[sdiy] favorite "magical" opamp?

Senso senso at vintageplanet.nl
Wed Oct 6 22:20:46 CEST 2010

Hear hear!
Just a pity that even the most obvious truth is seldom appreciated. 
When not thrown with mud, you will at least be ignored. For most it 
seems still more important to have flame wars, bashing each other 
over the head with misconceptions, unproven facts and quality is far 
a large part judged by "My friend, who has a soldering iron, says: 
As for the terminology used, I have lost all hopes since I saw 
someone use the term "digital sound" without anybody noticing 
anything strange about it.


>I think it's kind of funny that people making "studio grade" mixers 
>and preamps, and enthusiast hi fi gear overwhelmingly look down on 
>TL074 and 5532 type op amps, while they're about the highest quality 
>parts you're likely to find in most synths or effect processors, 
>regardless of price or reputation.  Most gear is often 4558s or 
>worse, and 741s aren't uncommon in vintage stuff.
>Moreover, I think there's some weird "god of the gaps" thing going 
>on when judging perceived sound quality and what design factors 
>contribute good or bad qualities.  People resort to all sorts of 
>bizarre stuff, describing something entirely analog as "sounding 
>digital", equating things that are entirely different, making 
>nonsensical categorical statements, i.e. that software emulating 
>vintage digital gear will never measure up to the original DSP-based 
>hardware, or favoring vintage DACs with measurably poor performance. 
>I'd just accept that such things are highly subjective, that shitty 
>is sometimes better, but people hold these opinions so strongly.  I 
>wonder how much is an honest appraisal and how much amounts to 
>cognitive bias upheld as profound wisdom.  It's as though things are 
>too good now, if you can pick between 100 different but equally 
>great options, rather than weigh the merits of each it's better to 
>adopt some obsolete "vintage" opinion, as though people in the past 
>possessed some insight not available to us now.  By listening to 
>their wisdom, you're giving yourself a special and irrefutable 

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