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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RichW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2015 at 9:25am
That's more likely to be the case.
With this dealer's argument, surely any HiFi equipment built with internal cabling, or indeed a printed circuit board 'wears out' after a few years & must be replaced - how nice for the dealer Party
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Yes, it's almost admirable to warn unsuspecting hi-fi owners of their peril!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dave Friday Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2015 at 11:39pm
Well one amp I'm using is from 1974! I wonder why it still works,and sounds the same as I remember when I use to repair them in the 70 's.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fatmangolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2015 at 9:52pm
I'd almost forgotten what this thread sounded like...

When I played REM's Green this evening, I realised it had been some years since I last played it. Whilst enjoying the songs I noticed backing tracks I hadn't heard before and it generally sounded better IMO. Another example of auditory recollection that suggests the 4/8 second science has been taken out of context.

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With apologies for resurrecting a 5 year old thread !) Regarding the 4/8 second memory thing, i'd always need to refer to the original study to make a proper judgment on the validity of the statement. In context it may well be referring to one very specific circumstance and aspect of audio memory. I seriously doubt the study concluded that people can't remember what music sounds like or indeed what the relative bass/mid/high levels of a particular amp are. I suspect it might refer to less tangible aspects such as instrument placement in a soundstage, which between two phono amps, for example, might be very subtle.
Anyway, it sounds like the kind of study I'd enjoy reading so if anyone has a link to the research please do let me know!Smile
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Originally posted by abmscopes abmscopes wrote:

Regarding the 4/8 second memory thing, i'd always need to refer to the original study to make a proper judgment on the validity of the statement. In context it may well be referring to one very specific circumstance and aspect of audio memory.

I agree, Scopes. A short-term auditory-memory-test might go something like this:

  1. Subject listens to a three-second sine wave at X Hz and X db-level.
  2. One second of silence, then...
  3. Subject hears the same three-second sine wave, but it's a decibel louder or softer.
Assuming that most people can identify that the second pitch is a smidge louder or softer (if not, use a 2-db difference), repeat the text, progressively increasing the interval of silence. Two seconds, 5, seconds, 30 seconds... Most people, I'm betting, will not be able to remember a one-decibel change for long.

If we were to play a recording of a revving motorcycle, then switch to the sound of a flock of crows cawing as they fly over a straw man, anyone with normal hearing will be able to note the changed sound, even after the passing of years.

But for remembering a tiny change in volume or other subtleties, four seconds might be about right.

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