WAJ on Audio

- for truth in hifi/stereo/high-end audio

Welcome to Waj on audio [site # 2]




These are the MORE RECENT ARTICLES. [Continued from those at the new WAJ on AUDIO - SV site.]_____________________________________________________

High-Fidelity vs 'tastes & preferences': the big lies in audio

Click to read:  This article examines the concept of High-Fidelity sound reproduction, and also the concept of satisfying 'Tastes and Preferences', with a view to determining whether both concepts are mutually exclusive. A related look at the mainstream audio-press' role in the degradation of standards, in audio, and also a specific look at an example of, arguably, questionable practices is also included.

balance: another of the big lies in audio

Click to read:  Mainstream audio magazines like to stress aural balance in speaker-reproduction. But are they actually stressing the correct balance, in relation to actual music? Definitely not - I'd suggest.

the trouble with treble in audio - bass too

 Click to read:  Audiophiles seem to have a love-hate relationship with treble. We love it in proper proportions, but then we also hate it if it's excessive. Yet, many amongst us thrive on its excess, in search of 'detail' and 'air' - the latest trend. Though for those seeking realism, excess is not a desirable option. The trouble for the latter, however, is that apparent treble-excess seems to be the order of the day among the majority of high-end speaker-choices. This article examines the root-causes of this treble-trouble (bass too) with a view to the possible solution(s).

Detail-resolution & sounD-staging: Details on the details in audio

Click to read:  Low-level detail and the sound-stage; these days they're all the rage. But this article (once again) seeks to put them in their proper place(s) in the context of the realistic overall reproduction of music. In this context, WAJ on AUDIO re-asserts that both detail-resolution and sound-staging are highly over-rated, especially in the absence of the vastly more important elements.

Hifi 'superior' to the live sound - some claim

Click to read:  Yep! This was bound to happen. It was inevitable - as sure as the night follows the day. We now have audiophiles who believe their systems' sound is 'superior' to that of the live instruments their systems should be COPYING. No further comment will be offered here, except to say that this is truly depressing, not to mention; pathetic. Read it and weep, I'm sorry to say!

Coincident Statement - Suppressing the greatest-ever pre-amp: power corrupts

Click to read:   The $5k Coincident Statement line-stage pre-amp is perhaps a 'break-thru' component, a landmark, a milestone, a watershed - call it what you will. It's quite possibly one of the very best pre-amps ever built - in the history of audio. Yet, the powerful mainstream audio mags are virtually silent on the subject. Power corrupts?

why small-coned speakers can never be as realistic as the large:

Click to read:    Introducing; 'The HEADPHONE-EFFECT' - a plague on the small driver.

speakers are the most important for realism - REVISING THE AUDIO-system's hierarchy

Click to read    [a.k.a. HIGH-END AUDIO on a BUDGET; Pt 2: Near S-O-T-A Sonics for $2.3k]


Stereophile's late j.g. holt's 'acoustical-standard' disputed by current editor

Click to read   So here we have the extremely well-learned and esteemed founder of Stereophile merely repeating the fact that high-fidelity is about copying as closely as possible the sound and characteristics of live acoustic instruments - with this; The Acoustical Standard, as the most relevant reference. This is exactly as we've all come to learn, and absolutely in accordance with every bone-fide document on the subject of high-fidelity, as all who know would agree. (It's also in accordance with simple common-sense - even for those only interested in electronic music - since it establishes the standard of performance, on which even many electronic instruments themselves are based).

Yet, we also have the current editor of the same Stereophile magazine (who should really know better) contradicting the founder to suggest, to teach, to advocate a paradigm which devalues and largely disregards the fundamental basis of high-fidelity, and which ensures the further lowering of standards in what remains of concept of 'high-fidelity'. Why?

Magnavox 93-series vintage amplifier

Click to read:  A $10k 'Magic' Amp vs The Maggie; Potentially One of the World's Best Little Amps?

What a difference a horn makes

Click to read:   Part 2 of "DIY Speaker-Systems - Their Relevance & An Example"

Documenting updates to my own DIY speaker-system.

Are they audio-equipment reviews Or record-reviews?

Click to read:     A Satirical Observation!

bassic issues; poor midbass in hifi: classical music the cause?

Click to read:  BASSic ISSUES Pt-1: Could Combining Different Drivers Be One Avenue to a Solution?

bassic issues; pt. 2: the best speaker crossover is no damned passive crossover!

