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In the Forum: Analog Playback
In the Thread: The last phonocorrector: “End of Life" Phonostage
Post Subject: The tempted virtue of the phonostage’s prostitution.Posted by Romy the Cat on: 6/20/2008

 Romy the Cat wrote:
Still, I feel that air-cap has own coloration. This “no resolution”, vacuum-clean HF dynamic is coloration itself as I do recognize this characteristic across all music that the corrector plays. The sound of the air-corrector has own signature- the “signature of tempted venture” – this behavior does not exist during my experience of live musical events. I think I need some time to reflect and to think about what I hear from this corrector. 
I was playing music latterly off vinyl and was thinking about the sound nature of my phonocorrector.  Above I said that the air-cap filter has own signature – I said it, I feel it but I have difficulties of get handle on it. I am very much free from a stupid pursue to have an coloration/signature -free phonocorrector, however I would like to have whatever colorations/signatures it might have were understood my me (not in design trims but in sonic trims) and were agreed by me. So, I have difficulties so far to understand (and I am quite good with that) the characteristic signatures of my “End of Life Phonocorrector”. Those signatures are there but they are amazingly elusive. This Phonocorrector has the temperament of a whore – it is very new to me.

Usually any piece of audio with which I dealt had own sonic set signatures. It is not necessarily bad thing. It like an accents in language – in many instances accents modify the meaning of said, however if the subject exposed at crucial level of depth then the presence and the value of accents become irrelevant. The same is with the sonic signatures of audio elements – the all screw up the sounds but if they hold the basic integrity of Sound then those signatures are out of attention. As I said the “End of Life Phonocorrector” has own signatures at “the sounds” level and I might not even convinced that they are so transparent from a perspective of Sound. However here is exceptionally interesting thing - the signatures are not static as in any other audio element I head but they shift from record to record.

Playing some records that I know very well for years and that I played in different settings I might identify the very fine specifics that I feel are not the part of this specific recording/pressing but rather a sonic contribution of my playback, a phonocorrector in given case. However, with another record the characteristic sonic injection from this phonocorrector changes. The phonocorrector truly prostitute itself, subduing own integrity and somehow reacting to the demands of the requestor. It is VERY interesting and in much unexpected behavior. I truly cannot get grip for it as now and I need to think about it more…

The Cat

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