With the only exception being a high quality direct-to-disc recording which is going to be fairly close all things considered qua input=output....
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> On Nov 10, 2015, at 7:30 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There's definitely something to the dirty connections thread. I've built and restored a few tube amplifiers in my time. One thing I always do is replace the ancient caked-with-oxidation RCA connectors with new goldplate types. I also like to spray out the tube sockets with contact cleaner once in a while. I also always replaced the old pots and switches, unless they were the sealed-back types.
> I disagree about calling $$$$$$ audiophile stuff "revealing" by nature. A lot of it is actually "coloring" by nature, heaping on harmonic distortion and/or transformer-caused phase shifts in the case of tube gear. It's fine if a listener (even a serious listener or critical listener) likes colored sound, but an audio professional should seek as close to a straight wire with gain as possible, because otherwise he can't honestly listen to hear what he needs to hear (ie what's wrong or right with the audio he's working on).
> Just to be clear, I still very much enjoy listening to vinyl records. But, I wouldn't ever say that a vinyl record -- no matter how well mastered and manufactured -- is anywhere near output=input to the source.
> -- Tom Fine
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>>> On 11/9/2015 9:45 PM, Carl Pultz wrote:
>>> A lot of pro gear isn't as revealing as audiophile stuff. Lately they
>>> have been converging, so more pros are concerning themselves with
>>> such matters.
>> It may be that audiophile gear is more revealing of cable differences because it's more sensitive to cable differences, because a lot of audiophile gear is *unbalanced*. Almost all pro gear is balanced, and my experience has been that balanced connections show fewer differences between cables than unbalanced. They do show up dirty connectors, though.
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