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Offline Ben

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Re: Subscribers, speak your peace
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2008, 01:21:43 PM »
I agree with the idea that the real improvement is better speakers
since the 80's and the idea the whole system needs to be at the same
level of quality. I would have to say one must spend a few grand
to get a basic system most people I know don't spend that much.
I expect with careful shopping you can pay about $1.5K for preamp
and amp, $2K for speakers and $2k for your music source. I know
with something like the TTP my source will get better over time
as upgrade my equipment.  I suspect the same is not true for CD's
or SACD's who's mastering seems to leave much to be desired.
I know with the one 7 1/2 ebay tape I have, music is sounding far better than
the CD's I have in general. CD's sound sharper to me and am now
guessing that is the way the music is colored on them. The sound
stage seems wider however with tape for me as I am guessing
you hear more of the stereo clues in the music. I can't say if tape
is better than vinyl but it does so far seem better than CD's.

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Re: Subscribers, speak your peace
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2008, 07:03:50 PM »
Fantastic discussion guys! There are some amazing systems that are in the possession of some of the members here. And, I suspect, some systems which are also very impressive in light of the modest budgets that it took to put them together. Whichever category yours falls in, harnessing the potential of the individual components to make them all speak with one voice requires a great deal of time and patience.
In most cases, learning to get the most from whatever tape machine you have and realizing the potential of the Tape Project releases will also take each of us some time. I'll keep doing my best to help novices to get up and running as quickly as possible but be patient with yourselves. There really is a lot to learn and some things can only be learned by doing.
On another note, we should also be aware that there are a number of members such as Charles (Stellavox), Rich (u47) and Marie who have tons of experience with reel to reel. I think that these members are important for taking our technical discussions to the next level. I just hope that they'll stick around long enough.
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