That would be Michael Fremer you're discussing. I've personally auditioned,
with him, many of his comparison cuts on CD-Rs. I can vouch that none of
them exhibited channel reversal, anyway not the classical selections. So
something must have gone awry in the transfer via the net, or somewhere
like that. It would be a mistake to assume that Mike can't wire a cartridge
On Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> This reminds me of a similar incident with a strange-sounding web-based
> audio feature.
> A couple of years ago, a well-known writer for the audiophillic press was
> interviewed by the Wall Street Journal to extole the superiority of LP
> records over CDs. The columnist provided audio examples for the WSJ, which
> were posted on the website. It turned out the gentleman had his left and
> right channels reversed feeding from his (no doubt expensive) phono rig to
> his digital recorder. He did make his point in at least one case, though,
> because he had a palooka CD to beat up. The comparison was Elvis Costello's
> UK first pressing of "Armed Forces" vs the POS first-generation Columbia US
> Regarding Matt's point -- almost anything that "spreads" or "spaces" out
> what was mixed as 2-channel sound is messing with A+B and A-B stuff. It
> goes back to the old Hafler passive box to connect two rear speakers, and
> even before that to early-60's amps that grabbed A+B and fed a "phantom"
> center channel to which one connected a speaker (Eico and others did this).
> So yeah, all of it will sound strange through two speakers if you know the
> content and expect the regular stereo mix. It's like how SQ-encoded quad
> LPs sound when played back without the quad matrix-decoding.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Matthew Sohn" <[log in to unmask]
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 1:31 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mono but Out-of-Phase
> My point is, untrained ears don't seem to hear phase or polarity as
>> as audio engineers should, or people just accepted crappy sound quality on
>>> pricey reel tapes in the 60s (this I doubt).
>> -- Tom Fine
> About a week ago, I got a link to a podcast about a guy (Edgar Choueiri)
> on 3-D Audio algorithms for stereo speakers
> Looking at the
> musical examples on an oscilloscope, the signal appears to be out of
> phase stereo with a rather narrow field. I found it disorienting and
> to listen to. I would be interested to hear comments from the list on this
> -Matt Sohn