The lowest frequencies in audio call for massive amounts of air to be moved by the woofer drive units. In other words air displacement. The area of the driver times the linear excursion. A woofer with a 15” diameter and a throw of 0.25 inches (one way) is going to move a total of 44 cubic inches of air. A 10” diameter woofer with a throw of 0.6 inches (one way) is going to move about 47 cubic inches of air. The area times excursion will give us the displacement figure. In other words, the diameter of the drive unit only tells half the story.Read More
The subjective reviews of high end audio equipment have reached new lows.
A couple of years ago an e-mail tumbled in from an online review site.The feature story was a floor standing speaker 36 inches tall, rather skinny with a 5 inch woofer and 1 inch dome tweeter. The usual ham nʼ eggs sort of review, silky highs, authoritative lows, crisp midrange etc. The dimensions were given as well as a $2200 a pair price tag. Something was conspicuous in its absence.
“With Rings On Her Fingers And Bells On Her Toes, She Shall Have Music Wherever She Goes...
....and thatʼs problem. She canʼt escape it! We are swamped with sound in restaurants, elevators, and shopping malls and now on our phones. The continual din has numbed the senses. Cast your mind back to 1790. In the days of Haydn and Mozart the loudest sounds would be the rattle of cart wheels. Contrasting that with the sound of a symphony would be delightful. The dynamic swings would be glorious indeed. The compressed recordings of to-day have none of the quiet passages to contrast with the loud ones. The sparrows are now as loud as the cannons.Read More
Believe it or not you can buy speaker cables for the same amount as a brand new automobile. How about 2 brand new cars? Not enough? OK. You can spend enough on speaker cables to purchase 3 brand new vehicles. *
Indeed, you can purchase a lovely 10 foot pair of speaker cables for the princely sum of $46,000. (US)
The Sultan of Brunei would gag.
One of these things is not like the others.
Morrison Audio model 19.1 baffles waiting for final assembly.
A friend of mine belongs to a scuba diving club. The lads ply the depths of the lakes in southern Ontario around sunken wrecks and other submerged items. As you can imagine this hobby can be very dangerous. Club members report any info via their diving site. All reports must be objective with as much detail as possible and are signed by the persons real name and phone number for clarification. Lives are at stake here.Read More
If you've ever wondered about the authenticity of "modern" symphonic performances, here is a clue as to what has gone wrong. The earlier composer's have not been served well. They often performed in much smaller spaces after rounding up the requisite number of players in the local taverns. With modern venues such as Carnegie Hall there is no way to cover the costs other than filling the place with huge works.Read More
Canadian music lovers fondly remember Bob Kerr's afternoon radio show Off The Record on CBC. He provided us with a vast array of titles and running commentary including an almost weekly tirade on the liner notes of CD's. "How the hell can anyone possibly read such tiny print with blue type on a black background!"Read More
I get a chuckle out of audiophiles. They pick up all the buzz words from each other and those words and phrases get etched in the audiophile jargon. Pace, rhythm and timing (I'm not making this up) is a biggie. It is purported that a particular piece of equipment possesses an ability to: "have good P.R.A.T."Read More
We told you it's a mirror-like high gloss finish.
The terms depth, image, soundstage etc. are bandied about in describing a systems ability (or inability) to recreate a reasonable facsimile of musicians playing their instruments in your listening room. Another way of describing this illusion is to say that the speakers "disappear" sonically. In order to recreate this illusion there are a few simple rules.Read More