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Keep Natalie and Nicole Stephen

Mr. Kraus in the Letters section was totally off-base with complaining about girls being a distraction or inappropraite part of SM's collumn. No way dude!

I like their inclusion for exactly the same reasons you site in response Stephen. Not only do they and all your other adventures lend texture and reality to your writings, it makes your (and our) musical journey at least a little bit cooler. I mean, no disrespect to some of the other writers, but bragging about the latest pipe organ concert, or obscure choral works record you found is not cool! ;) And it purpetuates the myth that good sound is synonymous with being nerdy, elitist or well past your better years (or all three).

Not so I say, and I have plenty of friends to back me up! All of us raise a glass to you Stephen. Anything that can illustrate the fun and vibrancy of music, good sound and enjoying them both with others is a big step in the right direction to at least putting up a fight against the sterotype.

I do hope we hear that at some point at least an hint of some actual "action-getting" on your part Stepehn, and hopefuully something long-term. I understand the need to be respectful of said ladies, even if you've changed their names for privacy. But like the quest for great sound, at some point settling in for a while can be as satisfying as looking forward to the next "upgrade."

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Thanks very much, Doug.

dbowker wrote:

I do hope we hear that at some point at least an hint of some actual "action-getting" on your part Stepehn, and hopefuully something long-term.

Along those lines, we have this blog entry.

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Agreed

I am at least as intrigued about the ladies as I am Art's various reconstruction projects and more than I am any review or recommendations concerning electric shavers. I think they add texture and context to the column.

Trey

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Natalie and Nicole

As a gay audiophile I do not look for or desire female companionship so please do not feel embarrassed for me. As far as audiophiles that through no fault of their own or disability have not been able to find companionship I find your embarrassment for them insensitive. Maybe it is because of youth that you are not aware of the struggles and disappointments of others. A little empathy and less embarrassment might be in order.

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It's rarely ever "through no fault of their own"

@JohnMichael:

I am curious what you mean by this. We are not talking about people having no mates due to being ugly, stupid, or deformed. The point was that so many men decide to "wed" themselves to their hobbies, eccentricities or just plain social dysfunctions, making themselves and our dear own hobby rather bland and mechanical. I'd place the millions of men out there who will do anything to avoid their own families for hundreds of hours of televised sports in the same category. Strange that in that case it's so pervasive as to be "normal."

In any case I'm not sure empathy and embarrassment are mutually exclusive, but I think the first person to claim embarrassment was the Letters writer who said including romance into the audio world was inappropriate.

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the dynamic duo (n and n)

i love hearing about your adventures.  i believe that you have done a great service to those girls by introducing them to the hobby.  if not for you, do you think there would be a snowball's chance in a hot place that they would be involved.  also, i think perspective is added when you make a change, do not say what it is and then record the reactions from these non-audiophiles.  they are not looking for a change per se, but as in this month,s installment, only for the record to play without skipping, the fact that they picked up on an improvement was gravy.  this also helps support we that believe in improvements that cannot be backed by science such as cables.

keep up the great work.

 

best,

 

tom

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John MIchael, maybe it is you

who is over sensitive.

Just a thought.

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JohnMichael wrote:

As a gay audiophile I do not look for or desire female companionship so please do not feel embarrassed for me.

You bring up an interesting point, but it's a point that I don't understand. So, maybe you can help me understand it. It's a point that my copy editor brought up, too, and a point that confounds me. (It's a copy editor's job to confound his writers from time to time.)  

My question(s): What does sexual orientation have to do with companionship? Why wouldn't anyone (gay, straight, or other) want female companionship?

(Women are a lot of fun to hang out with.)  

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They smell better.

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Stephen, What I had to say

Stephen, What I had to say about myself was mostly tongue in cheek. I do read your column and have no problem with you writing about the women. I also want to say that I am not overly sensitive, as another poster suggested, but not insensitive. I work in healthcare and know a few fellow audiophiles that either through disability or disfigurement are not able to find female companionship. I would not want to add embarrassment to their sadness. Since I do work in healthcare I am around women all day long. In my spare time I enjoy the company of a buddy or my dog. John

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Small world

I work in healthcare as well. Still don't get your point though pal. How about posting about music and listening!

 

Trey

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Trey I am not your pal. I was

Trey I am not your pal. I was responding to the original post and Stephen's response in the letters section. I think I am free to have an opinion. If anything has changed let me know.

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Hi Stephen,

 

I'm a young stereophile reader from New Zealand. Your column is the first and sometimes only column I read. I guess its because I'm only able to afford entry level gear but also because you're writing is the most lively, relevant and entertaining reading in the whole magazine.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

James.

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Well JohnMichael . . .

at least you are not oversensitive. smiley

Have a great weekend bro.

 

Trey

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double post. I was laughing so hard I hit save twice.

 

Trey

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Glad I could bring humor to

Glad I could bring humor to your life.

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You are most welcome

But what are you planning on listening to this weekend?

I am wanting to get out some Minutemen and Joe Pass. I have a lot of the Joe Pass solo or small combo records that I am feeling the need to get on my computer and iPod. Then there is some Fleetwood Mac as well. Lately I have been slacking off on the serious listening as I have been getting the meta data on my computer files fixed up.

Any plans you could share? I would appreciate your input.

And really, have a great weekend.

Trey

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JamesNZ wrote:
I'm a young stereophile reader from New Zealand. Your column is the first and sometimes only column I read. I guess its because I'm only able to afford entry level gear but also because you're writing is the most lively, relevant and entertaining reading in the whole magazine.

That means a lot to me, James. I'm feel very lucky: to be able to share my thoughts and connect with people all over the world is a real pleasure and a privilege.  Thanks so much.

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I will be listening to a wide

I will be listening to a wide variety of music. A mix of vinyl and cd. I recently purchased some AntiCables speaker cables to try out. I will be listening to some classical Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition", Holst "The Planets" and Carmina Burana for vocals. Female vocalists Sarah and Ella along with some Weather Report. Then throw in a little Lucinda Williams live for a rock/country sound. So far the cables are sounding great and this mix should let me know if the Anti's will be in the system long term.

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Ohhh

I am really interested in your thoughts of the cables! Please let us know!

 

Trey

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I will write my thoughts in

I will write my thoughts in the Cable section but will share what I have heard so far. I had been using Audioquest Slates between my Krell S-300i and Mobile Fidelity OML1's. The AntiCables have better midrange clarity than the AQ's. The soundstage is wider and taller with the Anti's. Another interesting aspect of the Anti's is individual performers are more focused but much more air around them. I had read about this effect from expensive electronics and top level speakers but never thought I could achieve it with reasonably priced cables.

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And also

I love Ella as well. We named one of our puppies Ella. Do you have a favorite Ella disc?

Trey

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Music, Sex and Humor

Since we are talking about three topics here, I thought I would combine them in one post and a flow chart.

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Ella and Anti-Cables
Drtrey3 wrote:

I love Ella as well. We named one of our puppies Ella. Do you have a favorite Ella disc?

Trey

Drtrey3

My favorite Ella LP is Ella in Berlin. I have the Anti-Cables and they sound great. Very open and easy to listen to. My pre is an Audible 3A and my amps Quickie V4's. They have a clarity that is striking. I like some warmth in the mid-bass and these cables give a my system a compensating balance. This not to say that they are bright. Also you can buy them terminated (a slight upcharge) or buy a 100 foot roll and use a dremel tool to clean off the ends and use bare wire. Highly recommended!

John 

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