* Posts by Pristine Audio

87 posts • joined 31 May 2012


Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

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Re: Anecdotally …

My French mobile seems to do equally well in Spain, Italy and England on 4G and 4G+. Saw some gob-smacking speeds at the Spanish Grand Prix before everyone arrived and started using the extra services laid on - 206.57Mbps download reported by Speedtest on my S8.

Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: Not invented here syndrome

When Concorde flew overhead you knew it was Concorde - certainly by the 1990s it was much, much louder than anything else in the sky as it descended over SE London on its way to Heathrow. It was a regular sight when I lived there and sounded like a real monster. Nothing else came close.

Now I live in rural France. Occasionally French air force jets have flown over at supersonic speeds. You know they're supersonic because the impact on the house, while it's never broken windows, feels like an oil tanker must have crashed into the living room at speed. It's truly terrifying.

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: On air compression

A few years back I was involved as a studio engineer in the broadcast of a David Bowie session on Radio One live from BBC Maida Vale. The main engineer that night was my colleague, the legendary Mike Robinson. He'd spent all day getting the sound just right and didn't want to have it screwed up by the notorious "Optimod" radio processors then in use to make everything LOUD. So he called the then controller of Radio One and told him Bowie had refused to play unless the BBC switched out all processing and compression and the listeners got to hear the real thing.

This was of course bullshit. Bowie was standing next to me, chain-smoking Marlboros and listening to the soundcheck. But it worked... :-)

Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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It's a minor component part of the song - the court was right

I'm guessing the Sabrina Setlur track isn't to Andrew's taste then.

Listening to the two I am inclined to agree with the court. It's just a 2 second drum/rhythm loop which in itself is hardly massively original. It sits deep in the mix and isn't a major component of the song. It's a far cry from the way The Verve's poached strings featured in Bittersweet Symphony.

A line certainly needs to be drawn somewhere. But perhaps it takes a little more musical insight than the article here offers (beyond slagging off the 1997 track) to work out where that might be.

Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

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Re: The irony is

"The proper way to verify the sound output would be to do an ABX test between the master and the LP, and between the master and a CD / FLAC / WAV. If you can tell the difference its because the audio has been distorted or otherwise failed to capture frequency in the master. And that's BAD, not good."

And it won't sound the same, I can assure you. I have vinyl records that I've mastered digitally. I have tape masters that I didn't master but for which I also have the vinyl. They never sound like the master. Don't need to ABX them to listen for subtle differences, it's pretty clear...

Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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Re: This is one of my bugbears . . .

As much as I liked my Note 3 I couldn't go back to it from an S6 Edge+, despite missing the Micro-SD card (and to a lesser extent the battery). I would imagine you'd find the same with bells on if you switched to an S7.

As for covers, I've always loved the Samsung S covers - the window works well when taking/rejecting calls and the instant on with the S6 when paired with the watch I'm wearing means no fingerprint/log in when I open the case but a "secure" phone if my arm isn't within Bluetooth range.

Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

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Re: How can I tell if the update is applied?

"I have a Kindle Keyboard 3g which surely pre-dates 2013..."

Likewise. It took me almost five minutes to manually update it using the file on Amazon and a USB cable. I believe it rebooted once.

Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Shuttle have been selling fanless PCs for a few years now, albeit they're hardly high performance - but good enough to reliably deliver 60Hz HD video to our living room TV without a peep (or a whirr)

Samsung S7 tease suggests phone likes it hot and wet

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I'm looking at these pictures and I'm looking at my S6 Edge Plus and I'm seeing exactly the same phone....

Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: Just give me a frikking keyboard!

I have a couple of Bluetooth keyboards of different sizes. Can I type quicker than I can Swype? No. Do I want a keyboard on a phone? No

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Re: Not impressed with S6 edge plus

S6 edge plus - best phone I've ever had. Replaced my Note 3 with one in September and absolutely no regrets. Swype keyboard works perfectly, BTW...

The pachyderm punch: El Reg takes just-over-a-ton Elephone P8000 to tusk

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Re: I'm curious...

