Good to hear that your kids are doing well, but being brought up to challenge and to think for themselves is quite rare these days.jmjones said:Dave, Cobblers. (Just expressing my educated ability of how to think *blum3*). My kids don't think in the same way as me and have been brought up to challenge by both the system and their parents. Anyway, now that I've expressed my right to free speech:
You, Andy, Vlad and all the other techie types should keep up the good work. I for one enjoy seeing the alternative views expressed on here, as long as it stays the right side of causing offence. I believe that I'm one of many that sit here silent most of the time picking out things worth trying as a result. Personally I've tried different speaker cables (definititely better than bell-wire), digital interconnects (nope, couldn't hear a difference and spent quite a bit), mains purifier (did nowt, although I never did hear my fridge going on and off through my hifi anyway). I didn't bother with mains cables as a result of previous experience. Acoustic panelling is OUT even for consideration, it would ruin the effect of our radiator removing underfloor heating.
Electrical isn't my bag, but I'm a scientist and I like to understand the improvements that may be made, otherwise I'm sceptical. Healthy debate on here is useful. I've found it of a little more use since What Hifi moved away from measurements in reviews to mostly opinion. I've found that their view of good sound is often not mine, and the views on this forum are often more useful. Thanks for your efforts.
As far as hi-fi is concerned I find that a bit of logic and some common sense goes a very long way, a bit of the much maligned 'scientific method' is very helpful when setting up a system or fault finding.
Like you, my system has to work in our normal living space, strictly 2 channel in my case but I find that getting it to sound good is easy enough if you follow a few basic rules. The most obvious being not to 'overload' your room with equipment that is simply too big or acoustically overwhelming for your space, so many of the systems that I see in peoples homes do exactly that.
In the real world you need to work with the space that you have, not against it, get that righ and you can learn to listen to the music, not the hi-fi.