Click to read:     PT-2:  More BASSic ISSUES

all hifi amps sound the same?

Click to read:              Examining the Arguments from Quad & from The AudioCritic




.See below for; LETTERS to WAJ on AUDIO


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to equalize or not to equalize in audio - that is the question:

[Temporarily inaccessible]      Including a Glance at the Issue of Room-Correction

letters to WAJ # 1 - 'Cheap' urei & quad amps better than krell & levinson? 'Che

letters to waj #2:  'Critical' lower-mids corroborated & dunlavy's speakers discussed

help me build; the system you described: The review

 Click to read:          This review by the new owner of a system I designed (including a shortened version of my response) and all related articles were temporarily removed to further insulate, from possible identification, the beneficiary of this audio-system designed by WAJ on AUDIO (it bears repeating) at his request, and free of cost, incorporating all the radical principles and philosophies espoused at this site. The resulting system garnered, from the beneficiary, remarks similar to this:  ... I'm blown away by the realism of the system. ... never had an expectation for this level. Exceeds expectations.....

 ... can't believe that following advice sight unseen could produce something so excellent. A lot of advice out there and lots of opinion . Following yours has produced good results so far....

Apparently, the beneficiary was so enamored with the system, that he sought to claim credit for its design. Note that this is the very task he'd asked me to accomplish for him. And, by his own admission, I did exactly that (according to comments like those of his above). And my only incentive in doing this (apart from merely helping a previously-admitted hifi-novice) was to have the veracity and efficacy of the radical principles expounded at this site verified by a completely independent individual, after his being exposed to the results of same. This was also achieved, admirably. And, subsequently, the fellow turned around to claim authorship of that which he'd previously admitted to being incapable of achieving - to that which 5 months of my time and effort had been dedicated. But, obviously, in such a scenario, one cannot be receptive to false claims and delusions of grandeur. (The full thread - from Part 1 thru to Part 6 - also reveals the utterly ridiculous nature of any such claim). Needless to say; there's no 'fairy-tale' ending to this saga! 

Help me build; the system u described: why this thread was removed

 Click to read:   And why were all related articles and thread removed?

Well, basically, it all turned out to be more trouble than it  was worth, really. Perhaps I should expand: And I have. Be advised; this is no pleasant 'fairy-tale'.  Please click the link above. And a revised version of this thread is below - starting with Part-1. On second thought, perhaps it was all 'worth it', after all.

Letters to waj #3:  Help me Build; 'the system u described' - part 1

Click to read:   This is Part 1 of the thread of our e-mailed correspondence during the 5-month course of the build - published, with his agreement, for the possible benefit of others on a similar quest for audio realism. Though the beneficiary's requests were respected in the previous version of this thread (and tacitly approved by him) the thread was removed to address concerns subsequently raised by him. This new version of the thread addresses all those concerns (and even some he didn't raise). This individual definitely has good reason for seeking further levels of concealment. And now, even more than before and in accordance with his subsequent request, every possible reasonable measure has been taken to ensure his anonymity, in this revised version of the thread. Details of the reasons for removal are linked above. And the continuation of the thread is below.

Letters to waj #3:  Help me Build; 'the system u described' - part 2

Click to read:     Part 2 of the-above.

Letters to waj #3:  Help me Build; 'the system u described' - part 3

Click to read:   Part 3 of the-above.

Letters to waj #3:  Help me Build; 'the system u described' - part 4

Click to read:    Part 4 of  the-above.

Letters to waj #3:  Help me Build; 'the system u described' - part 5

Click to read:   Part 5 of the-above.

Letters to waj #3:  Help me Build; 'the system u described' - part 6

 Click to read:    THE 'REVIEW'  Long version.   Part 6 of the-above  - including WAJ on AUDIO's necessary response (long version). I repeat; there's no 'fairy-tale' ending to this saga - sorry!


"music"                     ---                           a poem  by  walter  de la  mare

WHEN MUSIC SOUNDS, gone is the earth I know **** And all her lovely things even lovelier grow **** Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees **** Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies. **** WHEN MUSIC SOUNDS, out of the water rise **** Naiads whose beauty dims my waking eyes **** Rapt in strange dreams burns each enchanted face **** With solemn echoing stirs their dwelling-place. **** WHEN MUSIC SOUNDS, all that I was I am **** Ere to this haunt of brooding dust I came **** And from Time's woods break into distant song **** The swift-winged hours, as I hasten along.

More Articles, etc....

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