3: A Deep Dive Interview with Andrew Jones, The Speaker Designer Who's Breaking The Rules of the Audiophile Industry

Today’s show is a real treat.  We got to sit down with Andrew Jones (Of TAD / Pioneer Fame) of ELAC.  We’d first heard of Andrew a couple years ago when he made these insanely affordable Elac Debut B6 Speakers (See Episode 1 for A Review of these $250 marvels) and he continues to break new ground with the new Elac Adante ($2500, available mid-2017).  Andrew’s attention to detail and unwillingness to compromise much in the way of sound, despite low cost, is what has propelled him to “guru” status in the Audiophile world.

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2: Michael's System, and The Great Headphone Bake-Off, Starring 1MoreUSA, Audio-Technica, & Mr. Speaker

Today Michael tells the story of how he fell down the rabbit whole of audiophilia and walks us through his reference system.  Then, we do the Great Headphone Bake-Off, volume 1, testing $100 vs $150 vs $1800 headphones.  A pretty fascinating…and unexpected result from that test!

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Educational Moments/Power Tips:

  • 09:28 – Apple TV; For audio it’s bad. Because Apple TV is designed for video which is 16bit/48hz. So it changes whatever you send it.
  • 19:20 – Tidal tip: on portable devices you can download hi-res files/playlists.
  • 24:43 – When you start spending a considerable amount of money on high end headphones you generally need an amp to go with them.
  • 32:40 – To consider when selecting your headphones:
    • Are they comfortable?
    • Do they fit your head?
    • Can you wear them for a long period of time?
  • 36:20 – Try to find sound designers who you like, find out how their ear works and what gear they use when creating

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1: Origin of Beginner Audiophile, Paul's System Walkthrough, Testing PS Audio Sprout/ELAC System

Origin of Beginner Audiophile.  Our audiophile stories. What IS an audiophile.  Tour of Paul’s system.  We test the ELAC B6 and Sprout.

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Topics of discussion:

  • Audiophilia
  • Home theater setup
  • Hi definition audio
  • File types: FLAC, MP3
  • Timbre
  • Where to start
  • Radio history quickie
  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Headphones
  • Synergy
  • Closed back vs open back headphones
  • Room setup, acoustics, speaker placement
  • DAC – digital audio converter
  • Types of cables/connections

Quotables:

  • ”If you’ve never heard of it it’s probably pretty good”
  • “Your music should sound like…”
  • ”You don’t listen to speakers you listen to rooms”

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