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room and vinyl

Guillaume posted one observation and one remark/question. The effect of positioning in the room is obviously different for different rooms and different speakers. Sealed cabinets can usually be located closer to the walls than vented cabinets, for example. And you can measure the response.

I don't think sound reproduction is a subjective thing. You can measure frequency response, noise levels, distortion etc. The magic is only in the music.

As for lp's, you can measure frequency response, dynamic range and distortion from a turntable/cartridge, and it is usually not very nice, and never as good as a digital source such as a CD. I know that there are people who swear by vinyl, but I think they are deluded. What they like is the usually reduced high frequency response (warmth is what they call it), and the reduced dynamic range that effectively raises the quieter passages (more resolving is what they call this). Some people also like euphonic distortion from second harmonics. I am fine if people say they prefer the vinyl sound, just as I am fine with people who prefer candle light. But it is not accurate, so if accuracy is your objective, go for digital.

Willem

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