Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any alternatives to the steve hoffman forums. I like the talk about music and the depth of knowledge of some of the members and the fact that a few industry people hang out there (although most seem to get fed up and leave after a while). But I can't stand the humourlessness, the insane over sensitivity, the hyperactive and heavy handed moderation, the nuking of any posts or threads that are in the least bit interesting, the pervasive acceptance of snake oil, the worship of flat transfers as the holy grail, the questionable ethics of the owner, I could go on.So, do any of the HA people know of a somewhat audiophile music type forum with a large quality base, possibly including some pros, active discussions, sane moderation, etc. I like HA, but there really isn't a whole lot of music talk here.Cheers.
Specifically, what problems have you had?
3. The belief that anything done by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, Digital Compact Classics, or Audio Fidelity is always far superior to any other version of an album.
I can't post there anymore since I was banned, but when I am looking for an older album I usually go there and read through the threads.
Japanese first pressings
Someone discovered that one of the Simon & Garfunkel Audio Fidelity CDs was sourced from a 1980s CD (NOT the original master tapes as claimed).
Believe it or not, some of the "Japanese first pressings" I've looked into contain readily obvious errors in the audio data that other pressings do not have.
One of the links in post 4 pointed me towards the Stereo Central forums. I had no idea that existed. It seems like most of the threads are poking fun at SHTV members or are parodies of SHTV threads. It had me cracking up for a while..
Funny for about five minutes, then it became predictable. (Did stereocentral last longer?)
but then I needed a shower.
Hoffman's simple flat transfers don't impress me in the least. Again, any novice can do a flat transfer. To make it worse, Hoffman's ego is running wild because the uninformed masses worship his ability to take a beautiful source tape and simply transfer it.
This is what I don't get about the reverence for Steve Hoffman....All over his forum Hoffman states that in mastering he prefers completely flat transfers (even if the source tape is "off", "wacky", or "less than optimal"). That's not mastering at all, that's just transferring. Any novice mastering engineer is capable of doing a flat transfer. Yea, flat transfers are great if you're dealing with a fantastic source tape. But, when the source tape is lacking, that is where quality mastering can really make a difference (but, NOT if you just transfer it flat, like Hoffman).Hoffman holds this stupid belief that a mastering engineer should just get out of the way and have no input on altering the sound of a source tape. The recording and mixing engineers greatly impact the sound of the source tape, so if a quality mastering engineer can improve upon the source tape why shouldn't he?
Basically, Hoffman cherry picks recordings that have great source tapes, and then he just does a flat transfer on the industry's best equipment.
it sounds like we need to get the alien spaceship to train their devinylizer on the SH forum and let loose