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AVRant #51: We’re not the Crazy Ones

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. J and Tom tackle the questions we got over the weekend plus a few more issues. Should you go with a dedicated center or maybe do away with a center all together? What is “phantom” mode anyhow? Iron Maiden offering downloads? In WMA only? Can iTunes make you want to buy CDs? J thinks so. Does becoming an enthusiast ruin the experience? Maybe. Will esoteric fuses make your amps sing? Guess what Tom thinks. A brief discussion of fanboys. Do we really need an esoteric Blu-ray player? Tom’s head almost explodes. J talks about synchronized swimming? What SPL meter should you buy? Tom weighs in. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley.

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  1. March 18th, 2008 at 13:54 | #1

    As for music, I sample a lot of stuff on the web, but often buy a CD as a result, as well. I would much prefer the east of the net for finding music, but the quality of a CD for listening. And, once the CD has been purchased, I rip the music to my PC in lossless for portable listening, etc… Now, as for the teenage kids I know? They don’t care so much about the quality, but seem to want to get anything and everything from cheap to free. *sigh* That is, until we show them the way and introduce them to quality audio!! Maybe we can help them realize that quality is better than quantity in music.

  2. March 18th, 2008 at 14:25 | #2

    It is sadly true that there is a generation of kids growing up feeling/expecting/understanding that music should be free, and most of them have never heard actual fidelity…

  3. skris88
    March 18th, 2008 at 20:53 | #3

    Hifi is like fine wine.

    I discovered this when trying to understand why a non-hifi friend of mine seemed to think my system was no better than his.

    I don’t drink. It’s just that all wine tastes the same to me. My non-hifi friend can’t understand that.

    Neither can I understand why he can’t hear the difference between his system and mine.

    Nuff said.

  4. March 20th, 2008 at 14:54 | #4

    I like both wine and audio and I can tell you one thing – ANYONE can notice the difference if they a) care enough to pay attention and b) spend a little time experimenting. I’ve had plenty of friends that’ve said that they couldn’t tell the difference between good and bad wines until I did a blind taste test with them. They maybe didn’t always pick out the most expensive in order but they always knew which was the cheapest.

  5. skris88
    March 30th, 2008 at 02:39 | #5

    I’d like to try that one day (compare a range of wines)! Thanks.

  6. Raul in HD
    February 5th, 2009 at 18:17 | #6

    …mhhhhh very intersting. Before I found AVRant, I usto think Esoteric was the best and that thouse people knew what they where talking about. Thanks Tom for showing the Light. Cable elevators, Speaker rocks, piramids, Power Conditioners, and expansive AV Cables…. I would have never known on my own. With my new “funky Fresh” knoladge I will teach the ignorent. …. Esoteric People you Suck!

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