Hey, happy new one!
Some January issue questions for y'all:
1) About measurements:
If the NAD M3 has a rolled off high end, but "measures" flat, this would be a good opportunity to match the subjective with the objective and measure the NAD's response "in room" on the reference speakers and compare to the reference amp.
In the case of the M3, this may be a golden opportunity to really delve into the speaker/amplifier relationship.
Or maybe even help explore the system/room relationship as to listening impressions!
2) Sam ponder's the Opera Caruso, both at the factory and, briefly in a home environment...and it seems world class. What interconnects and speaker wires do these two systems use?
3) What the Hell is a Journey retrospective doing in Stereophile?
4) The Funk Firm mods seem killer, but raise a couple questions:
a) If the Funk mod makes the Linn table sound this way:
"Musical timing, freedom from pitch uncertainties, and overall emotional effectiveness were at least the equals of those of any other source component I've had at home..."
Then that seems an even better bargain than most people may think, considering this is the home of the Caliburn Continuum table!
That seemed pretty headline worthy.
b) A quibble:
Talking about The Byrds' Mr. Tambourine Man, I wonder what happened:
"It was as if, in previous listenings, there had been some noise or interference going on in the background, like a headache I didn't know I had until it went away. Suddenly, I was hearing only what was on the record. And the spacial aspect of the recording sounded impressively big and deep - much more so than I'd ever heard from this album."
Well, don't reviewers use their reference components for this very type of situation?
It sounds as if the modded Linn must sound better than the Continuum, or the reviewer would have known how that LP sounded in the first place.
I'm guessing that the Continuum never communicated what was really on that disc, but the Linn/Funk did, and the Linn also outperformed the reference table on spatial aspects, as well.
Again, very headline worthy!
All in all, Linn owners ought to be running to this mod. That was a very impressive showing. Probably even more so if you take the history of the reviewer's reference system into account.
It's tempting to grab a Linn and 'Funkify' it! I hope they have much success!
Edited to spell "January" better in the title.