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Old 01-05-2018, 04:30 PM
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We cleaned up the Christmas decorations recently, so I was able to get my acoustic treatments back out. Really enjoying the sound quality again. I think it's nice in a way to have to go "backwards" in sound from time to time, so that I can appreciate all over again how good it is.

It's funny how a good system changes one's appreciation of music. There are some genres I hardly listened to at all before, but now I'll listen just because they sound so good! Plus, it sometimes changes the parts of songs that I like. Best example: I always thought the 30 second intro on "Sweet Emotion" was just a bunch of fairly interesting noise. Now it's my favorite part of the song!
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Magnepan do have a very cool "airy" sound. I might have to pick up some one day. Don't have a good spot for them now.
Neither do I, lol. For acoustic/strings/vocals, Maggies are really hard to beat. Even at 10x the price. Something about that dipole sound, perhaps, or maybe the massive surface area, I don't understand the 'why.'

They aren't the best for rock & roll, or movies, and they are pretty dynamic but not the best. But for certain tracks, they are pretty magical.

They also suffer severely from room interactions, so I need to get on that.
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I created a thread in NAT about being a bigger nerd than my wife. There I mentioned an awesome classical concert we went to. We had some of the absolute best seats in the house. I'm really glad we went for a number of reasons:

1) It was a fantastic performance
2) I figured out that my audio system is awfully close to the real thing.

The last few years, I've been dealing with constant ringing in one ear. And, unfortunately, it was particularly bad during the concert. Part of me was really miffed, because it marred an amazing listening experience. But then it hit me that this is yet another reason that I value having an audiophile listening setup: I can listen any time I want. When the ringing is particularly bad, I can choose to either wait until a better time for quiet listening, or I can blast the stereo to drown out the ringing.

Another benefit: I can tailor the sound to my tastes. I don't hear bass as well as I used to. During the concert, I kept thinking, "Why don't I hear the bass drum and tympani more? They sure look like they're playing them loud enough." But then I remembered: it's my hearing that's the problem.

After running room correction on my setup, I increased the bass in EQ and bumped my subwoofer a few decibels. Having that flexibility allows me to return the balance of sound quality to what I remember from my younger years, when my ears worked better. I have to do the same at the high end of the frequency response range. So I actually need a U-shaped equalizer curve to make the system sound "flat" to me.

My wife doesn't like how I tailor the sound. She'd prefer a far flatter frequency curve. But that's because her hearing is still quite good.

So now I'm sitting around listening, and appreciating my system even more.
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