There are some excellent magazines still available, such as Stereophile, which concentrate on sound and back up their findings with tests. No AV, though.
Stereophile is also dirt cheap if you get the digital edition.
But now we get AV amps being grilled for not having Bluetooth/Spotify/WIFI/control apps, or TVs not having Lovefilm/Netflix/BBC iPlayer/Facebook, or CD players not not acting as DACs for ipods.
None of this junk adds to the quality of reproduction achieved (sends it barreling the other way!). Plus these features like low quality streaming (spotify, iplayer etc) are handled much better on a something with decent computing grunt to keep the UI slick anyway.
Seeing as Spotify streams at 320kbps then it's hardly low quality. iPlayer streams in HD, likewise Netflix which not only streams in HD but is my main viewing source these days; Blu-Ray is pretty much an afterthought for me and I have more SACDs than Blu-Ray discs. The Spotify, Netflix and iPlayer interfaces all work fine on my ATV3 or Sony TV and plays back with excellent results for 99% of the time.
People source their entertainment from many different sources today and multiple boxes stacking up loses its appeal for many. Separate integrated, or a pre/power, then a DAC....no thanks.
Thankfully, I made the choice and ditched integrateds a couple of years ago. Haven't looked back and quality wasn't sacrificed.
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But then there's the dual concentric 15" Tannoys...
Not the brand per se (I've owned them myself if you recall), more the 15" drivers...
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So, you can't simply tell what's being discussed just by reading the discussion, you need it labelled? I don't think anyone else has that difficulty. At least I've certainly never noticed.
Well I have, many times.
For example, I mention something that I think is important in hi-fi terms and get told that it doesn't matter one jot as long as the owner likes it.
Whilst personal preference is a perfectly acceptable way to choose an enjoyable (to the user) music playing system, it is not sufficiant to select a hi-fidelity playback system. I think this is self evident but others do not, simply because the words 'hi-fi system' means something very different to me than it does to them.
Just one simple example.
I think we can achieve high fidelity very easily these days. Certainly way easier today than it was not so long ago now. Performance, through technology advances deliver us that high fidelity. Picking up an iPod Touch, sticking 20Gbs worth of WAV files on it and some half-decent headphones and you're away. A FLAC file on a USB stick through the Onkyo and it's terrific. The sound quality is all there.
Most of the battle is in the mastering and originaly recording; thereafter the notion that one had to, or still has to, spend a small fortune to get high quality playback is an utter fallacy.
Bring back Cerwin Vega! I say.
I agree, but from a slightly different angle. Gone are the days where you got a source (TT was a bit of a faff), amp, speakers and a couple of leads, and away you went.
Now amps and streamers are virtual computers that boot up, jam, crash and need umpteen firmware updates to fix problems and keep them up to date. Streaming from a NAS requires networking skills and if your internet drops out when ripping a CD, you lose the metadata.
In HT, just when you've heavily invested, technology changes and your kit is now out of date, as the new tech is not retrofittable. If I wanted to go 3D (which luckily I don't), my TV and Blu-Ray would have to go (my amp can have a 3D board fitted, which used to cost something like £500 or so). When the next high resolution fad comes to fruition, it'll be all change again (for some).
I'm an old, grumpy Luddite, so pay no heed.
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Tannoy are still using 15" DCs (if you have £5K or more for a new pair*).
What's wrong with them? (Assuming you have the space to give them a good airing?)
*Odd how the Glenair 15 with the grille on seems to have developed another driver whereas the nekked Glenair only has one...
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We can, but in my experience, we mostly don't.
I don't want to get into the capabilities of specific systems but most do not really do it for me. Occassionally I come across simple systems of relatively modest cost that do pretty well, well selected and carefully set up they can really work very, very well.
There is a difference though, some more sophisticated systems really can bring insight and enjoyment beyond the norm and I do find that it makes an enormous difference, to me anyway.
I am aware that others see things differently, but we are told, on this very forum, to trust in what we hear and this is what I hear.
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.
That's fine for you Dave, as you see it. I'd believe differently. I guess mostly as I hear it day in, day out. System cost below? Just under £2000 at full RRP. Hi Fi is full of opinions, but fidelity to the original recording is way easier today than ever it was. And significantly less hassle too. I've got the lot going through the 818, I've bi-amped my speakers and while the Onkyo isn't the last word in compact design, the sound quality it delivers is well up there.
Rather like Jimmy Hughes who used a Denon DVD3930 for his day to day listening (another great machine - I have one), gear like the 818 (and others like it) clearly show that high fidelity isn't a distant consideration for manufacturers.
IME. The more you get out and listen to as big a variety of stuff as possible, the more faith you can put in what you are hearing....but what do I know.
It was a big red something, certainly
I'm not really sure there was ever such a thing as no-nonsense Hi-Fi. Getting the best sound has always required a degree of messing about, trialling this, setting things up, tweaking things etc. In some ways getting better sound is perhaps the easiest it has ever been and certainly accessibility of music is very much better.
WHFS&V is a mainstream magazine and has to be targeted at man-in-the-street to a certain extent. I see no problem with that and, although I still buy and read Hi-Fi Choice as a more focused hi-fi mag, I very much enjoy looking through WHFS&V and reading the bits that are interesting to me.
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