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In Reply to: RE: That's a fine list... posted by Bambi B on September 18, 2018 at 05:32:53
Well, as far as age goes we've been viewing some silent films recently!
Funny, with more limited time these days I'll devote it to a film (preferably classic) than to listening to music.
Billy Wilder remains a favorite.
Looks like you could have a bright future with Dismal should you lower your standards and go down that path.
Hope things are well and good with you and that your ARC equipment is still bringing you wonderful music.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination"-Michael McClure
Yes, silent movies are fine and well-recorded mono sound is fantastic. Beyond movies, by far the best FM I ever heard was from the McIntosh MR67 on mono.
Billy Wilder is more or less a never-miss director and I'd add Carol Reed, Scorcese, Bergman, Coppola, Fellini, Lean, Lang, and Tati to that. I will also automatically give anything by Herzog, Tarrantino!, Welles, and the Coen Bros at least a try. Woody Allen is, however,very undependable the last twenty+ years.
My music listening habits have changed quite a bit in the last few years. I spend tremendous amounts of time in front of a computer (HP z620 / Xeon E5-1680 v2 / 64GB / Quadro P2000 + GTX 1070 Ti / Samsung SM951 M.2 + Samsung 860EVO + HGST 7K6000 4TB) doing 3D CAD, rendering, and writing.
At the moment I listen to YouTube videos probably twelve+ hours of my twenty hour days, using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB recording /MIDI interface running balanced XLR though Mackie HR824 studio monitors. One of the benefits of the Mackies is that the placement can be perfect- centerline of tweeters on the centerline of my ears and accurate toe in, plus the four integrated mono Class D amplifiers are OK- surprisingly good imaging and transparency, and the 8" woofers provide very flat bass down to 34Hz for my favorite Mahler and Bach organ. Really, I think it's that I've never had speakers so well placed and the balanced connection is quiet and more quiet.
Soon- I hope- I'm building a new desk that will incorporate my new MIDI controller (Studiologic SL88) and I hope to do a bit of composing. Both ARC systems: SP10/D115/ Oracle 3 + McIntosh MR67/ Vandersteen 3A and moreso the LS3 /D130/ Cambridge Audio 640C are silent as I'm hearing music all day at work.
When I watch movies, I use an HP z420 (Xeon E5-1620 v2 / 16GB / GTX 660Ti / Samsung 850 EVO + HGST 7K6000 4TB) with an ASUS STX Essence soundcard / Logitech Z2300 2.1 speakers to run a Samsung 40" 4K monitor. So, I've gone from strictly tube analog to pure digital/ compressed in about the last five years.
What have you been up to?
Working too much - thusly the slooooow response!
That (to my monkey brain) sounds... like a complicated system but I'm
sure the end result is worthwhile given your passion for music and love of sound.
I'm basically using the same system I've had the core of for 10+ years (ARC SP3A,
Class D amps, Trente speakers, Jolida CDP).
Much LESS vinyl listening these days.
Life is good though the recent departing of our 22 YO cat Rupert leaves a huge
gap my wife and I and the two boneheads (below) need to adjust to.
Always good to read your posts at AA!
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
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