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09/21/17 at 18:37:05


1  AUDIO FORUMS / Music / Re: What's spinning?
 on: Today at 18:35:55 
Started by Lon | Post by SonicSeeker
So far;
Andreas Vollenweider  White winds
Alan Parsons Project best of
Roxy Music Avalon

2  AUDIO FORUMS / Music / Re: What's spinning?
 on: Today at 18:31:13 
Started by Lon | Post by Lon
That's an interesting two cd set. A friend gave that to me as he had gone out and gotten all the cds that are excerpted in that compilation and wanted me to explore Porcupine Tree. I went out and bought all those discs too (though I confess I don't listen to them often, I prefer the later Porcupine Tree) and so I gave the two cd set away . . . to someone who has since gotten the cds excerpted in this set and given it away to another. . . .

3  AUDIO FORUMS / Replacement Tubes / Re: 807 Tubes?
 on: Today at 18:30:44 
Started by SonicSeeker | Post by SonicSeeker
They seem well balanced, very revealing and clear with a generous amount of detail.
I really like what I am hearing so far.

4  AUDIO FORUMS / Music / Re: What's spinning?
 on: Today at 18:14:11 
Started by Lon | Post by Core32
Remastered on Tidal:

5  AUDIO FORUMS / Classifieds / Re: FS: Decware ZDZD $900.00
 on: Today at 17:01:44 
Started by rodge827 | Post by rodge827
Thank you JofA  8-)

6  AUDIO FORUMS / Music / Re: What's spinning?
 on: Today at 13:40:37 
Started by Lon | Post by Crazy Bill the Eel Killer
Got the MoFi and DCC Agualung, this one tounces them both

7  AUDIO FORUMS / Music / Re: What's spinning?
 on: Today at 13:21:53 
Started by Lon | Post by Lon

 on: Today at 11:13:20 
Started by SonicSeeker | Post by Lon
Thanks Randy. Fiscally, not the smartest move. BUT. . . I think I'll have a lot of fun with it.

 on: Today at 06:28:38 
Started by SonicSeeker | Post by Bottlehead
Congrats, Lon! I know that you are going to love it!

10  AUDIO FORUMS / Analog Tape   / Re: Inaugural Decware Tape Tour - Review Intro
 on: Today at 06:25:46 
Started by Jeff of Arabica | Post by Jeff of Arabica
Decware Tape Tour Review #3:  The Dicks Hat Band

This was dubbed from the 30 IPS master tape, the highest of the three reel copies.  Just a quick note on tape speed.  Generally speaking, the faster the speed, the better the sound quality.  This is due primarily to a better signal to noise ratio and wow and flutter specifications, as well as improved frequency response.

Im going to keep this one short.  It gives someone else a chance to elaborate more on this particular tape.  Also, I did some real-time A/B comparison using my Zen Switch Box on The Palomino Mix tape, since that was the only tape I could pull up many of the tracks for comparison on my R2R and Tidal streaming service.  That will take an effort to write up.  

Anyway, back to this fine tape.  I really enjoyed the music very much.  I had never heard music from this band prior, but I found it to be really nice.  The tape resolved the soundstage very well.  This is a multi-piece band and the instrument separation was very good.  It had nice depth and the width was moderate.  From a stage performance, it was as wide as I would have expected with the positioning of the performers.  This was definitely a toe tapping performance.  

There was a lot going on in this tape from brass, percussion, strings, vocals, and keys.  This SVHS reproduced the instruments accurately, with a pleasant analog warmth.  This made for a tape that was very easy to listen to.  Despite some high-pitch peaks and volume shifts, never was it tizzy or brittle.

The frequency range on this tape was the most profound of all the three master tape dubs.  The highs were there, and very present at times, but it was the bass extension that made this tape so fun to listen to.  The sound was viscous, but not in a sluggish, or muddled way.  The range of instruments made for a complex sound and I felt the tape presented this performance in a very smooth manner.  

For those not too familiar with the analog tape sound signature, when you commit to diving into these tapes head first and really get familiar with their sound characteristic, when you then go back to a digital source, it will certainly be an ah-ha moment.  If you are curious as to what analog tape sounds like, or need some re-familiarization, this Tape Tour will do it guaranteed.