Our discussion forums are a great place to ponder your most interesting audio-related thoughts and get others’ opinions. We’ve summed up the liveliest discussions for you in this convenient section.

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To clean new/sealed records or not to clean?

On December 5, 2013

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Audiogoner Robertsong asks the vinylheads: “I have some sealed albums that I want to play for the first time. Should I clean with a solution first? I know Mofi makes a “Super Deep Cleaner” which can be used for this purpose.” Mofimadness I clean every, (new and used) record before it touches my turntable. I […]

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What does “voiced” mean to you?

On December 4, 2013

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Member, Unsound, asks,”Often times [here], reference is made to a product being “voiced.” I’m curious what exactly that might mean to Audigoners.” What do you think?  Comment below! Brf The term is “typically” used in reference to speakers. A designer will have a vision as to how their speakers should sound. The designer’s speakers can […]

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Which Songs Make Your Spirits Bright?

On December 4, 2013

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Which songs bring out your festive mood?  Audiogon member, SonicBeauty, posed that question after discovering Faith Hill’s Joy To The World CD. Despite not being a huge country fan and preferring the classics (Nat “King” Cole and Bing Crosby), “Faith Hill is just glowing with incredible class.” Rlwainwright I have always enjoyed Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas […]

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Using New Music as a Mental Reward

On December 2, 2013

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Does this comic strike a chord with you? Regardless of age or digital download adoption rate,  consuming single tracks like fast food hamburgers is actually bad for us.  That’s because hearing new music and sounds actually activates the reward center of our brains, the nucleus accumbens, according to a recent study from Toronto’s Rotman Research […]

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Music In the Mind

On November 27, 2013

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We’ve posted the Audiophile’s Brain map before, but here’s the real science.  With functional MRI and CT imaging, we can see how various regions of the brain “light up” in response to music.   We’d love to hear thoughts from anyone in the scientific community about this topic!

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Are Redbook CDs Obsolete?

On November 18, 2013

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If cassette tapes contributed to the decline of vinyl and CDs did the same to cassettes, does that mean Digital Downloads are killing off CDs? Audiogon member and frequent forum contributor, Bifwynne, say no. “[Redbook] technology is NOT obsolete. By contrast, if the music industry was less lazy and profit driven, and we the consumer less […]

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Is Burn-in a Lie?

On November 13, 2013

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In the Fall 2000 issue of The Audio Critic magazine, Peter Aczel wrote: The Burn-in Lie “This widely reiterated piece of B.S. would have you believe that audio electronics, and even cables, will “sound better” after a burn-in period of days or weeks or even month (yes, months).  Pure garbage.  Capacitors will “form” in a […]

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Record Clamps – Do They Make a Difference?

On November 5, 2013

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Audiogoner Elegal wonders whether record clamps make a difference.  He asks, “I have a Sota Sapphire that I love. I recently purchased the reflex clamp. I cannot tell a difference. Perhaps they matter when you have an older record that is somewhat warped?” Chayro There are many threads discussing the pros and cons of record clamping, […]

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Which Sounds More Analog – TT with SS Amp or CD with Tube Amp?

On November 5, 2013

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Audiogon Member, Mceljo asks, “For perspective, I will be turning 36 next week so I didn’t grow up listening to vinyl and have never really experienced tube amplification. I am getting a Yaqin EL34 tube integrated in the next couple of weeks and my dad thought it would be fun to use his vintage turntable […]

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Calling All Horn Lovers

On October 16, 2013

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Audiogon member Bander is interested in finding out why you prefer horns over other types of speakers. What do you like most and least about them? (The usual problems being size and an aesthetic that doesn’t pass the Spouse Approval Factor…) Here’s what some of our member experts had to say: Shakeydeal Dynamics and that “jump” […]

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