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so much lost.......

had our storage unit robbed and all my dead is gone....any help would work....any shows

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so much lost.......

had our storage unit robbed and all my dead is gone....any help would work....any shows

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Great topic

Here's something only slightly related. I'm suffering from some pretty substantial hearing loss (mostly self-induced, I'm sure), so my ability to discern music nuances has eroded significantly over the years -- which is why FEELING Phil's bass is so much fun.

I was talking to a guy who does ultra-high-end home theatres in Southern CA and in the course of the conversation I mentioned that what I needed was to have someone do a hearing test on me, then tune room acoustics and sound system to compensate for my defficiencies. And he said, "We do that! I test the hearing on each of my clients" and so on. Given that his cabinetry alone can run in excess of $100k, I guess it's only right. And I guess he's a little out of my price range...sigh.

So tuned to my ears...exactly how bad would that sound to anyone with normal hearing? Ahh, who cares, it's my sound system!

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CDs are what I prefer

I prefer CDs over vinyl for the obvious reason that CDs are generally more durable. But as Simon mentioned, if one is new to these things, starting off with vinyl is a probably good idea!

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Speakers maketh the system

Thanks for this forum. I'm no hi-fi buff, but I agree with buddy plant that you need a great pair of speakers to appreciate the live GD sound. I recently got a pair of Goodman's full range speakers with horns and they're in a box bigger than apartments I've lived in. The first thing I played was the Winterland 77 and it sounded so sweet and powerful compared to previous speakers (Bose 601s).

With the CD/vinyl debate, I worked in record stores for 14 years and have been collecting both formats and IMHO, some bands sound better on compact disk remastered with 70+ minutes uninterupted, others sound worse on CD and should only be played as LPs where 20 minutes is all you need.

I liken it to movies: some films must be seen on the big screen, others can 'live' on DVD/video - it depends. The GD need the big sound and Phil's bass and the drum sound to sound like drums. That's why i don't get iPods and the like,.

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Thank you marye...

... for this topic. Without our home systems all we would be able to do is LOOK at our GD tapes, records, CD's, etc. And admittedly, while the cover art is fantastic on most of the GD albums, (Aoxomoxoa is just about as good as it gets- YMMV)...the real beauty is in the listening.
Most ardent vinyl fans claim the analog sound is a "warmer" sound than that of a CD. I believe this to be true, but the CD has it's advantages. It won't get snaps, crackles, and pops like a record gets. (I sure hope Rice Krispies haven't copyrighted that terminology). Also the CD won't deteriorate through everyday playing, the way a record's grooves can be worn out by the diamond stylus of the phonograph.
Of course (IMO) the speakers are the key link in the chain. I like my JBL's but I was pleasantly surprised to see the mentions of Klipsch speakers here. I think the horns give the speakers the articulation needed to hear everything clearly. Speakers are totally subjective, you listen and buy what ya like... Anyway, I know a certain 1973 GD fan who has a pair of Klipschorns and cranks em up real good from time to time... He may weigh in on this himself, huh what TC?!?! :))

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Vinyl is better...

...because the cover art is decent size. Well, someone had to start somwhere!

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