When I used the word gimmick I did not intend to give offense. My life experience with the SH devices (two) have not met expectations but I am willing to possibly give it another look though I have an EXTREMELY full plate audiowise at this moment.
Hey Jeff...I ordered your book on Amazon today. I look forward to reading it! JohnI've had a chance to sample a number of albums using my main HT's C-9-installed stereo system (source >>> Outlaw Audio ICBM-1 (40Hz Xover / sub outputs set to stereo mode >>> NAD 2155 power amp >>> Koss CM/1020 speakers + dual SVS 20-39PC+ subs tuned to 20 Hz) over the last two days.
I got very satisfying results listening to Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic. I was similarly happy with Royal Scam.
I listened to a few live albums as well. Frampton Comes Alive was disappointing insofar as I was expecting its material would yield more than it did.
I've long pined for remixing/remastering to 5.1 of Boston's first album, and Supertramp's Crime of the Century and usually play them through my full main system using Dolby PLIIx (Music). With the C-9 stereo system I did not get anywhere as close to the satisfaction.
Mancini's Pink Panther Theme has long been on my overall demo material list. Its already terrific soundstage gets turned up a few notches by the C-9. Thoroughly enjoyable change.
In no cases would I say that the sound was degraded. There was always some degree of improvement / sense of satisfaction, but it really (really) is material-dependent.
One thing I've tried in the past that's really impressed my is taking binaural recordings (that are presumably intended to be listened to using headphones) and playing them through speakers with the C-9 active.
No offense taken, Gene. Thanks!When I used the word gimmick I did not intend to give offense. My life experience with the SH devices (two) have not met expectations but I am willing to possibly give it another look though I have an EXTREMELY full plate audiowise at this moment.
I tend to hear more "tape hiss" when I listen closely, tape hiss that starts and stops with the music and that seems to me to be part of actual studio recording. As I mentioned before, I love this kind of artifact - it's part of what happened in the studio and that is what I am striving to recreate. The "grain" you're hearing might be something in the circuit, and given that these circuits are around 40 years old the expert rebuilders are adding something called a Gundry circuit, which to my ears improves the sound considerably.my experience with the sonic hologram generator, is that through magnapans, i could hear a "grain" in its sound, above and beyond the grain one normally hears in a consumer-grade amp. it seems to work best with less resolving speakers.
Thanks - I did not know that. It seems to make a difference.the "gundry perspective" [gotta love carver's hifalutin' boilerplate] was an upper half of the spectrum lift [above 2kc] that carver thought would alter the near/far perspective of the reproduced sound. it is on some of his CD players and amps of olde.