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 on: August 27, 2018, 08:20:16 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by acg

The pitch dropped a little ... But how can that be ?


Anthony, if possible, talk a bit more. Let your imagination flow, if possible. How can this be ...


If I recall properly you and I talked about it at the time somewhere in the forum.  It is a while back now but swapping out the Intona for the Phisolator did lower the pitch a little.  More accurately it may have been that the noise or sound of the Intona was removed or changed for a different one with the Phisolator, but it did happen. 

I've sold mine now, but if you still have yours perhaps stick it back in and listen to the pitch, or what I am calling the pitch.  With the Intona things were a little bit "higher" or tighter strung but with the Phisolator the presentation is more relaxed, calm, like it has all the time in the world and is not in a hurry.

Anyway, that is my memory of the event, and it is also something that I would like more of in my playback, that feeling of infinite dynamic range and effortless control, like there is nothing holding back the flow of things.

 on: August 27, 2018, 06:11:31 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt

PS: What I also intended to write yesterday, with the Roger Waters album, is that it now suddenly was "ultimate psychedelic". Thus, while I find Roger Waters too much playing the sounds from the past (and for that it not being really new music) the added sauce now suddenly was Obscured By Clouds psychedelia in Twin Peaks format. Really a whole new level of presentation but so much of it, that I can't imagine that the shield of a cable is doing this.

Let's not forget, this "wah" presentation is only since the latest configuration of the Lush^2. It has a directly connected inner shield and a middle and outer shield that connect at the source (PC) to the inner shield, while these two are left open at the other end. Hmm ...

 on: August 27, 2018, 06:02:20 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt
The pitch dropped a little ... But how can that be ?

I forgot to mention something from the Zuma album and Cortez The Killer (or Danger Bird because I played that too) : talking guitars.
I came at this right after I posted yesterday because I heard it again in an other song and we discussed it over here. So a guitar can talk to you (intentionally through its player) mostly via the wah-wah pedal; without it it can also be done to some extent. So all the "wah" ever so much comes forward suddenly. Try The Yes Album - Yours is No Disgrace and you have it almost throughout (if the lead guitar plays).

The wah is a (fairly fast) change of pitch but also a change of clarity, mostly from dark to light (so to speak). Wait ... : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wah-wah_pedal
Maybe someone can make something of this. I will read it myself, later.

I so much recall that the Neil Young track(s) suddenly were addressed to me and were loaded with an other dimension of data towards me, only because the play of the guitar was this other/new messenger.

What I was also listening for yesterday, after posting, was whether this now again was another level of "analogue". Thus, more into that again. I didn't want to listen for that, but at some stage it happened that I heard it and from then on I started watching it. Right now (during this typing) I come to that again because of recalling distinctly that guitar speaking (to you) from a way long time ago. Thus, a fairly normal thing but it just has disappeared from my music playback. So, was that LP perhaps ? (and I am not talking about one with the hole not in the middle, that also changing pitch ... hmm ... scratching).

Anthony, if possible, talk a bit more. Let your imagination flow, if possible. How can this be ...


 on: August 26, 2018, 11:54:43 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by acg
Hi Peter,

I don't have the Mach III or the Lush^2, but what you wrote above reminds me of the changes that came with the Phisolator.  The pitch dropped a little compared to what we were getting with the Intona and everything became more calm and less compressed.  I attributed this rightly or wrongly to a lowering of general "noise" in the playback and greatly appreciated the change.

So that is the idea that I get when I read your description above...more calmness, or quietness and room to hear more of the dynamic range.  Of all the descriptions that you have used so far this is the one that is most likely to get me to invest in yet another damn pc and usb cable.



 on: August 26, 2018, 09:20:48 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt
OK ...
What I notice from my previous setting (still in my Sig) is that the dynamic range somehow is enormous. Note that I didn't say dynamics as in transient, but just the difference between soft and loud. And I am quite confident this is about the being more black in general (not easy to explain). Did you notice it ?
This makes even more of it :

A: B-W-Y-R, B: B-W

This means that all shields are connected at the A connector, also connected at the A connector itself,
and that only the Inner shield is connected to the B connector (middle and outer float).

Well ... This is the fourth day that I am listening to this, always thinking it is wrong somewhere. But is it ?

My initial impression is that it makes all too low on volume. Second thinking learns that again more dynamic range is at play. But it is not about this ...
I have a continuous feeling that things play inside out for phase, or whatever it is exactly. And talking about a version of spooky ... this is now Twin Peaks sound in most of the tracks which lend themselves to that somewhat. I just played Roger Waters - Is this the Life we really want, from of track 06. All Twin Peaks stuff. And was it that before ? not that I recall.

What I recognize with this config as well, is that the tone/frequency has a musicality. It is not as stable as I know it from familiar tracks. As if vibrato is added (not flanger). Very strange because I wouldn't know how that would work.

Albums which, again, lend themselves for it, sound like 20 minute Edgar Froese tracks from ancient history. I never play them any more because it is always the same. So how come that a. such tracks now start to sound like that and b. it only intrigues ?

Yesterday I played Neil Young's Zuma and Cortez The Killer never sounded so emotional (of Young) like this time. It was the very very best version of it I heard ever, and I play this for something like more than 45 years, maybe once per 2-3 months. I am serious.

So why is it wrong ? I don't know ! But is seems to me and my ears that at times all fades away to too few of most (only leaving one profound sound of melody).
Help ?
Why is this the 4th day with this without the slightest idea of wanting to try the next config ?


 on: August 26, 2018, 09:42:29 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt
Happy Happy

 on: August 25, 2018, 03:33:24 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by fmanheck
There are many possible combinations here. Check Peter's settings or the photos above. I changed to those the other night and I found much more than the extra bass I heard the night before.

The musical "window" opened even wider, and more real.
My musical involvement is now in this new universe.

From my Mach III post - Keep exploring Henry whistle

 on: August 25, 2018, 03:21:41 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by fmanheck
I have to chime in here as well but I will post in Lush^2 also.

The Mach III brought me to a huge step up in musical realism I had not encountered before. Ramesh it is great to hear your experience is the same. And we are all struggling to find the words while not exaggerating what we are now hearing.

I totally agree I loved the sound of the Mach II with its own step up of musical realism. It never ceases to amaze me that a change in computer is more than A DAC upgrade. More than a digital upgrade. It is a music upgrade.

I am no big fan of the tweaking and fidgeting of all the settings and the idiosyncrasies that come with a computer designed to disappear and get out of the way to let the unadulterated music signal go through itself and through the entire playback system to my ears. Peter is the explorer here. I am content to follow his settings and recommendations. I have never been led astray.

I confess here I am no history buff. In fact I googled this to come up with the name BUT....

Peter is the Henry Hudson of the digital age clapping

 on: August 25, 2018, 10:11:11 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt
Thank you for sharing that, Ramesh.


 on: August 25, 2018, 08:20:43 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by briefremarks
OK.  So went back to Mach II tonight.  Lush^2.  I was partly wondering how much of the improvement is the Mach III versus the Lush^2.  It's quite clear that the enormous difference comes from the Mach III.  There is something magical with the Mach III.

Mach II + Lush^2 sounds excellent in every way EXCEPT when compared with the Mach III.  There is something extra going on with the Mach III.  Not sure what it is, but, as I said before, the quality of the music is drastically different.

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