lead to an end to the 'loudness wars'. Fingers crossed anyway. Clicky
Not much support for it, only 1,600 since last Nov.
I was referring to the first reply from Hugh Robjohns. The op of that thread is barking up the wrong tree, imo, and with numbers like that the record industry aren't going to take a blind bit of notice. The only hope is that a loudness standard being imposed on them will lead to a change.
Synology NAS + ATV2 > ADM9RS
Recently I have been working through a series of albums 'Live at Billy Bob's Texas' and for those occasions when bar room rock and roll does not quite hit the spot I go for some Art Pepper, live at Ronnie Scott's, a venue I know well.
Art Pepper is on eof my favourites. But my favourite live jazz album is Shelley Manne at the Blackhawk Vol 1-5. Quite an old recording.
I take my music recommendations where I find them, the Art Pepper stuff comes from a detective friend of mine, Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch.
Not the finest recording I have heard but not bad, the 'feel' is tremendous as is some of the playing.
Spotify list 'the Blackhawk Dates' vol 1-4, is that the stuff? I'll give it a go.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Yes thats the one I think. Vol. 2 is my fav.
I take it the Art Pepper is Blues for the Fisherman? If so its meant to be a good recording, done by Mole Jazz.
Another good live jazz album is Bill Evans Waltz for Debby..
Following on from a comment earlier I do have a theory that once you have heard a piece of music on a decent system a few times, then playing it later in the car/van/whatever your brain fills the missing bits in, though eventually you do need a refresh - I have no proof of this but I do believe it.
Another problem is I know huge swathes of detail that I can remember are missing from tracks I listened to on my fathers decent system 40 years ago due to working in a very noisy environment for some time, by the time you can get a couple of half decent systems you are too deaf to hear them at their best.
didn't we all have more fun in our first car than our latest top of the range, SE spec'd whatever? hmmm....
(I spend all day listening to tunes on a pair of tiny logitech speakers plugged straight into the macbook)
Enjoy the music!
Just played the Shelly Manne Blackhawk Dates Vol 1 while pottering around. Initial impressions are that it is a little 'lounge' for my current tastes.
I am pretty new to 'classic' jazz and I am currently listening mostly to be-bop and 'hard-bop', so you can probably see why. Won't be forgotten though, will be revisited as my taste broadens ( hopefully) .
Any takers for the 'live at Billy Bob's Texas' recommendation I made earlier, or is country music verboten on here?
Any particular artist you could recommend, Dave? There's some 45 of them on Spotify...
EDIT: I just started with Billy Joe Shaver. Never heard of him, but nice! I'll take them one at a time. Thanks for the tip!
Certainly not lounge, more bebop than hard bop.
Despite the recommendations I am really not a country music fan, mainstream 'country and western' makes me want to vomit but I have spend enough time in American bar rooms to really enjoy a bit of southern rock and roll.
Try No Justice and for a bit of fun Cross Canadian Ragweed, play loud if you can and have a long necked bottle of beer to hand.
I rather like the old 'outlaw' artists like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard too, but that is a more 'acquired' taste.
Whatever you call it, it is a little 'laid back', for my taste at this time, then that is not exactly a surprise given my general preferences in rock and now jazz.
tThanks for the recommendation though, will certainly give it more of a go.
Have a go at these albums.....
Soul Station by Hank Mobely
Straight, No Chaser by Thelonious Monk
The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
Thanks, I have Soul Station its very good. I have heard the other 2 but not really my cup of tea.
Try Cannonbal Adderley - Somethin' Else
Wynton MArsalis - Black Codes.
Love Marsallis! His album 'Hot House Flowers' is one of my favourite albums of all time. Will check these out.
NIce album but Black Codes is a lot different. If you like 'Hot House Flowers' you may like Joshua Redman's - Walking Shadows?
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