Lots a joking going around but I totally agree with this step. I always start my system up for 30 minutes+ before sitting down to enjoy the music.
Clearly a more balanced sound, specially noticable in the higher frequencies, which come through with a more organic, natural timber. Voices also profit from this warm-up, more so for female singers (heck we all know how they like to be warmed up).
Finally, someone who isn't hell-bent on busting my beans! Thanks.
It's okay Eli, I feel ya. And before anybody accuses you of anything or destroying the paragon of science (how DARE YOU?!? ), you aren't making any scientific claims. You are telling us your experience. I'm split about the issue. Sometimes, I notice that I start to really enjoy the music about 30-45 minutes in. But, I couldn't point to anything specific and it could just be my ears clearing up or me playing close attention. That UPA-2 is lovely isn't it? I leave mine turned on most of the day. Thank you for letting us know.
Last Edit: Mar 5, 2012 21:23:31 GMT -5 by garbulky
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Post by Eli & Oscar on Mar 5, 2012 21:56:14 GMT -5
Thanks, gar. I have taken to turning my system on in the morning, as well. I generally tune the squeezebox to 'net radio (jazz or classical) and let it serve as background as I work in my office (system is in a different room), and then when I'm ready to sit down and enjoy music and only music, I switch to my CDP or high-res files through the squeezebox. Pure enjoyment!
In the past I've thought it makes a difference, and sometimes I still do. I really don't hear a difference with my Emo gear, but I swear I've heard a difference with some other gear I've had. So I'm torn. It doesn't matter though. What you hear is what you hear, and whatever steps you need to take to have a better experience, then more power to ya.
Post by paintedklown on Mar 6, 2012 5:29:37 GMT -5
I am in the "maybe" camp on this one. Not because of the amps, cd players, pre/pros, etc. But because of the speakers themselves. Not sure how much difference I can hear but I read long ago (regarding car audio) that speakers sound fuller, and have better bass response once warmed up.
That has stuck with me all these years for some reason. To be 100% honest, I don't think the narrow temperature fluctuations for home audio gear has the same impact.
Either way, I am constantly turning the volume up or down, just "playing around" with things, that I couldn't tell you if there is a real difference or not. If it is there, it's quite subtle, and certainly not going to change your perception of a speakers performance.