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September on my mind.

Aloha,

Some of the ghosts of recent discussions from here, there, and everywhere seemed to strike me as I went through this month's issue, so I figured I'd see if anyone else got the same feelings:

1) When I see "A Passion For Bass" next to a pick of Alex Smith, I expect the ad to be more about bass fishing gear than subwoofers. Is he related to the Velodyne family or something? I just don't get the connection or relate to the endorsement.

2) When I see Mark Levinson gear, my first thought is that I just can't believe you can actually sell the rights to your very name. It actually makes me feel bad, even though it's none of my business. I'm trying to find some other examples.

3) 99% of ads are invisible. No offense. Maybe using naked chicks is a good idea.

4) I look forward to the Headroom ads.

5) Lee Feldman is mui bueno.

6) The new NAD electronics (page 75) are dead ringers for the Revox electronics of the late 80's.

7) There seems to be a direction toward reviewed gear having fewer retailers and toward one source purveyors of gear - Sutherland, Portal Audio - which is fine. I think this type of sales outlet is going to grow into a domimant force in Hi Fi.

8) There is a thin line between the reviews that lead to the demise of Stereo Review and recent gear reviews in Stereophile: All the gear sounds great.

However, Stereophile takes the time to tell us in which ways it sounds great, and how it compares to other gear that sounds great. I can dig that.

The middle of the review is now more important than the conclusion. I can dig that, too.

Also, would-be reviewers can take a lesson and just keep a stock ending on hand that will save them time and seems to match the current review paradigm: "This piece of gear sounds great. It offers good value and sounds as good or better than some products that cost more. I enjoyed my time with this piece of gear and...insert either: a) felt a slight pang of regret as I packaged it up to send back to the manufacturer, or, b) liked it so well that I bought it. If you are shopping for this category of gear, you would do yourself a disservice if you failed to audtion/consider this piece of gear."

9) In the DVD era, opera singer chicks have gotten better looking. Same with classical music playing chicks.

10) Sam Tellig, Mikey, and this months equipment and record reviwers did great jobs at keeping my interest. If I started the article not really interested in the subject matter, by the end, I was engaged! Kudos all around.

11) Do you remember those beer ads that had Charlton Heston repeating part of what the other actor in the ad was saying?

It would go something like this...

Actor: Lite beer used to leave me flat.

Charlton: His BEER left him FLAT!

Actor: But Bud Lite is different, it has more flavor.

Charlton BUD LITE HAS MORE FLAVOR!

Etc...

Well, anyway, those little "quote blurbs" in large font in the reviews were just close enough to the actual text they quoted that I got that Charlton Heston feeling. Kinda cool.

12) The Cary Audio SLP 05 must be really really good, because Art used all his alotted words on the review instead of adding bullshit political filler! Think about that for a minute. That's a total endorsement of the product!

13) Is saying that a speaker "is dynamite for home-theater" an endorsement or a criticism?

14) You think Portal Audio would give a discount for buying four Paladins?

Anyway, a great issue. The only thing I would ask is to make them twice as big! (I know the answer to this, but I'd be happy to pay more for the pleasure of longer issues.)

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13) Is saying that a speaker "is dynamite for home-theater" an endorsement or a criticism?

Fabulous, Buddha.

jason victor serinus

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Buddha, I don't get the Velodyne ad, either. It has been out of the last few issues, and now it pops up again. I guess it is getting positive results. Never underestimate the popularity of a product that is not only sonic overkill but also endorsed by a football player -- I think their target audience is all those people who put 4 wheels and V-6's on their subwoofers and circle my block at 3 A.M.

Regarding your number 9. The babes. You should have seen the one who sang the Shostakovich 14th Symphony last Winter at the Disney. Wow. If I hadn't been wearing Depends, I could have easily jumped the 10 rows between me and the stage...she wouldn't have known what hit her. Which might have been a good thing. What a vision -- a tall, thin Rooskie, with an unpronouncable name, who could belt 'em out with the effortlessness of the hefty heifers that you used to see creaking the stage. What a voice! What a face! What a rack! What supple thighs, elegant knees, well-turned calves and ankles! I fell in love, but, as usual, forgot it all by concert's end. I like this trend! Sell those album covers! Beats hell out of football players, eh?

