Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks and Why am I posting these?

Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks and Why am I posting these? (you might ask. Well, Neli did 🙂 ).

Neli doesn’t read comments when she is out-and-about on the Internet. But I do. Sometimes. And on YouTube, Stereophile, and many other places, sometimes over half of the comments have some very aggressive troll-like anti-audiophile sentiment.

The average person, a member of the general public, reading these, must think WTF? These angry nuts are so passionate with their attacks – can they be right?

Considering how often people believe ridiculous things these days just because the messenger is outrageously aggressive, this is a real worry if one has hopes, like we do, that more of the general public should join our hobby.

Some people [for example Michael Fremer and Myles Astor], counter this by publicly responding to the trolls – replying to their comments using either common sense or the troll’s own expletive-laden language.

Their responses help but the energy required to do this, by me anyway, would be difficult to sustain over time.

I am trying to weaken the trolls in a different way here by helping dispel any doubts about whether these trolls have a clue [they do not], and make sure that the readers of these Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks posts know exactly why what the trolls are saying is ridiculous and nothing but trolling.

Another purpose here is that when an audiophile reads these, it is upsetting. Here we are just grooving to the beat with as much fidelity we can afford, checking in what our friends are doing, seeing what’s new out there, and these angry haters show up?

One way to deal with this upset is to have seen these troll’s attacks before – and seen it dealt with in a calm, reasonable, logical, factual manner. Then, when we see these trolls, we can think “oh yeah, THAT one. Not just jerks but unimaginative ones at that”.

I am hoping these posts here on the Blog help do just that, but examining each of these class of troll attacks in the light of day and putting them to rest.

Perhaps we should go one step beyond and list copy-and-paste audiophile-approved pre-written responses that, if enough of us automatically post these as comments to the troll’s attack comments, might actually tire them out and make them go away.

Who are they? I think half of the trolls are just envious[who isn’t? we all want all the goodies, right? :-)] and the other half are dysfunctional men (or boys) who see another group they can bully.

[Personally, I also consider extremely negative anti-cable, anti-tube, anti-solidstate, anti-analog, anti-digital etc. comments as evidence that there is a troll about. There is overwhelming evidence that each of these technologies have a great deal to offer, albeit each with their drawbacks, that a reasonable person with adequate funds might indeed be making the exact right decision purchasing them. enuf said].

Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) MXR equipment rack for sale (demo) gloss black

Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) MXR equipment rack for sale (demo) gloss black automotive finish. Mint.

Our very well-loved MXR is finally up for sale. The gloss black is AWESOME looking. The ONLY reason we are selling, and it kills us, is that we want to make room for the newer, better, more expensive, and more configurable HRS VXR rack

MXR-4V-1921 (4-shelf capable, priced without shelves) NEW $22,000 with the special gloss black car paint [nearly unobtanium at any price]. Our DEMO $15,500

Solid Brace Inserts (used to support an isolation base with more than 4 feet, shown (below) on the top shelf of the MXR) New $1,500 (pair). Demo $900 (pair).

We also have a few demo M3 and M3x-1921 platforms as well.

We have a lot of experience with HRS products (dealers since 2003). Send us an email (mike+neli@audiofederation.com) or give Neli a call 303-546-6503 if you have any questions about the MXR, or any of HRS’ other pieces.

For those unfamiliar with this rack, maybe you have read about some turntable or another, how great it sounds because of some kind of special vibration isolation technology it uses. And make no mistake, turntables are way ahead of most other components when it comes to these technologies. But with the MXR, you can have BETTER vibration isolation than that turntable is able to provide, and with YOUR turntable, not just the latest and greatest $$$ table of the week. AND, of course, your other components are going to enjoy being protected from those nasty vibrations just as much as your turntable. The thing about the MXR that clinches it for us is that the benefits are consistent across different gear and changes to the system. Some other racks kind of improve things for that particular component on the second shelf, but the third shelf, nothing sounds good on THAT shelf. And the fourth shelf only sounds good on Tuesdays. And if you get a new component, everything changes. Some of the more expensive racks are really kind of like that, even though I am making fun here to get the point across. [These kind of unpredictable performance enhancements drove us crazy back-in-the-day – they were yet another thing for us to worry about].

The MXR… the equipment rack that helps you to relax…. 🙂

 

Without solid brace inserts

The pair of solid brace inserts

They are heavy

One solid brace insert installed [they just smoothly fit over the cups where the HRS platform feet usually go]

Two solid brace inserts installed.

EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player demo for sale

We are selling our demo EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player. Minty fresh condition.

XDS1 V1 NEW $25,000. Our DEMO $10,500 OBO.

Still one of the top players in the world, or you can upgrade to the recent V3 version for $7500 if you insist on the very best anywhere near this price range. [The V1 to V3 upgrade replaces the back panel and much of the internal circuitry].

We have a lot of experience with EMMLabs products (dealers since 2004), send us an email (mike+neli@audiofederation.com) or give Neli a call 303-546-6503 if you have any questions about the XDS1, or any of EMM Labs’ other pieces of exceptional high-end audio gear.

KEY FEATURES:
 One gain stage from DAC to output with fully discrete Class A circuitry
 MDAT™ signal processing technology
o Provides 2x DSD upsampling for SACD and PCM playback
o Preserves phase, frequency and dynamic integrity of waveform
 MDAC™ discrete dual differential D-to-A conversion circuit
 MFAST™ technology for instant signal acquisition, jitter-free performance
 High-isolation resonant mode power supply for silent, green operation
 Exclusive aerospace-grade composite laminate circuit boards
 Silky smooth Esoteric™ drive
 Sculpted, brushed aluminum chassis
o Low resonance, internally braced design with thick, machined sole plate
o Available in silver or black
 LCD display with four brightness levels and a display-off setting
 New precision-machined aluminum multifunction infrared remote control
 Remote-controllable polarity inversion performed in the digital domain
 PCM inputs via AES/EBU and Toslink
XDS1 CD/SACD PLAYER
Digital inputs: AES/EBU, TOSLINK
Digital outputs: AES/EBU, EMM Optilink
Stereo analog outputs: XLR and RCA
Output voltage: XLR outputs: 5V
RCA outputs: 2.5V
Output impedance: 300 ohms balanced (XLR)
150 ohms unbalanced (RCA)
System inputs: USB Port for software upgrades
Wired RS-232
External IR
Dimensions: W x D x H: 435 x 400 x 145mm
Weight: 17kg
Power consumption: max. 45 W