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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Art & Anatomy - the beauty of vagina


What is Matisse, Jeff Koons, Pollock, Arcimboldo, Basquiat, Moore, Seurat, Roy Lichtenstein, Miró, Dalì, Leonardo Da Vinci, Van Gogh and others would be going to give their interpretation of this anatomical part?

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The horn of the day


Thanks to John Inlow 🙏



Leon Theremin with his invention the Theremin (1928). It was one of the first electronic musical instruments and the first instrument that could be played without touching, using subtle hand movements within an electromagnetic field. He was a Russian scientist and had a fascinating life (but not always a good one). I love the huge speaker - a tenuous link to Art Deco!

Devon goes sub-bass 😳


So, I’ve been getting a LOT of questions about the 31.5” Super Sub. I’ve been lusting after this driver for at least 15 years. It’s a kind of standard in the extreme @_listening_room_ features in MJ. I’ve been trying to convince clients to let me build it for them for years, but I think the concept was too extreme for most people on paper. After much consideration, I figured out that I could fit the cabinet up the stairs and into my room. About seven months ago I went all in and ordered four drivers, as they’re hand made and have a long lead time. What I didn’t consider was the immense weight of the empty cabinet. It is unmovable by @_moyasin_ and I. Even with a third super strongman it was honestly terrifying bringing it upstairs. However… the performance has FAR exceeded my hopes. 

Although it might not be the deepest bass I’ve ever heard, it’s by far the most tonally rich, fast and articulate. With some obvious references to the classic EV 30W (ultra light, ultra stiff, styrofoam like cone, low extrusion and giant surface area), in a simple, but fairly large, bass reflex cabinet, tuned to about 16 Hz, I prefer this sub to any horn loaded sub I’ve heard for HiFi. 

I’ve tried many subs with varying degrees of satisfaction, but to be honest I tend to turn them off when listening to acoustic music and going for realism, but now I realize how much music there is in the low Hz. This is the first sub I’ve heard that plays down effectively into the mid-low 20s that adds to every musical performance I play. It’s been one of those breakthroughs that makes you want to re listen to your whole record collection. So many records are playing like I’ve never heard them. I’m a bass head again!! 

Even on the heaviest bass I can throw at it, the cone barely moves, effortlessly throwing a 40-50 foot long wave of pressurized air. It’s not the gusty, lumpy sound I expect from a sub. In fact, you don’t hear a sub at all. It’s just music that extends down to the limits of human hearing. 

Thanks to Devon Turnbull for the above… I wish him the most telluric experience 🥂💪🥂

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Analogtechnik DST15D - a story of fire


A new cartridge, a one-of-a-kind DST, from Analogtechnik’s workshop.

Please appreciate the quality of manufacturing and care for details in coils and pole-pieces.

Dong Bum Kim used a proprietary, highest flux “new” material to model the pole-pieces, a time-consuming, old school job made by hand: fire tempered and beaten by hand to get the needed density, like a Damascus blade!

The limited-production masterpiece will be soon reviewed in my system and I guess I’ll be amazed by further aural improvements, as I was amazed by Analogtechnik DST15 and (beloved) DMT25 vs. other top contenders.

Stay tuned 🎶🎶🎶