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3) 99% of ads are invisible. No offense. Maybe using naked chicks is a good idea.

What ads?

6) The new NAD electronics (page 75) are dead ringers for the Revox electronics of the late 80's.

I remember drooling over the Revox ads - knowing I couldn't afford them. Now I can. Maybe I'm the market that NAD is targeting.

9) In the DVD era, opera singer chicks have gotten better looking. Same with classical music playing chicks.

I'm glad to hear this...thought my eyesight was deteriorating.

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...Rooskie, with an unpronouncable name, who could belt 'em out with the effortlessness of the hefty heifers that you used to see creaking the stage. What a voice! What a face! What a rack! What supple thighs, elegant knees, well-turned calves and ankles! I fell in love, but, as usual, forgot it all by concert's end. I like this trend! Sell those album covers! Beats hell out of football players, eh?

Don't get too excited, Clifton. Remember those female Russian Olympist who turned out to be sexually reassigned males? It's amazing what a good plastic surgeon can do.

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I would think that a football player would have lost his hearing being thumped so many times. Maybe, that's the point; he can "feel" the bass.

Sort of reminds me of when Transparent Audio Cables hired Fabio to endorse their products. Kind of strange when one took into account that he couldn't tell the difference between real butter and margerine. Not exactly the smartest marketing campaign.

Speaking of Headroom; anybody know their coupon or promotion codes. I don't want to pay $9 for the shipping of two replacement foam earpads.

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Checkout FABIO'S system in an old StereoPhile, THAT'S what not knowing butter or margarine can do. And what did YOU spread on your bread today? Fabio counted his BREAD.

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Actually, not looking like a girly-man is what let Fabio purchase those ultimate audio components. As I recall, when the photo was taken of all those goodies, the room was an acoustic nightmare. I later heard, through another magazine, that he had to add carpets and things to treat the room.

I still would be happy to live off the crumbs of his system though.

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Hi, Overboard -- I remember this piece, which I believe was done around 1996 or so (I have the old issues -- if anyone wants to know the exact issue, let me know -- right now, I'm too lazy to thumb through them). He had Krell electronics and Martin-Logan (custom-made, as I recall) electrostatics. You are right about the room, which was a bunch of marble and other hard surfaces. He noted, dutifully, that the system was a chick-magnet. Hmmmph. Probably only because he still had his hair.

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Awww, Mike -- they wouldn't do that to me, would they? I guess, just to play it safe, I'll request she keep her clothes on so I can sustain my illusion. I'll ask her to sing while I just watch...and imagine. Damn. She really could sing, I swear. Voice like an angel. When she sang the Lorca (the symphony is a series of musical versions of texts by Lorca, Apollinaire, Kuchelbecker, and Rilke, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Shostakovich 14th), her eyes flashed like coals as she spat out the bitterness of Shostakovich's sarcasm. I wish this performance could be released on CD -- Salonen does this sort of thing masterfully and the 2 soloists were magnificent. Maybe they could show her naked inside the jacket...then we could all know for sure! Or could we...

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I first "saw" Fabio's system in Audio Video Interior magazine, and although I was drooling all over the pages, the marble floor obviously made a lasting impression. The Martin Logan's were not custom though; just their top of the line original Statement (which was rarely seen, let alone heard by anyone). Fabio also used Infinity IRS speakers as rear channels. All these were driven by Krell electronics with Transparent cables.

Chick magnet; heck, I'd date the guy to hear this system As a side note, I did hear the new Martin Logan Statements e2 with Manley amps some time ago, and it was the deepest soundstage ever. No one has ever come close. Of course, if you moved one seat off center, the whole illusion disappeared. Obviously, there is no reason to believe Fabio, with his one seat in the middle, doesn't experience the same thing daily.

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Hey John
A.....let's have a FABIO FOLLOWUP, can you get him in an interview and see what he's got now? Surely he has updated stuff. Let's see what really big big bucks is buying today.

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