Quarter Notes #20 (Volume 5, Issue 4)

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

Dear Get Better Sound & Through the Sound Barrier owners,

Welcome to the twentieth issue of Quarter Notes, published on February 4, 2017. Quarter Notes is a free newsletter for Get Better Sound and Through the Sound Barrier owners, expanding on both, as well as introducing new and timely subjects.

Best email address

Since you’re reading this, the e-mail address with which I sent this QNs must have worked. However, the only e-mail address I have is the one associated with your initial Get Better Sound or Through the Sound Barrier order. If you have an e-mail address that you’d prefer to use to receive Quarter Notes notifications, send it to js@getbettersound.com. Be sure to include the e-mail address I used originally, along with the one that you want to use to replace it.

EarPlanes importance

If you travel by air, you may want to consider EarPlanes. They make altitude pressure transitions more comfortable (less popping of the ears – or at least – the popping is less strong). But I always use them when I am going on a RoomPlay voicing session, or any trip that will require my hearing to be intact, to reduce the effects of air travel – both pressure changes, as well as noise reduction.

You need to insert them just prior to take-off. The instructions say that you can remove them when at cruising altitude, as long as you reinsert them prior to reducing altitude. I’ve not done it (remove them mid-flight), so I cannot say for certain how that works, but I believe the manufacturer has to know, or they wouldn’t say it was OK.

If you value your hearing, especially for acoustically-related events that happen soon after you arrive from your flight (such as attending an audio show), EarPlanes get the job done. If you do not know where to find them, they are typically available at most pharmacies and airports, as well as at Amazon.

There is a new model available – ep2. I have not tried it yet. The standard earplanes have been my choice for a number of years.


IBE - Irrational, but Efficacious

Yes, I have mentioned it before, but this CD from Cardas/Ayre Acoustics - especially Cut 7 - continues to amaze. Long ago I imported it into my music files on my computer.

I have no clue as to why it works – but here’s what happens each time I use it:

Musical detail and natural musical flow is noticeably better. This is not something only a few golden ears can hear – IMO, anyone can hear it. For example, something as simple as the sound of a choir taking a collective breath between or before certain musical passages is unmistakable, when previously it was barely noticeable.

I don’t use this cut every day. But I do use it prior to a RoomPlay Reference session, or at a show, etc…

You do NOT need to play it loudly. I run mine at about half my typical playback volume. I do use it after a week or so of personal listening (I don’t mean continuous listening – just typical use over a week).

Back when I was doing those CES shows as the North American Avantgarde Acoustics distributor, each morning I ran IBE (cut 7) just prior to opening the doors. Now I am NOT saying that the IBE disc was the reason we won all those “Best of Show” awards, but I will say that – IMO – it definitely helped…

I’ve not tried the LP, but strongly suspect it works there as well.


Copper articles - and time required

Many of you have commented on the series of articles I have been submitting for PS Audio’s bi-weekly Copper e-mag. I just want to mention that these are not entirely original – indeed they are edited versions from work previously done, either in Get Better Sound or Quarter Notes, etc… So I have spent very little time producing these – I am acutely aware that TTSB Book Two still needs completion. :)