Monthly Archives: March 2013

News from the Audio Club of Johannesberg.

I thought this was a brilliant send up of militant audio subjectivism when I posted it on AK today.  However, everyone else pretty much ignored it, probably wondering if I had gone off the deep end completely.


Accused Murderer Oscar Pistorius Changes Plea.

Published March 22, 2013

Dissociated Press
JOHANNESBURG – A lawyer for Oscar Pistorius says he has decided to change his plea in the murder trial of model Reeva Steenkamp to, “Innocent By Reason of Subjectivity.” According to Pistorius’ lead attorney Pearce Harrimon, “The mainstream media has widely reported that my client shot and killed Ms. Steenkamp. This is a blatant and cynical misstatement of his actions. In reality, just prior to his arrest, Mr. Pistorius was engaging in the act of “Re-Capping” his girlfriend, in a mutually agreed attempt to improve her performance.”

Harrimon went on to explain that while some may consider the small steel capacitors used on Ms. Steenkamp to be harmful to important aspects of her functioning, “Oscar was there. He heard and saw the results with his own eyes, and reported being extremely satisfied with the results of his efforts. How could anyone in their right mind challenge his direct and personal experience confirming that a person he knew well, a person he had lived with was, in fact, ‘substantially improved?’”

In a written statement to the court, Pistorius explained his position. “I am not a doctor. But, I do know what I hear and see. The modifications we performed resulted in a more ‘open’ Reeva. Background noise was virtually eliminated. Others had recommended lead caps. Some traditionalists advised against any re-capping at all, despite the fact that Reeva was over 30 years old! I’m so glad I did what I did. Reeva is back in my system with steel and polyester replacing the old chemical technology. All I can say is that, guys, if you are thinking about this, try it. It works great!”

“Guilty? You have to be kidding,” added Harrimon. “That’s just a bunch of meter-reading idiots showing how little they know about measuring life. My client is more than innocent, he’s a trend setter!”

Help! I can’t find myself!!

re: China Now

Other than the gratuitous final paragraph, this is an insightful and clear overview of the political situation in China.

I knew right away who would be #1!!


My toothless past
Can bite my ass.

Jealousies of the Super-Ego.

To attribute another’s behavior to their personal motives, while attributing one’s own behavior purely to circumstance.  I call that an Attributional Error.  (Rather frivolously.)

 “You are doing what you want to.  I am doing what I must.”

 Then there is the Retributional Error.  That is attributing one’s behavior to others, while attributing other’s behavior to choice.

 “You demand that I do this, while you demand nothing of yourself.”

NHT VT-2 Comments (Reply to AK inquiry.)

Flipping the switch on on the VT-2 does two things.

1- In “audio” mode,  the main lobe of the speakers is tilted inward, in order to partially simulate the NHT 21 degrees schtick. In “video” mode, the primary axis is directly forward from the speaker baffle, as is more conventional. This changes the direct/reflected ratio to give the audio mode more focus/sweetspot and the video mode more coverage/spatiousness.

2- In the “audio” mode, the crossover attempts to maintain a textbook transition between the drivers, leading to a very clean impulse response. In “video” mode, the frequency bands of the drivers overlap slightly. While having almost no effect on the frequency response or tonal balance, this makes the impulse response less sharp, and creates the kind of stereo imaging I believe is more appropriate for video use, with widened sources, less specific lateralization.

I always liked the VT-2’s personally. They had a solidity, dynamics and power handling that seemed to work well for rock music, good acoustic jazz and, of course, soundtracks. It was also a time that NHT was walking down new roads of exploration, treating the temporal and spatial response of speakers with as much thought and care as frequency response, to try and get control of aspects of the sound that were generally considered trial and error in a design.


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