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Do you think Art Dudley would approve of this system? Art's a friend and I think he would find joy in the care and set up (and owner's passion) of this Wilson based system.
What would your dream system be?
Further proof of the correlation between money spent on a system and a desire to listen to female "jazz" singers. Just once, please, can one of these guys slap on "Some Girls"?
Hey Peter, in my total focus on the descriptions and visualisness of the system and room, I totally neglected to say that you did a nice job of covering the topic. Kudos on that!
I'd only suggest that, as a 'reporter', you should ask at least a couple of tough questions. It was pretty soft and kissy-kissy. 'Course, it's hard to be critical when you're in one's home - well, unless you're Katy Couric or Andrea Michell interviewing a conservative.
It might have nice to tangentially address the aspect of wealth, given that it's a hot topic for everyone these days.
contents of their main refrigerator next time.
This is my favorite portion of Cribs, even though I realize that the fridge segments are often staged.
It might also help the owners to loosen up a bit (shoot the fridge first, then edit it in later).
What a boring waste of precious time video.
and the sound room, lounge etc would have side, top and 'front' wall surrounded by soil/rock, at least. It would expand from front to rear in height and width, with some ELF peak tube-trapping, absorption and diffusion as well. Floor to remain level.
Bass? Either two bass horns (room-gain matched) which would be built in to the ground and emerge under the main front array OR distributed
room-gain-matched subs with adjusted delays to sum at listening seats.
Main front array (pair or three) of largish 'foamed-concrete' spheres with B&W style sealed-end labyrinth / tails out their backs turned from timber, inner surfaces covered in treated long-fibre wool over Deflex or BlackHole cut in strips of formed by them to special order to fit inner curves. Each FRange source's acoustic centre at listener ear height. Timber baffles made of birch-ply but with NICE thick outer veneer of Aussie hardwood CNC'd to fit without gaps. OR nice smooth leather over flat Deflex or Black-hole / thick flat long-life foam.
Use Manger drivers. Possibly several Mangers in a Bessel array on the front if it was a BIG room. Don't think I'd bother with a third central bass-horn.
Crossover? 120Hz to free the Manger or Mangers from excursion, but still covering all human voices. Steep as necessary.
IF soundfield / Ambiosonics? Gerzon ever took off add top - bottom pair / pairs also retimed.
Rears would be matching spheres, and could be fed by Left-Right / R-L differentially delayed signals to get comb-filter diffusion. OR by rear channels from SACD.
Needs absolute polarity switching at spkr level, Master and rear level control at seat, bass too? For all six amplifier channels (more if use dist'd subs.)
Delay/phase matching for distances from two-person sweet spot. Four-person if possible.
Needs a really high-end ADC to feed analogue into DSP box (& more for rears.) Audyssey or our own Aussie DSP mob or better.
LBNL I'd have to hear Silbatone's diffusers or Manger's own, on Mangers after I'd owned them a while. Then I - might - get them.
Keep making live acoustic recordings, and buy a Calrec Soundfield recording set-up now that price is not an issue.
Beforehand? Obtain a Trinaural box and live with it. Then decide. Possibly see if anyone will add Trinaural to their DSP / surround chips.
Note that a post in response is preferred.
The Skyptical Mensurer and Audio Scrounger
And gladly would he learn and gladly teach - Chaucer. ;-)!
'Still not saluting.'
...certainly one of the most expensive.
Cost does not always equal greatness.
But sometimes, it helps.
would have love to seen the house built around it!
I think it's great seeing these 'ultra-highend' systems, many of us can benefit from the trickle down effect of ideas regardless of the amount of money we chose to spend.
may the bridges I burn light the way...
Now that is what I'm talking about! Live acoustic music (i.e., the absolute sound).
Central Fest is on Saturday, August 25th, and you're invited!
LIBERTY ONCE LOST,
IS LOST FOREVER
...enjoyable to see such systems...
At least the Walker equipment is great. I would question the racks, tube traps, vibration isolation, and the length of cabling needed to allow the impressive number of equipment racks. But the proof is in the listening. I'm told this is an excellent sounding system.
As you are Art's friend, you should have the pull with him to have his Sony CD player modified by one of the Wright brothers ;).
Love your videos.
I've been waiting for the new batch, which has been advertised as "Season Two Reviews begin in July". Mike's system will have to tide me over.
We started the season two reviews on July 30th... first up (was) is Pass Labs. Also, the Capital Audiofest has had three broadcasts, the featured videos/awards, series one and series two. Buzy bees :)
What I thought would happen would be the image would turn into a hyperlink when the review was done. There are 10 images there and I kept checking.
I'll note this on the coming soon image... to check above for the review. Thanks.
I'd take the Tenor's but pass on the rest.
That system did bring back some memories, the cable and elevator's reminded me of a train set I had when I was a kid.
Only heard it in a diminished state but feel confident it is what I would like to live with.
There are bigger systems in bigger rooms but this is the most refined system I have ever experienced and wish I could hear it now that it is much more "worked out".
A thing of beauty to the eye and ear according to my sensibilities.
That's someone I would be curious to see in private - in the sense, how much of his grotesque Internet personality translates in everyday life.
This is the best:
And my son is singing there tonight!
"Do you think Art Dudley would approve of this system? Art's a friend and I think he would find joy in the care and set up (and owner's passion) of this Wilson based system."
If he's truly your friend ask him. Then you could do a ART loves me...err, it type post.
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