@Rob Daglish - replacing the battery on the Note 8 isn't that tricky. Sounds like you could use a new one.

They’re FAT. They’re ROUND. They’re worth almost a POUND. Smart waaatch, smart waaatch

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Re: Too Fat and Too many pounds

If my LG watch is anything to go by, weight isn't a problem. By comparison to similarly-sized conventional watches it's much, much lighter. To me that's a bonus, albeit not a major selling point.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Moan Moan Moan

Well I like it, so far.

Strap-on fiddle factor: We poke ten Apple Watch apps

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Re: Early days...

I caught a TGV out of Paris last week. Having the SNCF app I'd previously installed on my Android phone pop up on my LG watch and tell me which platform to head to in advance of arrival at the somewhat disorientating station (it had also been nagging me to get a move on some time before) proved remarkably useful.

Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

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Just tried it on some GoPro skiing footage

Don't care what it's called, it's bloody good! Very, very impressive results.

Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

>In the UK, music copyright expires after 50 years - so anything before 1964 is now "free" unless reprotected. Over the next few years all the classic recordings of the 1960's and 1970's become free of copyright unless someone recreates the copyright

Incorrect. It's being gradually ramped up to 70 years. Everything from 1963 onwards remains in copyright until 2034 thanks to hard lobbying by the music industry of the EU. Funnily enough that keeps everything recorded by The Beatles in copyright with the exception of their first single.

Expect to see a push to extend copyright to 90 years in the early 2030s...

Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Trickle it in

This would raise revenue considerably because you could make licenses available world-wide, safe in the knowledge that overseas viewers would actually be paying for the BBC and not just freeloading it.

No you couldn't, because the programmes shown on the BBC are licensed and sold on a per-territory basis. The BBC couldn't sell general access outside the UK - just as you can't legitimately buy a UK Sky card outside the country or get the UK's iPlayer service (there's something else for international subscribers that shows old programmes).

Of course there are well-known hoops some people jump through in order to get decoder cards, usually to watch Sky Sports, but "officially" it doesn't happen.

Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: "Never noticed the problem"

...100Hz TVs...

If you have a high-hertz-rate TV (I think ours is 400Hz) will the TV's own interpolation effectively resolve the Chromecast flicker issue? I've never noticed anything amiss with ours.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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does the S-pen become indispensable, or does it remain a merely 'nice-to-have' feature?

I guess that depends entirely on the user. I use mine occasionally rather than regularly, so I guess I fall into the latter category, but I do use it and when I do I'm glad it's there.

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Re: Support From Larger MicroSD cards

And I have 128GB in my Note 3

VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: Vinyl introduces a lot of failings

Vinyl has one MASSIVE advantage - it is a direct measurement of the sound being reproduced.

It's an approximation, an analogue copy representing an electrical signal in the limited resolution of a piece of plastic. That's why it has limited dynamic range, roughly equivalent to 12-13 bit digital and various forms of harmonic distortion appear both above and below the frequencies being reproduced.

A photocopy is an analogue copy - look at a fourth or fifth generation photocopy, or listen to a tape to tape to tape to tape copy, then consider the record manufacturing process of analogue copies of master tapes -> disc master -> father copy -> mother copy -> stampers -> vinyl. At each stage there will inevitably be some deterioration in the reproduction, albeit much less than the two examples given here. That's what happens in the analogue world as you progress from one generation to the next.

Vinyl may offer "a direct measurement of the sound being reproduced" but it's a flawed one, and what is digital audio if not a "measurement of the sound being reproduced"?

Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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I run a record company. One of our longest releases in its 24-bit FLAC version (a Wagner opera) takes up 2.6GB. So if I want to carry much of this kind of thing around with me I do need a lot of space, hence the big MicroSD.

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Depends on how you use it. My Note 3 phone (32GB) has a 128GB MicroSD card in it that I bought when I'd filled the original 64GB card. I certainly wouldn't by a tablet without a card slot.

