Fine Tunes

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Jonathan Scull Posted: Mar 18, 2001 0 comments
This month, "Fine Tunes" offers a grab-bag of useful and inexpensive tips for the impecunious tweaker searching for better sound.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Feb 04, 2001 0 comments
As an audio journalist "servicing" the High End (ouch!), I surf the Web waves to see what's going on on the various audio newsgroups and bulletin boards. Sometimes the Net resembles the Concorde going down, the crash video'd by a passing French motorist: Ashen faces pressed against car windows driving slowly by to check out the carnage.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Jan 14, 2001 1 comments
I just love hearing about cheap tweaks sent in by our readers. Here's a corker from Tony (StorybookWeaver@aol.com):
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Dec 23, 2000 0 comments
I love a simple tweak—one so elegant that I bang my forehead in recognition, moaning "Why didn't I think of that?!"
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Nov 26, 2000 0 comments
I must share with you an e-mail from reader Gene Radice (mediphor@ptd.net), in response to my September "Fine Tunes," on avoiding slap-echo. "Your columns are so refreshing to read," it began.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Oct 05, 2000 0 comments
The subject of audiophile-grade AC outlets, which I have been discussing in previous Fine Tunes" columns is more contentious than I'd ever imagined. In August's episode of "Fine Tunes," I forwarded you an e-mail from audio worthy Glen Bartholomew, who waxed poetic about the inexpensive and therefore (he felt) oft-overlooked hospital-grade devices from Leviton. He found the Levitons to be the equals of, if not better than, the Hubbell, Bryant, and Eagle units I'd previously recommended.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Sep 08, 2000 0 comments
Last month I delved into avoiding reflective, parallel-wall slap echoes from ruining your audiophile day. But I've since learned of a perfectly useful workaround that's much less costly and involved than horsing around the Sheetrock. Much to my chagrin, the info came from the same source, George Cardas. When he told me about it, I slapped my forehead so hard I'm sure they heard it in Brooklyn. One caveat: This tweak works best with big, juicy collections of LPs. It could work with CDs...but we'll come to that.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Aug 10, 2000 0 comments
I had a fascinating conversation the other day with George Cardas about slap-echo. (See Fine Tunes #1 and #2 for other Cardasian room treatment and speaker placement tips.) I know, it is amazing what audiophiles get excited about.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Jul 16, 2000 0 comments
I heard the other day from Steve Creamer of Nirvana Audio Cable. Steve had just finished reading May's "Fine Tunes," in which I'd mused further about grounding your audio system.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Jun 11, 2000 0 comments
Okay, back to equipment racks and resonance tuning.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: May 04, 2000 0 comments
Reader Bill Huey reminded me recently that I'd promised to cover pre-War buildings that have hot and neutral electrical service but no ground. Why the rush? Bill was about to move into just such a dwelling. (Hey, never mind the furnace and the roof—what about my stereo?!)
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Apr 28, 2000 0 comments
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Mar 21, 2000 0 comments
Time magazine has chosen Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century. As the great man said, everything's relative, so in this installment of "Fine Tunes" I'll cover a few relatively inexpensive tips for homeowners, or those building their own audiophile domiciles.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Feb 27, 2000 0 comments
This month's episode: First Things First.
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Jonathan Scull Posted: Jan 27, 2000 0 comments
Good Lord, it's 2000. Happy New Year, everyone!

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