Audiophile Magical vs Non Magical Days

Thanks. Good to know.


I ride motorcycles, mainly for commuting. There are good riding days and better riding days with an occasional bad riding day. The road doesn’t change. The bike doesn’t change. Traffic isn’t substantially different from ride to the next. Weather varies but it’s just weather.
Some days that ride is zen like. Some days it’s simply getting from A to B. Other days I just don’t want to be there. I’m the only real variable.


Very true.

A good analogy.


Great reminder about the recommended reboot on the MKI from time to time. I too would be interested with Ted’s thoughts about whether the MKII benefits from a power cycle. Either way I travel enough for work that my system is completely powered down on a regular basis.

I’d also recommend the Purist Audio Design CD (also available on vinyl and digital file). I run it (or the ripped file) on all my sources for a few hours after powering everything back up. It’s also great for breaking in new gear.


Yes, I just used the Purist file for weeks to burn in the AirLens.

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Thank you.


Just today I had a reboot day again. I recommend to memorize a classical track with transparent, layered strings very well. If you occasionally play it you’ll recognize that it gets flatter at some time.

Crazy behavior, I’d love to hear Ted if there can be done anything about it. It’s very noticeable, but not immediately during a long timespan. Seems an FPGA has its own quirks.

As an owner of an active speaker with the option to level treble, mids and bass and with one more option to adjust treble and two more to adjust bass, I can tell you that I rarely even slightly modify anything (except if system components change). But there are certain days or times when one likes or needs a little more or less bass or treble, depending on the mood or maybe ears‘ condition. After some time, you bring everything back to normal.

Just as with recording engineers, who instantly hear which frequency in a recording was tweaked for which effect on voices etc., with the option of leveling drivers, one easily hears, how much positive effect slight changes have, which are otherwise paid by many with very expensive cabling or gear changes in case there are no other options.

From this standpoint it’s crazy to observe the high end dilemma, that typical high end setups are sensible to all those frequent component or cabling changes as well as recording differences and personal mood anomalies without a chance to compensate it otherwise, than with disadvantageous cabling or speaker positioning compromises compared to the optimum. If some manufacturers should address this without adding lossy parts to the chain, I’m convinced this would be a goldmine (but not for those who currently benefit from audiophile nervosa and flipping gear).


I agree with jazznut in that once the EQ is set in an active system it’s best to leave it alone and put up with the obvious differences in recordings (or the suitability of a recording to match the EQ and room charachteristics). Even with the various Directstream releases it might be tempting to fiddle but I’d always end up with what I started with. Using a P10 I have the ability to run the Clean option and I do find it necessary to run it for at least four minutes occasionally, however I’ve never identified which attached component benefits from the clean (maybe the P10 itself benefits).

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