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In Reply to: RE: RIP Peter Aczel posted by Bob Rex on June 25, 2017 at 06:52:31
his "Ten Biggest Lies" article.
I hadn't laughed that hard in quite a while!
That was one of his best and funniest, but there are lots more gems of humor and enlightenment. If I run across a copy of his rag, real or virtual, that I haven't read, I grab it. The guy was a comedic genius! It's even funnier because he's trying or pretending to be serious. Pat Paulsen comes to mind, or Steven Wright. Funny stuff...knee slapping.
Say what you will about the guy, that was a FUN read! He's a good writer.
"If you are the owner of a new stereophonic system, this record will play with even more brilliant true-to-life fidelity. In short, you can purchase this record with no fear of its becoming obsolete in the future."
You prefer Aczel's plain writing style to, for instance, the soaring prose of Jacob Heilbrunn? "The improvement rendered by the [Transparent Reference XL Digital Link] was not subtle or minor or difficult to detect [but] proved to be one of the most flabbergasting experiences I have ever had in the high end. The Reference line did not improve the sound [of the dCs Vivaldi]; it took it into another realm ... [it] makes an immense improvement by banishing any lingering digital artifacts, opening up the treble, sending the bass plunging down another octave, fleshing out the midbass, and noticeably increasing the articulation and weight of instruments and voice." (One of the commentators expressed skepticism that Heilbrunn could hear another octave underneath the frequency response claimed by dCS, down to 10Hz plus or minus .5db, but nevermind.)
And Aczel talks about double-blind listening tests, while the reputed critics dismiss them, because how could anyone detect immense improvements and flabbergasting experiences without long term listening sessions with familiar gear?
And where are the formulaic phrases that the reader expects in audio text? The dropped jaws? The blown off socks?
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