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ArthurDaniels Posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Hello to all my GE Forum buddies:

Let's just call the whole realm of add-ons "psycho-enhancements". I am no more immune to seeking the holy grail of sound than any of us. In my case, the quest has generally resulted in re-configuring what I have available. Thus far, I have resisted the siren's lure of the sonic enhancements discussed herein. Well, almost total resistance.....

I have just downloaded and installed a piece of software called "Fidelizer". This program is specifically designed to optimize my dedicated music laptop for playing music files, by shutting down all unnecessary Windows processes. Can I hear any difference? Perhaps I can. At least, I don't hear any musical regressions. Perhaps a "psycho-enhancement" for me.

I say that "psycho-enhancements" are a good thing. It doesn't matter what is really happening down among the tubes, wires, chips and all the other little discreet devices through which the electrical signals are coursing. What matters is what we hear -- and if we can hear it, it is there to be heard.

Not to mention the fun of striving to find musical nirvana.

Happy listening to all.

Art
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Moderator Posted 3 years 10 months ago
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In case you missed this: audiophilereview.com/audiophile-news/is-...fact-or-fiction.html

Interesting timing given this discussion and the issue of gear warm up...
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WayneWilmeth Posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Bro Art, I have a compatriot who could not get along with computer file based music at all until he discovered Fidelizer.
Moderator Dude, right on, timely.
Well said both of you, course it might be because I agree with you.
God Bless,
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God bless the child that's got his own.
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ArthurDaniels Posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Fidelizer installed and I have allowed it to do whatever magic it does on my dedicated music laptop. I am listening to music - all is well and both of my music player programs function post-Fidelizer.

Now, I am in the "psycho-enhancement evaluation stage". It is hard to be objective when the very essence of what I am experiencing is largely subjective. But, no matter... it sounds really good so far and that is good enough for me.

I have been trying to improvement my understanding of options available for reproducing music stored on digital flies. I have read a number of related articles and reviews of equipment. Without meaning to disparage any of the authors, nevertheless, I am more and more coming to the conclusion that my "psycho-enhancement" theory is spot on. What each of us hears and how we perceive what we hear are concepts so subjective that I don't believe any of us can objectively quantify in a physical sense what is happening. But, it does not matter. If I think it sounds better, then nothing else matters.

Has anyone thought about the constitution of the air in our listening room. How about the organic mixture of hydrogen, oxygen, moisture, and whatever else might be present in the room atmosphere? Surely, altering these elements will dramatically affect the movement of the sound pressure waves as they perambulate about the room. Just think of the possibilities which exist in this perhaps heretofore unexplored domain.

Have at it, guys...

And, enjoy your music while you tinker.

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ArthurDaniels wrote: Has anyone thought about the constitution of the air in our listening room. How about the organic mixture of hydrogen, oxygen, moisture, and whatever else might be present in the room atmosphere? Surely, altering these elements will dramatically affect the movement of the sound pressure waves as they perambulate about the room. Just think of the possibilities which exist in this perhaps heretofore unexplored domain.


Actually, the amount of relative humidity in the air will affect perceived bass performance. I worked with a scientist (physicist actually, who's professor in college was Enrico Fermi) who designed an electronics brand and his own speakers, that would not bother doing evaluations if the air was too dry in his listening room.

Hydrogen and Oxygen - all I know is if you don't have that you can't breath ... and I'm pretty sure that would shorten the listening session dramatically and lead to faulty, if any, conclusions. :sick:
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ArthurDaniels Posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Well, that's interesting....

Does increased atmospheric moisture make for increased bass?

Is the relationship between humidity levels and bass response linear or logarithmic?

Has anyone considered the implications of this finding and the concept of a "man-cave"? (or woman-cave?)

Suppose we placed a hot tub in the middle of the listening room.............?

The mind boggles at these new and exciting prospects for sound enhancement -- especially for bass heads.

The relative humidity in my little man/woman music cave is usually low - heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. But, in the Spring and Fall, with the systems turned off and the windows open, the room's moisture level is greater, but may also vary more with the time of day. A whole 'nuther set of variables...

I'll keep it in mind as part of my on-going investigations.

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