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RE: That's a fine list...


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?

Bambi B

Edits: 09/18/18

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