This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Re: Metal/Glass phones

Get a Samsung S-View cover. Replaces the back with a leather-type cover that opens like a book (turning the screen on as it does), looks smart, and protects the phone. I don't particularly care for the plastic backs on Samsung phones, but I've not used one since I got mine. Brilliant idea!

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Re: Really in the post KitKat World.... (Or the shape of things to come?)

Whats's that Movies and Music? Isn't this what the Cloud was made for? I for One love XBMC (Movies), and Google Music... For umm Music streaming.

You're assuming the cloud is everywhere and permanently available. It may be to you but it certainly isn't out here in the sticks where I live in rural France. Or when I'm on a plane. Or if I visit another country and don't want horrendous roaming costs. That's why I stuck a 128GB SD RAM card into my Note 3 and filled it with good music. Google Music is fine for what it is, but it's not comprehensive WRT my musical tastes and sometimes you can find yourself wrestling with it to get it to play what you want. Movies on a phone screen? Not at my age with my eyesight, even on a Note 3! But music, absolutely, yes.

No way would I buy a phone without a memory slot. The more the merrier.


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Re: There is a solution to this

Should've used plastic instead of metal

4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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You have to train your eyes???

>“We have an engineer in the (PHL) lab who says that while maybe you can’t see the difference initially, you can feel the difference. I used to scold him for that, saying that’s not an argument, but sure enough after a little while of viewing this stuff when I go back to a Full HD panel the first thing I notice is the pixel grid in the display, and it bothers me.”

Sounds suspiciously like the kind of crap you hear from certain elements in the hi-fi industry about 24-bit audio vs. 16-bit audio...

Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

I stuck a 128GB memory card in my Note 3. Result? 160GB of memory, no spinning disc, much greater flexibility. The iPod Classic is indeed obsolete.

Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: That's some serious spin.

>I'm not seeing anything that looks like a redefinition in the specifications. Anyone care to elaborate?

It's a phone. You don't need to carry a mobile.

Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

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Re: What is Hachette contributing?

>And what exactly is Amazon contributing for its 30%??? Nothing to assist in the creative (or marketing) process, I suspect...

A vast global market for the product, coupled with delivery infrastructure, reading software and products, and a retailing environment that works brilliantly well.

Of course there's no reason why Hachette (and others) couldn't do the same thing, but having just visited their website I saw nothing to suggest I could buy a book from them directly, electronically or otherwise. Why is this?

Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Wobbly ZX81 16k RAM packs! Used to sit the computer on a book so the RAM pack would dangle over the edge and not get knocked. Happy hours typing in machine code from Your Sinclair only to get a single digit wrong and crash the whole thing. Them were't days....

Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: A fool and his money are easily parted.


Brilliant! Even better than the €500 audiophile USB cables I was told about recently...

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The frequency response of the multitrack tapes on which Neil Young's early recordings would have been made wouldn't be much different to that of a CD, whilst the dynamic range would be considerably lower. The masters likewise. As the author says, there's unlikely to be anything much of musical value above 20kHz on the masters, even if anyone could actually hear it.

I my experience of checking out high quality modern digital 96Khz and 192kHz classical recordings from the likes of Linn, what you're mainly getting is silence and the upper harmonics of electronic interference. Musically speaking only the occasional cymbal (and very little else) does much beyond about 22kHz.

Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Re: Zero compression

>I understand you can get even better results dubbing digital-to-analog on a high-end quarter-inch open-reel deck.

I have a couple of high end Studer open-reel tape machines. If I wasted my time copying digital recordings onto tape I could enjoy added tape hiss. Mmmm

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Re: "Side A plays from the inside out"

Records that played from the inside out were common in broadcasting before tape. But yes, you need a non-automatic turntable to play them.

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Re: There's a kind of inverted bell curve to vinyl...

When the first vinyl records were released they were heavy so as to seem familiar to the shellac discs they replaced. The thickness of the vinyl has no real bearing on sound quality - there are a hundred and one other ways in which this was and is compromised as a master tape makes its way to a vinyl master. Cramming more and more onto a side is the biggest culprit here.

