|SoundStage! Feedback: February 1999
February 23, 1999
To the Editor:
February 20, 1999How about reviewing (in order of priority):
3.Sunfire Grand Cinema amplifier
4.Marantz MA-500 and MA-700 Amplifiers
A great online magazine!
February 12, 1999
To: Marc Mickelson
Knowing that you are a fan of "the
master," Bob Dylan, I was surprised to read your thoughts on Time Out of Mind;
A record to die from? Admittedly, some of the hype was somewhat overdone on this one, but
So...why were you so negative on this one? Yes, Daniel Lanois is heavy-handed, but despite him, this album is uniformly good. I, too, go way back with Dylan; I first saw him in the coffee houses in the Village; since then, he has been a part of our family; my two sons were weaned on Dylan. Let's hope he continues to be vital.
Hi Larry: First, I'm glad to hear from someone who also admires Dylan the way I do. I picked Time Out of Mind for a R2D4 not because it's awful but because it's way overrated in my opinion. I still dislike Daniel Lanois' heavy-handed production (he was much more unobtrusive on Oh Mercy).
I think there were two ways to handle the material on Time Out of Mind, which I agree is good at its core: Let people like Tchad Blake/Mitchell Froom caress it into a world of its own (with DYLAN at the center) or minimalize it to just good playing in the service of great music. I bet this would have happened if Dylan hadn't recorded his back-to-back "unplugged" discs (Good As I Been to You, World Gone Wrong). In any case, although Time Out of Mind doesn't belong with Dylan's masterpieces (Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, and Blood on the Tracks) or near masterpieces (including John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Infidels, The Basement Tapes, and others), it's still better than almost anything by anyone else--which is why we call him "the master."
February 12, 1999
I am very interested in the Shun Mook Belle Voce speakers, but as you probably know they are difficult to find. I've actually listened to them and found they were the most beautiful sounding speakers I've ever heard - from the midrange up.
Since some of your SoundStage! crew heard both the Signature and the Reference version of the Belle Voces, could you tell me what, if any, difference you heard between the two?
Also, in my brief session with the Belle Voces I felt the bass region sounded somewhat boxy and over-emphasized? Did you percieve this in hearing them at the show? (Someone I know who heard them said just the opposite - that he'd rarely heard such control and pitch definition before from a speaker).
I spoke to the Shun Mook fellows. They said they were going to send you a pair to review. Is this true?
Thanks for writing. I was very impressed with the Bella Voce Signature and Reference speakers at the CES, and yes, Shun Mook is sending the Reference speakers for review in SoundStage!
In all honesty, the differences between the Signature and Reference speakers were hard to discern--too many unknown components in use, including the speakers themselves. The Reference speakers sounded very good down low driven by Lamm ML2 monoblocks. The Signatures, driven by Wavelength amps, were played at a lower level, but I detected nothing out of the ordinary from what I heard.
If it seems plausible, we will look into a follow-up review of the Signature model of the speakers too...Marc Mickelson
February 11, 1999
Is there an approximate date we can expect the Totem Arro review?
I've heard 'em, I like 'em.
I'm hedging on the purchase of a pair at a very reasonable price and would like a second opinion before I make the plunge.
Cheers, and keep up the awesome work guys!
We expect the Totem Arro review by Todd Warnke to be online either in March or April 1 at the very latest...DAS
February 10, 1999
To: Doug Schneider
I am aware from some prior correspondence, as well as reading and seeing comments from other sources, how helpful and unselfish you are; and that you are indeed a rare gentleman in every sense of the word.
In much that same spirit, I find your Dealers Online classifieds to be high in potential; and, at least at this point in time, below par in actual delivery. And the fault is not yours; rather it lies with the failure of the participating dealers to maintain the timeliness of their information. There are far too many ad postings that are 6 to 10 months old. If some of the dealers do not take this resource seriously, then it only hurts those dealers who are motivated because it undermines the usefulness of the overall effort.
I read and patronize your website continually; and as a gesture of support and respect, follow the links to many of your advertisers. I admire you for what you are attempting to do and I would suggest that your less "mature" dealers be encouraged to treat their potential customers with the same attitude of caring and concern that is so evident in your personal actions and behavior.
February 8, 1999
Did you post the date and location of the Montreal Festival du son...? Is their web site up again this year?
The date of the annual show in Montreal is March 19 through 21, 1999. Once again it will be held downtown at the Delta Montreal and we will have a full team covering it. Their web-site is up at www.hifiexpo.com...Doug Schneider
February 4, 1999
I think I speak for most of the guys (any gals?)
posting to this board that a discussion group dedicated to all things analog/vinyl
was a long time coming, and who better to implement it than SoundStage!? My hope
is that a group like those currently involved who seem interested in sharing ideas,
opinions and experiences relating to vinyl doesn't somehow degenerate into another Audio
Review-type flamefest, where one has to search long and hard for a relevant and topical
exchange of info between the name calling and incessant digressions. My fingers remain
crossed. (BTW -- 2 months in a row with no
February 2, 1999
To: Doug Blackburn
I just LOVE your reviews and column on SoundStage! as well as your Talk Online posts and articles in Positive Feedback magazine - a lot of what you've written has really "turned my head around." I'm reminded of that old Firesign Theater title, "Everything You Know is Wrong" (meaning, uh, ME).
One problem this month, though - I can't seem to PRINT OUT your column here at the Public Library as I was successfully able to do in the past, and with this month's excellent "Synergizing" column. Could you or the SoundStage! webmaster fix this, please? Reading it off the screen takes a rather large chunk of the 1/2 hr. increments I get here at the library, and I want to be able to refer back, too.
You are likely having trouble printing the page because it is now presented in an HTML 'frame.' The way to overcome this is to use a browser that supports printing from a specific 'frame' window...Doug Schneider