Ah that’s Bass
I suffer from tinny speakers.
I suppose tiny speakers is the same thing as the speakers in the television, my phone and the laptop are small and therefore the sound is tinny – too much treble and no bass.
I solved the television one by buying a soundbar. The sound improved immeasurably but it landed me with yet another remote control to drop on the floor or loose altogether.
The phone and the laptop remained a problem however. I’m sure I could set the soundbar to receive from either device via Bluetooth but the soundbar is in Herself’s room and she may not appreciate a blast of music while she’s trying to do something else. I decided the best thing was to buy a pair of speakers for my little corner and connect to them via Bluetooth. I have however spent rather a lot on various items this month so speakers went on the long finger.
I was mulling over the speaker thing when I remembered something.
Many years ago when I was
sacked made redundant from RTE I was given a wodge of cash to stop me suing them as a redundancy compensation. As I was starting a little business I needed a better PC than the one I robbed was given to take home. I ordered a top spec machine via a menu where I could tailor the machine to suit my needs and to make it future-proof. In time of course my future-proof machine quickly became obsolete and it ended up in a recycling bin. But for some reason I kept the speakers.
The speakers were a bit on the fancy side. Web development doesn’t require much sound so they were sidelined almost from the start. But for some reason I kept them and sure enough, there they were, covered in dust underneath a pile of cables and Grandkids’ toys. I hauled them out yesterday and to my amazement they were all there, even the cables and power supply. Apart from the power supply there is a massive sub-woofer [or a woofer?], a tweeter and four speakers for surround sound. I plugged them all together and plugged in the laptop. I ran a test recording.
May I digress for a moment and apologise to my neighbours, the residents in the village and everyone else in the surrounding couple of miles. I honestly didn’t realise that the system was on full volume, with the bass turned to maximum. Judging by the number of barking dogs, treble was working too beyond my hearing range. Herself still hasn’t recovered.
Anyhows, having ripped out a few cables in my panic I tried again with everything throttled back a bit. Brilliant! I have a somewhat eclectic mix of music on my current playlist, from Carly Simon to Bach, from Marvin Welch and Farrar to Smith and Thell, from Queen to Ola Gjeilo and a quare mix of others besides. They all sound great, provided I hold back the volume a bit.
I’m a bit concerned about that crack in the wall though.
I’m sure it wasn’t there last week…..
Fabulous find there!
Can I suggest you play the opening bars of ‘Instructions for angels’ by David Bedford?
Mike Oldfield is playing the guitar solo in Worcester Cathedral, and after his customary jangling intro, he hits a note which reverberates for forty seconds, and has to be heard at a squillion decibels to make your hair stand on end and your teeth rattle!
His piece kicks in after around 10 seconds, and from then on it’s complete bliss!
I did a spectrum analysis but unfortunately the analyser cuts off at 50Hz. I’d say it goes lot lower than that. Powerful stuff!
Once upon a time when I was much younger I began putting together what I called my “sound machine”. At this point I have to explain that I love music. I absolutely love music. The universal language and all that. This search for pure “live” musical reproduction became an obsession of mine. Long story short, I managed to put together an impressive looking wall of high end sound equipment which included a very high end (and very expensive as well) pair of speakers–stereo being the big thing back then as there was no such thing as surround sound. This “wall” was made of separate pieces of equipment, no combined anything. We’re talking separate pre- amp and main amp etc and so-on. The amp itself had a switch on the back that cut off the bass at 10hz or all the way to DC. It could do it too.
I had achieved my goal.
Ah well, those days are long gone now as is my ability to hear music accurately. These VA provided hearing aids of mine are pretty amazing but one thing they can’t do is process music properly. And boy do I miss it.
Every now and then I like to cut loose and play a few tracks. I’m not one for background music [or any noise for that matter] and prefer silence normally but I would miss it. At least it drowns out the tinnitus!
Hang a picture over the crack in the wall. Problem solved.
After palying Scrobs’ track [above] I think I may have made the crack worse!