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ARSCLIST June 2012

Subject:

Re: Seeking studio monitor comments

From:

Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 7 Jun 2012 06:40:05 -0400

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And I still do my time-shifting with TV using VHS tapes (I have four working machines and 50 new 
tapes stockpiled, so I should be able to continue this for another decade or so). And I have and 
enjoy hundreds of laserdiscs (although I've now given away all of my pre-recorded VHS tapes except 
those that never made it to LD or DVD). I know full well how much "sharper" and "brighter" HD TV is, 
in fact that's what comes down my cable (and then gets converted to channel 3 NTSC with a little box 
on each TV set and VCR), but I don't need to see the newscaster's caked makeup covering the age 
spots or the grass blades under the baseball. And I resent the constant frozen/pixellated pictures, 
jumps and pauses and near-constant lack of sync between sound and picture on some channels. Also, 
the local news stations have lower quality broadcasts than ever because they seem to have fired all 
humans in the studio and rely on robo-camera and distorted/often-failing "automated" audio. Not to 
mention the ultimate garbage-low-class move by the networks, using such things as Skype 
(blurry/frozen/jumpy picture and unintelligable audio) over national news broadcasts. Just because 
you CAN use a laptop camera or a cellphone camera doesn't mean you SHOULD on national TV.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 6:20 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Seeking studio monitor comments


> Hi Rod:
>
> I haven't had CRT computer monitors for years now, but I still have all CRT NTSC televisions.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Roderic G Stephens" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 11:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Seeking studio monitor comments
>
>
> Well, I DO still have a CRT monitor even sitting on top of my left three way speaker, but I put 
> tin foil underneath to cut down on the lack of color purity (discolored on the bottom), but 
> fortunately, I also have a flat screen I use for most of my feedback from one of my computers and 
> my online Yamaha tuner/amp (it goes online to stream FM channels). I'm even old tech in that I'm 
> writing this using a Sceptre 16" P73 monitor with this old XP computer, although I did just update 
> it to a full 2GB of memory.
> So, like Tom, I believe in keeping old technology running. I'm even eventually going to replace 
> the capacitors on my Teac tuner/amp that I replaced with my Yamaha.
>
> Rod Stephens
>
> --- On Wed, 6/6/12, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> From: Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Seeking studio monitor comments
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 8:15 PM
>
> Hi, Tyra,
>
> This is a dead issue--unless you have CRT monitors, which I don't think anyone does anymore 
> (except me).
>
> Shielding in this instance refers to MAGNETIC shielding so that the magnets in the speakers don't 
> affect the deflection of a TV set or computer monitor. LCD monitors don't care. It's also 
> generally a "right next to" issue even with the CRT monitors. A few feet makes it go away mostly.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Richard
>
> On 2012-06-06 9:39 PM, Grant, Tyra wrote:
>> One question: the Genelecs are supposed to be shielded and the Mackies
>> don't seem to be. We weren't sure---could this be a significant factor or
>> is it just something that sounds good but in fact not worth all that much
>> more in practical terms?
>
> -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
> http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
> 

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