427Re: How to play in true mono?
- May 23, 2005While I've learned an enormous amount from Michael & Howard about
the intricacies of stereo equipment and reproducing music files in
various formats, I feel bad that my initial inquiry about the sound
distortion on several CDs has prompted them both to go through so
much trouble on my behalf, but I certainly appreciate their efforts.
Michael notes that two of the CDs in question were produced during
the same period. True, "Odds & Bits" is Timeless 55 & "Clarence
Williams & His Orchestra, vol. 1" is Timeless 56. Why, then, does
disk *one* of the CW set sound fine while disk *two* sounds like it
was recorded "in a hailstorm"? (wonderful metaphor, Howard) I don't
yet have vol. 2 in this CW series (Timeless 57). Can anyone report
on its sound quality? I do have most of the Timeless volumes just
before 55 and just after 56 and they all sound fine. At least in
the case of Timeless, the problem seems to be limited to just a
couple of CDs produced within a narrow time frame.
What baffles me is why some Timeless & Retrieval CDs would have the
same problem. I know both companies are based in the Netherlands.
Do they share plants and personnel? Promise me, though, that you
won't travel to foreign soil to find out!
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Rader"
> As Howard suggests, the mono button only just partly disguises theproblem. The real solution is to have something that can play
channels selectively. Some home cinema sets have a mono button, but
again this just combines. Also, some devices have a mono switch for
use with FM radio (weak transmitters), which can't be used for any
other functions, such as listening to CDs.
>channel of the Jack Hylton CD was due mainly to a defective earplug.
> Having said that, I have to confess that the "noise" on one
The CD sounded far better on other headphones, even though these are
ancient and missing the foam rubber cushion. I'll continue to
experiment, maybe with the Cl. Williams this time, and report back.
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