A tiny history of Hi Fidelity (The soul of sound)

Discussion in 'Audio / Video / Home Theatre' started by Quadophile, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Quadophile

    Quadophile Hon. Acoustical Engineer Moderator

    Mar 16, 2002
    Likes Received:
    Houston, TX
    I was reading this article the link to which was sent out to us, members of the Houston Audio Society.

    I found the article extremely interesting as I could relate to being part of the history of Hi Fi as I have been indulging in it since few decades. Therefore, I decided to post it here for the fellow enthusiasts on the forum.

    I am pretty sure that FBS will surely read it and will cook up a storm discussing various aspects of the article. :lol:

    Enjoy! :cheers:

    The tiny history of Hi Fi
    Quadophile, Jul 4, 2011
    1. Advertisements

  2. Quadophile

    floppybootstomp sugar 'n spikes Moderator

    Mar 5, 2002
    Likes Received:
    Thassa long read Quad, I read the first coupla paragraphs but I've bookmarked it and will get back to it for sure.

    Hi-fi. The more I experiment, the more confused I get.

    Was a time when amplifiers with huge reserves of power driving inefficient speakers such as the massive Bowers and Wilkinson units were thought to be audio nirvana.

    One current mode of thinking is that efficient full range drivers driven by low powered amplifiers is the bees knees.

    Some still favour vinyl, others swear SqueezeBox sounds best of all.

    Myself, I realise there are no rules and sometimes the most unlikely of combinations manage to produce something that sounds fantastic.

    For myself, my main system is lacking, I know it is. But not having oodles of wonga atm, I will have to just apreciate it for what it is. Some of my vinyl sounds superb, some of it sounds like absolute rubbish. The reproduced sound depends on three things: Original recording (this would also reflect whether originally analogue or digital recording); condition of vinyl platter if a used record and the quality of the vinyl pressing.

    I have six sound sources on my main setup: Vinyl; TV; Computer; CD Player; DAB/FM Tuner and I-Pod.

    Now this doesn't make sense to me but here, in order of 'sounding-goodness' is how they fare:

    1) I-Pod
    2) Vinyl
    3) DAB Tuner
    4) CD Player
    5) Computer
    6) TV (Digital signal)

    Sometimes, it has to be said, the vinyl sounds better than the I-Pod but frankly I'm shocked Apple's m4a file format can sound better than a vinyl platter. But it is so, the ears don't lie.

    My CD player is a Cambridge Audio Azur 640C, considered a budget model, albeit a top of the range budget model. I have never been impressed with it.

    In my bedroom I have a Pioneer A-400 amplifier driving a pair of Fostex FE126eN full range units in custom made cabinets and it sounds fantastic, I'm very impressed.

    The drivers are designed to handle 45 watts and the Pioneer Amp is 80 watts per channel yet it works well. That's what I meant when I said the most unlikely of combinations sometimes throw up a surprise.

    The opening of the linked story mentions seeing some expensive loudspeakers disintegrate as an expensive amplifier died cos of the DC offset prresented to the cabinets. I experienced something similar once. I was reparing a PA amp and had it connected to a dummy load (a huge wirewound resistor in a metal box) and whilst I was making measurements inside the amp the dummy load literally exploded, filling the workshop with acrid blue smoke.

    The metal box was buckled, the resistor was in fragments. What I should have done, of course, was measure the DC level on the dummy load. When I did, it was 90 volts :eek: small wonder there was a big bang.

    I shall read that article later this evening, thanks for the link.
    floppybootstomp, Jul 4, 2011
    1. Advertisements

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up (and it's free!). Just click the sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.
Similar Threads
  1. pc_god

    A good sound system

    pc_god, Jul 5, 2002, in forum: Audio / Video / Home Theatre
    Jul 11, 2002
  2. Raje

    Gaming/Surround Sound Headphones

    Raje, Aug 9, 2005, in forum: Audio / Video / Home Theatre
  3. fatwilly

    no sound

    fatwilly, Sep 12, 2005, in forum: Audio / Video / Home Theatre
    Sep 12, 2005
  4. masterkeedu

    Merge Sound Back INto VOBs

    masterkeedu, Dec 30, 2005, in forum: Audio / Video / Home Theatre
  5. Abarbarian

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Sound Card

    Abarbarian, Oct 15, 2007, in forum: Audio / Video / Home Theatre