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The Genesis Effect

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

genesis2Simply put: Genesis is life, from lifelessness.” — Dr. Carol Marcus, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Various years ago, Arnie Nudell and Paul McGowan ran Genesis Technologies, producing high-end loudspeakers.  Paul is now the “P” at PS Audio and one of his self-appointed activities is producing a daily commentary appropriately called “Paul’s Posts.” I get them by email and highly recommend that anyone interested in high-end audio matters should should do the same.  While you’re at it, register to be able to add your comments and participate in the discussions that Paul’s Posts regularly give rise to.  (By the way, registered users can post comments here, too.)

Yesterday’s offering by Paul, “A day in Sea Cliff,” included this bit:

Arnie believed (as do I) that loudspeakers should be full range to the best of their abilities – adding extra boxes to make them reproduce music properly was a wrong headed idea that placed additional burdens on customers they didn’t need.

I’ve often given voice to precisely that same position over the years.  For lifelike rather than lifeless music listening, two full-range speakers, a 2.0 system if you will, are the ideal.  They’ll do a great job of supporting video entertainment, too.

Here’s a link to Paul’s complete post that includes the statement above.  While you’re on that page, you can click on the Get Paul’s Posts link over at the right to order up your subscription.

Comments? Yes…but don’t put it off.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Good Comments

When theSoundscapeBlog first took shape, comments from supposed readers started flowing in.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that they were all specious.  None had anything to do with the topic of the post:  “Wow!  I never thought of it that way before.  You sure make great points!” with a link to some site that wanted to sell a set of tires or something like that.

I closed off comments totally.  A couple of months ago, a friend made an alternative suggestion.  She set up her blog to allow comments on any post for a limited time.  It sounded worth trying.

So now comments are open to any registered user (no email addresses will be ever be disclosed to anyone absent a court order) for two weeks after a post is published.


Once a year reading

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

the absolute soundIt’s Tuesday afternoon at CES and I’m in the Audionet booth at the Venetian having a chat with Tim Lukas of Audionet USA.  In a turnabout, he’s interviewing me as much as I am him.  When I ‘fess up about my years of writing for print media, Tim asks, “What do you think of  Stereophile and the absolute sound?”

I give a short, well rehearsed answer:  “I don’t read any of them.  It goes back to the years when I was reviewing gear and music that others might be commenting about.  I wanted to make up my own mind and formed the habit of avoiding other publications.”

I can be a bit more expansive (and accurate) here.  The fact is, I look at precisely one issue per year of both those magazines, and of The Audiophile Voice, What Hi-Fi? and other audio magazines I find on the help-yourself publication racks at CES.  I browse through them on the plane home (a one hour flight) and toss them in the recycling bin when I get to the house.

They’re generally moderately interesting, sometimes informative, often amusing or puzzling.  The best bit this year was the “Back Page” feature in the January 2013 issue of the absolute sound.  It’s a Q&A piece with the A parts coming from engineer Manny LaCarrubba of Sausalito Audio.  It’s a great read–not only interesting, informative, and amusing, but also IMPORTANT mainly due to LaCarrubba’s uniquely personal expression of a rational take on audio and music.

I hoped I could find it online and provide a link that would save you bothering with the other 231 pages of the issue.  No luck.   I suggest checking WorldCat for the absolute sound holdings at libraries near your ZIP code or maybe even sneaking a peek at a well-stocked magazine store.