berner99

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Judging speakers to purchase.
Speakers are the only component that can affect sound radiation pattern. There are qualities not found in “typical box speakers” that you find in varying amounts in dipoles/bipoles/omnidirectional speakers/open baffles/wide dispersion box speakers... 
Speaker Spikes - Working Principle
@hchilcoat  He described what he does and his tastes.  His speakers are being sold to "audiophiles" who want that kind of sound so of course.  
Battle of the Open Baffles
@jetter I'm a big fan of "non-box" speakers i.e. dipole, bipole (had mirage M3s forever), Omnis and open baffle (had dahlquest DQ 10 40 years ago).  Im sure there are differences (between the different kinds) but the speakers disappear, and throw ... 
Do You Buy Speakers Without Hearing Them?
Depends. I buy used gear and use reviews e.g here, YouTube (Thomas, Jay, audio excellence in Canada), etc and if they all say the same thing, and you know what you like you can have good results. I just bought Gresham Studio II (50lb bookshelf) ... 
Contemporary Classical Composers - new discoveries
1. Love Aarvo Paart, but no idea how he comes out of Schoenberg (atonal) 2. Michael Torque (eg album of color music including Bright blue) great fun. 3. Einaudi, currently alive, beloved music, speaks to human heart. 4. No longer alive, but Hov... 
Speaker Spikes - Working Principle
FWIW, in one if Paul McGowen’s YouTube videos there was a question related to this and he said, spikes (in whatever speaker) produce a more audiophile type bass that many people like, but he likes the more natural bass from eg isoacoustics (or som... 
Best Covers
2x Zevon covering “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”, since he had cancer and was. Shane Ericks “Superstar”; if you didn’t know it wasn’t Karen Carpenter… Johnny Cash covered “Hurt” by nine inch nails. Jennifer Warnes “Famous Blue Raincoat” (whole cd... 
Anyone have experience with Gershman Avant Garde vs Studio II speakers???
@immatthewj FWIW I recently bought a pair of Studio IIs and wrote to ask GErshman several things and they said of my Hegel integrated: "Amp Compatibility: The Hegel 390 integrated amp is an excellent choice to pair with the Studio II speakers. T... 
Need stand recommendation for Gershman studio IIs
1. deKay, Speakers are going on a hardwood floor. 2. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Two things: a. Target is a Canadian brand speakers stand (like Pangea but sturdier) which gets good reviews and someone in Canada with same speakers used ... 
Which LS3/5a?
I had chartwell Ls3/5as over 40 years ago and they were wonderful for their time. I can't help wondering if their are better options today (I'd check out LSAs offerings) but if you want Ls3/5as here is a review of 4 different ones:      
Was 1971 the high point of popular music?
There are 20/30 year olds covering Blind Faith* I wonder how many of todays artists will be covered in 50 years? I’d say about ‘67-72ish.   *Foxes and Fossils apparently recently released one.  
Roger Waters Live Last Night in Glendale,AZ
I saw the Alarm open for U2 decades ago. If you went to that or e.g. Crosby, Still Nash and young back in the day you expected politics. Then again the left was "live and let live" then. Roger’s politics are vile and like someone said, I’ll suppo... 
Weird and funny songs
Few other good ones: http://www.bobrivers.com/index.php/american-pie-eulogy/   Hello I love you (doors) http://www.bobrivers.com/index.php/hello-i-love-you-lets-get-tested-for-aids/   --PMS (to an AC DC song) http://www.bobrivers.com/index.... 
Weird and funny songs
Werid Al has many but my favorite were by Bob Rivers who I guess was a DJ in Seattle.  He wrote dozens if not hundreds.  If you go to:  twistedtunes.com you can search.  He's retired now so they are are old, but some of my favorites include: Dark... 
School Of Rock new video
Thanks for posting--they usually have good videos and this is no exception.