But the modern fetish for 45rpm heavy virgin vinyl is more about extracting cash from mugs. I've heard significantly better sound quality from regular mint 80s pressings than from the modern allegedly audiophile equivalent. And both are beaten hands down in just about every way (apart from added distortion, rumble, wow and flutter, dynamic range limitation etc.) by any halfway competent digital reproduction.

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Re: Compression can be good.

Decca started issuing FFRR recordings in 1945 and LPs in 1950, so your albums aren't "early". In fact most Decca vinyl pressings in the early days were pretty grim and sounded much better in their Ace Of Clubs budget reissues at the end of the 50s and thereafter.

Personally, given the choice between mint 50s vinyl and mint 70s or 80s vinyl of the same recording I'd go for the 80s unless there was a very good reason not to.

(This all refers to classical music releases, BTW)

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Re: @M Gale

I have a Rega Planar 78 (based on the Planar 2) which runs at one speed and one speed only: 78rpm. But it's also set up with 78rpm stylii which are designed to fit shellace grooves that are around 4 times wider than vinyl microgrooves, and would sound pretty grim on this release - if any of the narrower ones could actually track the groove.

I suspect the reason, beyond total gimmick, for the higher speeds "under the label" is due to huge treble drop-off at the centre thanks to the much reduced linear velocity of the grooves that close to the hole. Given the way regular LPs suffer end-of-side distortion, those faster centre grooves must sound abysmal. I'm guessing they're not expecting many people to actually bother setting systems up to play them.

One final thing that demands correction: a completely mint shellac 78 is very shiny. When I see a 78 with a matte finish I give it a very wide berth as it's clearly completely shagged from being played to death, usually with a very heavy steel needle.

Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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Re: Trouble with the ipod is, most everyone who wants one, has got one apparently.

>The only exception to that rule seem to be kids who're just old enough to write "ipod" on their wish lists...

My son got a mid-range Samsung phone for his 13th birthday and I stuck a spare 32GB SD card in it. I haven't seen his old 4th generation iPod Nano for a long time...

OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

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>Has memory management in Android improved since the release of the Galaxy Note 1, or is it still bad?

Yes, hugely. My Note 1 was the same. No such issues with my Note 3.

Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: We don't need no steenkin' PonoPlayers

>All that Neil needs to do is to persuade music download sites and app stores to supply uncompressed audio.

Try Qobuz.com - they sell non-lossy downloads in a multitude of formats (compressed and uncompressed, CD quality and higher) and have a streaming service that lets you choose between 320kbps MP3 and CD-quality FLAC. They've been around here in France for a while - they launched in the UK last December, apparently.

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Re: Am i being a numpty

>or isn't FLAC lossless???

The FLACs I play on my Galaxy Note 3 certainly are.

Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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I took my Note 3 skiing on Sunday. Fortunately I wasn't water-skiing.

App to manage Android app permissions

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I'd say the Guardian's headline is rather less ridiculous than the present article suggests:

>Conservative party deletes archive of speeches from internet

>Decade's worth of records is erased, including PM's speech praising internet for making more information available

Come on, Andrew, the Tories can fight their own battles. You don't need to win the next election for them...

Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

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Re: 2/3rds running iOS7

100% of iPads here are runnign iOS5 - but then they're both iPad 1s and never even got the chance to see how slowly they'd run on iOS6...

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Three Note 3 Fails

I was planning to use the FM Radio on my Note 1 for English commentary at the Spanish Grand Prix this year. Then I remembered I was using Bluetooth headphones...

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Re: Speedy!

I think it depends on the Gallery's "Content to display" settings - you can set it up to open online libraries (e.g. Dropbox, Facebook, Picasa) as well as locally held files. This may slow things down a bit...

Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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Re: Still not enough

>Users don't just want the Start button back. They want the start MENU back.

Not bloody likely, thanks. After using Windows 8, going back to a Win7 installation is horrible - especially the crappy Start Menu!



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