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09-11-2021 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Paul S
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Jonathan Weiss Introduces New High-End TT!
Obviously, the header is just for Romy!

Well, it took a while, but with development help and official intro by Michael Fremer, the new OMA DD TT is finally here!

https://oswaldsmillaudio.com/k3

Featuring the Best of Everything, including a bespoke Schroeder tonearm, this puppy is reserved for those who's mantra is, "Cost be damned!"

All this with a design aesthetic that might be described as the  no-love-lost-here-child of Art Deco and Steam Punk.

I actually read Mike's roll-out, and it sounds to me like he was not as comfortable doing this as he was a few years back.

Paul S
09-12-2021 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


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Is it a Parody?
I do not take seriously what this Moron said about himself. At the time I met him he fancied himself as a great audio interpreter who in response to his fist listening (!!!) to Tchaikovsky Pathetique informed me that “it is too many violins”, I am not kidding!   I partially love his pontification about aesthetic as he made certainly the ugliest TT as I ever seen.  With an absence of natural talent and creatively this character spent a LOT of efforts on construction of a façade. Fortunately there are plenty people who know what level of intellectual and spiritual impotence is behind of that noise.


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
09-15-2021 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
N-set
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Apart from.....
...a fantastic PR (a studio in Rome, speakers in MoMA, etc) there is one interesting thing in all their products. The use of cast iron. A material barely explored in audio with a very very good damping characteristics. Much better than all kinds of steels or whats even worse aluminium.  And the cheaper the better. The only problem is a high "entrance cost" of making a mould. We've been planning to explore cast iron for years, hope will come to that soon.



Cheers,
Jarek
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09-15-2021 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


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I do not think so.
I do not think that cast iron is use in there for any damping characteristics or anything to do with sound or common sense.  it is just the style niche that he has: art-deco like, rural Pennsylvania style.  It is not the style that I personally find attractive, but some people bite into it. You see, the PR is this character specialty. All that TV appearance in network news, pretentious demos in Manhattan loft and the rest of the things is how he is buttering up own business. He does not sell anything to audio seasoned people, he has no sound to sell and no option to appeal, even if he sells anything. His clientele is market brokers who would like to put a “kinky audio” as a decoration in their real-estate. A half of them do not even turn the systems up, ever. Ask me how I know about it. It is like Bang & Olufsen years back…. You might see those magazines that are made for people who have a lot of money and who called to buy rare cars, brilliant, loaded watches and the golf equipment reportedly blessed by 3 Pops. That is exactly the space where this creatine operates. I do not feel that anus is wrong with him in the way how he makes his living but what he does has no relation to audio. He deals with commodities that just looks like loudspeakers and turntables.


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Paul S
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Gives the Impression
Jarek, perhaps we should continue the discussion of cast iron for TTs in the Ultimate Turntable thread, something like that. In this case, I agree with Romy, this guy is very much about image and impression, and it appears he knows how to develop and sell stuff to his "target market" by sprinkling some "truth", like "salting" a mine claim.  This approach is not original to him, of course; he just happens to do "audio business". Saying this, I know you bring your own knowledge to bear if you look at this stuff, as well you should.


Paul S
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Lazlo Jamf
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Barnum's Theory, perhaps?
"Something similar happened with the cylinder phonographs that the merry matrons from France brought with them as a substitute for the antiquated hand organs and that for a time had serious effects on the livelihood of the band of musicians.  At first curiosity increased the clientele on the forbidden street and there was even word of respectable ladies who disguised themselves as workers in order to observe the novelty of the phonograph from first hand, but from so much and such close observation they soon reached the conclusion that it was not an enchanted mill as everyone had thought and as the matrons had said, but a mechanical trick that could not be compared with something so moving, so human, and so full of everyday truth as a bond of musicians.  It was such a serious disappointment that when phonographs became so popular that there was one in every house they were not considered objects for amusement for adults but as something good for children to take apart."  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude



"But it's not shiny enough!  It'll never go with my gold plated escalator or my marble toilet seat!"

Does the world really need a cast iron turntable with a tonearm that looks like an Erector Set crane?

The high end audio racket's capacity for self-parody seems limitless, but do they ever get the joke?

Given Romy's penchant for naming things after characters in One Hundred Years of Solitude maybe this should be named for the character who ate dirt or the one with the pig's tail.


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N-set
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Sad things...
...you write, gentlemen. But after 5+ yrs of trying my luck in high end audio I completely agree that it is a parody of itself. It has long migrated from technology market to the luxury goods one, still keeping that tech disguise. And with luxury goods, marketing is everything. Trying to sell sth that is interesting in audio terms makes little sense (and even less money). 



Cheers,
Jarek
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