The Alan Parsons Project.
i think one of the band member is a sound engineer...
Yes alan parson worked on the dark side of the moon
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The sound quality of Alan Parsons music is first class (even though their musical style isn't to everyones taste). He's also released a DVD set to help educate people on how to record, mix and master music for the best possible sound quality. Clicky
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And jazz to, even 50 year old jazz blows away many modern recordings.
Recordings in the old days where better, they didn't have all those electronic stuff we have today, back then they "listen" to the music when they where recording and mixing, and using there knowledge about placement of the speakers,microphones and other basic of acoustics, today if something is wrong with the recording, they use pc's,compressors and other electronic stuff they basically don't need... to adjust the sound with,on some records all sounds, sounds as if they are equally high(loud) which gives alot of fatigue because all sounds are loud all the time.
Some musicians, recording engeneers don't know how good music sounds, in a video i so on youtube a guy talking about a classic record (rock) sitting by the mixer he talked about how they recorded it, then george martin (the beatles) came in and sat at the mixer and also talked about the record and he adjusted the sound a bit and the first guy said wauw it sound good, like he has adjusted it ok so we could hear the music, but the comes an elderly man (might not have perfect hearing), he just used hes ears and experience and made the music sound much better in a matter of a few sec
Good music and good sound are two different elements.
Marriage of the two creates sonic bliss.
Whenever I still feel excited before turning on my system and play my music IMO thats good music and good sound
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Bought the Qed Original speaker cable beacuse it has gotten good reviews and was affordable, but i think it's not the best for my system because of the upper midrange being sometimes a bit soft, less open,just a bit to laid back,slightly damped(1-2 db to low with the Qed cable?), it's not like i want it to be agressive, intrusive at all, just a bit less discret
I can agree with some of your comments.
How do you know its your cable that is at fault rather than the amp/speakers?
In Denmark where i live we have a shop called hifi klubben (hifi club) where many buy there hifi products like nad, denon, cambridge,dali,B&W Cervin Vegas,ClasseAudio and brands like VDH and Qed. On there page for the Qed Original they wrote (translated 100% with google translate) The sound of the Original is warm and full-bodied, with a round top and a rich bass. It is therefore suitable for systems with a tendency to sound a bit bright and sharp, for example compact systems with small tripod speakers. So i thought i would try them for another set of speaker i had, but returned them and the amplifier before i got the Qed cable, then i got the dali's and the denon reciver and still wanted to try the affordable Qed originals, don't like a bright and sharp top (have also read some one using the Qed cable for a to bright sound system http://www.audioreview.com/cat/cables/speaker-cables/qed/qudos/prd_116576_1584crx.aspx the ccommment from januar 15, the Qed Qudos is surpose to be Original before the where called original) .
Can't say anything negative about the bas in generally other then it's precise and very good with moderne electronic music(4 stars), the top is not round, it has som sparkle as many have described the zensor 1's to have, but still comfortable to listen to, often a tweeter is to bright, can sound more bright if the bass is weak or slim (even if the tweeter level is neutral), with the dalis it's good concidering a bit more bass will suit the often sparkeling tweeter(5 stars) Midrange is also aproved with 5 stars BUT i feel that the upper midrange could be a bit more open or more power full,mabye 1-2 db, NOT a more agressive sound, some rock singers and females like celion dion and whitney houston can at times sound just a bit to soft, but the are loud, clear and can really reach high notes .
I haven't actually found a review of the Qed Original speaker cable where an expert talk about how the sound is, so it's only my personally opinion that i feel i sometimes am missing something in the upper midrange.Considering the cable are warm sounding cables and good for bright and harsh speakers they may be less perfect for my speakers.
I have also seen many talk about Chord's Company carnival sliver screen as an alternative or even an upgrade to the Qed Original, not shure if it will be better
My dalis are not angled towards me, which is what dali recomends, if i do that the tweeter get's more neutral
I have a Denon DRA-F109 (lots of power and denon is one of the best at making small affordable hifi systems), an optical cable from my motherboard to the reciver, Qed Original speaker cable to my Dali zensor 1, great litte speakers, using them on my desktop, so i am listening to them as near field speakers...
I now wait impatiently for my IsoAcoustic iso l8r 155 speaker stands, other then that i only think sometimes the upper midrange is a bit to soft or less open, but most of the time the upper midrange is very good, i think it's because of the Qed speaker cable (so an affordable alternative to Qed original would be appreciated, so i know what to buy instead of the Qed i have, if i deside to get som new speaker cable)
What do you think is good music/sound?
My advice would be patience.
Wait for the IsoAcoustics stands to arrive as they may well solve the upper midrange problem you're experiencing.
Or to put it another way, those stands have a (far) greater chance of affecting the output of your speakers (being positioned as they are) than a change of speaker cable.
While you wait, here's two YouTube vids that might interest you (make sure to use headphones when listening):
PS: Is wall-mounting (on extended, adjustable brackets) not an option?
This would remove the need to isolate the speakers from the desktop and give you flexible positioning options (raised to ear height and toed-in).
I watched the 1st youtube link, 2nd does not seem to be there anymore, the sound improved but the treble sounded harsher to me, so wait until you get the stands and then play around with positioning, sitting so close toe-ing in may well help. Speakers cables don't make a big difference IMHO. Borrow some from your hifi dealer and see what difference they make.
Booth link work fine for me and i have of course seen,heard them(only on youtube).
I think they are one of the best stand and if i get higher speakers i can just use the 3" hight.
I have wanted them for a long time mabye 6 months or more.
I can't mount it on the wall
Yes 2nd link does work now.
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." - Bob Marley
Enjoy the music!
Yes Exodus is meant to be pretty good sound wise.
Very good, the first track on the album called 'Natural Mystic' is a peach!
Yes thats true. I bought Exodus instead of his Best of.
Who is the singer on the first link, can't remember who it is?
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