Dianne Best Personal Web Page 2018Hi Fi Audio I have a confession to make: I am an Audiophile!
first employment was in a TV & radio store with a boss who was VERY
much into classical music and the absolute BEST in audio equipment. I
learned to appreciate classical music and also learned to be discerning
about audio quality - having extraordinary hearing helped!
after leaving home I was working on the service bench for a
high-end audio shop owned by a very large electronic wholesaler in
London (Ontario). I had the privilege of working on "the best of the
best" on a Marantz professional test bench servicing and testing
top-of-the-line equipment from all over the world - Marantz, McIntosh,
at The Audio Shop I had access to the best
equipment at wholesale+10% so I went through their entire inventory and
picked out the BEST economical receiver/amplifier with the best
specifications (as tested on my bench). I had found that the Concord
CR-260 receiver/amplifier met or exceeded the specifications of all
other "lesser equipment"and was in the same league with
best of the best" (aside from being only 10 Watts per channel as
opposed to 100 Watts or more in the equipment that was 10X the price).
With the help of a woodworker friend, I built a pair of 8 cubic foot
3-way speakers made of 3/4" plywood and equipped with the best of
components including Philips 15" woofers, Philips dome tweeters (AD7080), and Philips (AD7080) 7" midrange speakers.
purchased a high-end turntable - the quirks of
buying at wholesale+10% LOL! I also got a cartridge and needle through a manufacturers promotion - a $200 retail value for $50.
dragged that system with me from London to Ottawa, to Montreal, and
finally to Manitoba. I added a CD player when they first came out in
the 1980s. They were EXPENSIVE at first and I no longer had the
ability to buy at wholesale+10% :( but the sound quality was superb!
I added a reel-to-reel tape deck. Reel-to-reel tape was the absolute
BEST quality sound in the early days of Hi Fi but decks were EXPENSIVE
and that's why I didn't add a reel-to-reel until I had a chance to pick
one up second hand.
over the next 20-odd years I drifted away from the room-filling high
fidelity system - probably since so much music became available in
downloadable digital format and it was just so much more convenient to
listen to it on the PC monitors.
In the fall of 2018 something
inspired me to dust off the old receiver/amplifier and see if it still
worked - it DID! So did the CD player.
The first thing that struck
me was the quality of the sound (after listening to MP3 files for so
many years)! Full range sound form 20 Hz to 20 kHz is SO different!
there listening to Paganini played by Menuhin and the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra and realizing how much I have missed this kind
of sound. If there is a Heaven, it must be continuous music like this!
got me wondering about the current state of the arts in the light of
the advancement in computers and digital technology and sure enough
high fidelity HAD advanced!
CD audio is sampled in 16 bits
(resolution) format and at a sample rate of 44.1 KHz, which was excellent 25
years ago but there are newer digital-to-analogue converts with up to
50% better resolution and twice the sample rate. The higher
resolution and sample rate allows an even better and more accurate
reconstruction of the sound waves.
Another improvement in the music
business that is good for the listeners, the producers, and the home
audiophile is the fact that a number of vendors are offering music
downloads AT A PRICE with the musicians getting a proper share (unlike
the days of MP3 file sharing). Some vendors offer digital recordings taken from the original studio master recordings.
downloading a few Hi-Res music files, I tried playing them from my PC
to the HiFi and found the improvement in sound quality to be STRIKING!
Unaltered by record labels 'downgrading' the quality to fit CD format
and not "playing with the recording" to appeal to the masses, I
found some of these offerings to be far superior to anything I heard on
Without going over $100 I found a good DAC (digital to analogue converter) to work with the new Hi Fi files.
I am looking forward to hearing how all this comes together!!!
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