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Bipolar System Disorders / Re: Speaker stand suggestions?
« Last post by Nick B on June 22, 2021, 10:52:55 PM »
Now that I have them filled to within 2Ē of the top, using a funnel to fill in the rest would be very simple. The knuckle test is so revealing
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Bipolar System Disorders / Re: Speaker stand suggestions?
« Last post by P.I. on June 22, 2021, 10:41:30 PM »
Damn it Nick, withal of this talk about hammers and vibrators I had to pull the top plate off of my B&W stands and check the sand level. And wouldn't you know it, the level has dropped to about 1/2 inch below the top. I guess after playing them over the years the speakers vibrating (especially the bass) facilitated some additional seismic settling. Now that little 1/2 inch gap in the sand should not really make a significant difference on a 28 inch columns, but I know that this is going to bother me until I get the time to top them off.  :roll:

This does make a good point thought that any of us who have filled sands should look at them every few years to see if normal usage has cause any more settling. I think I am going to add this to my list of regular maintenance items and look at the stands whenever I do periodic things like contact cleaning and system demagnetizing.
Fill them up and comeback in a few years to see how much more they settle.  Those grains of sand just keep looking for spaces to fill.  It took 3 times over about 5 years to get my home brew stands to fully compact.

My home brew stands were 6" PVC pipe with 1.5" top and bottom plates made from Medex and Baltic birch ply laminated with a rubbery flooring adhesive.  Dead, dead, dead!
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Bipolar System Disorders / Re: Speaker stand suggestions?
« Last post by Nick B on June 22, 2021, 09:15:19 PM »
Damn it Nick, withal of this talk about hammers and vibrators I had to pull the top plate off of my B&W stands and check the sand level. And wouldn't you know it, the level has dropped to about 1/2 inch below the top. I guess after playing them over the years the speakers vibrating (especially the bass) facilitated some additional seismic settling. Now that little 1/2 inch gap in the sand should not really make a significant difference on a 28 inch columns, but I know that this is going to bother me until I get the time to top them off.  :roll:

This does make a good point thought that any of us who have filled sands should look at them every few years to see if normal usage has cause any more settling. I think I am going to add this to my list of regular maintenance items and look at the stands whenever I do periodic things like contact cleaning and system demagnetizing.

Geez, Tom. Iím in Vegas visiting a friend and Iím suddenly feeling a bit guilty about your sand issue  :roll: If it makes you feel a little better, I left 2Ē at the top of my B&Ws.  But I so appreciate your great idea!
Iím not going to fiddle with it anymoreÖ I used packing tape because I didnít want to hunt for the duct tape, so it was a little bit messier than it needed to be. A very significant difference in sq
Do let me know if filling in that 1/2Ē makes an appreciable difference  🎶🎶
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Bipolar System Disorders / Re: Speaker stand suggestions?
« Last post by tmazz on June 22, 2021, 08:51:59 PM »
Damn it Nick, withal of this talk about hammers and vibrators I had to pull the top plate off of my B&W stands and check the sand level. And wouldn't you know it, the level has dropped to about 1/2 inch below the top. I guess after playing them over the years the speakers vibrating (especially the bass) facilitated some additional seismic settling. Now that little 1/2 inch gap in the sand should not really make a significant difference on a 28 inch columns, but I know that this is going to bother me until I get the time to top them off.  :roll:

This does make a good point thought that any of us who have filled sands should look at them every few years to see if normal usage has cause any more settling. I think I am going to add this to my list of regular maintenance items and look at the stands whenever I do periodic things like contact cleaning and system demagnetizing.
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Music Discussion / Re: Alan Parsons on Audiophiles and Music
« Last post by tmazz on June 22, 2021, 08:29:49 PM »
Bob I could not agree with you more and I am in that place now.

For me, I kind of got pushed there when I got married 7 years ago and ended up moving. First off I lost my dedicated room and had no other choice but yo move my system into a shared space that was quite a bit smaller than what I had in my old house. This lead to several things. First off the some of the gear I used in the dedicated room would not work in the new space. Not only was there not enough space to fit it, but even when I squeezed it into the new space the speakers simply overpowered the room. And secondly, I had spent over 25 years tweaking things in the dedicated room. Even I I found a house withe a big enough space to use the same gear it wouldn't have sounded the same in a new space.

So I reconciled myself with the fact that the system was not going to sound as good as it did in the past, but it could still sound quite good and I started to focus more on enjoying the music. Have I made some gear changes since then, sure, bu t they were more driven by my desire to add new functionality to the system that would make it easier for me to enjoy music (i.e. computer and Roon based library) that it was by my desire to chase that last 2% of audio quality. And quite frankly I am much happier for it and am finding myself getting more pleasure from finally just listening to the system as opposed to trying to upgrade it.

But I do have to say that even when I was in the equipment upgrading phase my goal was always to get gear that would allow me to enjoy the music more. my biggest sense of accomplishment after upgrading was when it was all done and I could sit in the sweet spot fire up the salt lamps , turn off the rest of the room lights and sit in the almost dark listening to Dark Side of the moon and some of my other favorite music. For me it was always about improving the musical enjoyment, not improving the sound just for the sake of doing it.

And don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I am right and the gearheads are wrong. If you get your kicks out of pushing the sonic limits of your system just to say you can, by all  means, have at it. Your getting pleasure out of gear is no less or more valid a reason for being in the hobby as somebody else's love of music. Hey whatever floats your boat.

But I think Parsons' comment is more base on his frustration that he puts a lots of time and effort into creating music as an art form and then watches (some) audiophiles simply use it to evaluate their gear which in his mind shows no respect for the art that he created.  can understand where he comes from
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by James Edward on June 22, 2021, 05:41:51 PM »
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall



DSD sourced from an Analogue Productions SACD

My wife got this SACD for me as a Father's Day gift.

Chad and his crew did an excellent job remastering this for SACD from the original 3 track tapes. (I have yet to listen to the full 3 track layer on my HT system.)

Outstanding SQ and of course a legendary performance.

Love this.
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by tmazz on June 22, 2021, 04:56:00 PM »
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall



DSD sourced from an Analogue Productions SACD

My wife got this SACD for me as a Father's Day gift.

Chad and his crew did an excellent job remastering this for SACD from the original 3 track tapes. (I have yet to listen to the full 3 track layer on my HT system.)

Outstanding SQ and of course a legendary performance.
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by tmazz on June 22, 2021, 04:47:26 PM »
Latest find at the record store..  Alex de Grassi  "Turning-turning back"  I used to listen to a lot of "new age" records 35 years ago.  I'm finding I still enjoy them. 



Finally got around o giving this a listen on Tidal.

Very nice, not that I would have expected anything less from Mr. de Grassi
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Music Discussion / Re: Alan Parsons on Audiophiles and Music
« Last post by BobM on June 22, 2021, 04:43:55 PM »
There was a time in all our lives as audio hobbiests where equipment was what it was about. Don't deny it. That was our learning phase where we experimented and played with all sorts of stuff someone outside the hobby would call "crazy." But, if you have evolved as I have you reach a comfort zone ... a point where the music shines through ... a point where you are satisfied with your equipment, or maybe just tired of playing that never ending game of trade ups.

You can now relax.

You can enjoy life without pressures.

You can stop spending money on trivialities.

You can enjoy the music more.

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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by tmazz on June 22, 2021, 04:22:57 PM »
Emanuel AX & Yo-Yo Ma: Hope Amid Tears - Beethoven Cello Sonatas



Tidal Streaming
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