Quarter Notes Newsletter

Quarter Notes NewsletterQuarter Notes is Jim's e-mail newsletter, sent free of charge to all Get Better Sound purchasers.  It includes detailed set-up tips and updates, as well as objective reports on the latest developments in audio. Additionally, it expands on the tips from Get Better Sound, both from Jim’s insights, as well as in response to your questions and comments.

New purchasers receive links to all of the Quarter Notes in an e-mail, approximately 6-8 weeks after their initial GBS purchase. The delay is to allow purchasers time to become familiar with the topics, some of which are referenced in the GBS manual or DVDs. Thereafter, they receive new issues as they become available.

Jim is always thinking of something that he wished he had included, and this way you won’t miss it. In fact, there have already been three complete volumes of Quarter Notes issues (equivalent to another small book).  They have received a tremendous response by GBS owners.

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Previous Quarter Notes Issues


  • Volume 1, Issue #1

    Topics: Tesa tape • Master the mister • Why single-ended amplifiers can sound so good • Why single-ended amplifiers can sound so bad • Bi-wiring • Room temp/humidity/Rives • The Concert Experience • Twenty Minutes vs. Two Hours to Nirvana? • Small, medium and large listening rooms • CES 2009 quick note • Laser distance measurers and levels • RTAs • House calls

  • Volume 1, Issue #2

    Topics: A question about CD technology • Bi-wiring, part two • From common sense to sixth sense – Srajan Ebaen • Three common-sense tweaks • Tweaks to watch • Tweaks to try • Sensitivity to sensitivity? • Top 10 standards of quality for high-end audio retail specialists • Message boards • Sad, but true • Hourly rate for consulting

  • Volume 1, Issue #3

    Topics: The top 3 tips I keep hearing about from readers • Vinyl 101 - A few tips on the return to vinyl – Jeff Dorgay • How to Eat an Elephant • Computers and Audio – Charles Hanson

  • Volume 1, Issue #4

    Topics: From recent experience • On-the-job observations • The sound of rooms • Hard drive housekeeping • Ear protectors, new basement, fluorescent lights • AC polarity tip • Questions from Italy • Music review – Geoff Poor • Absolute polarity -- controversial, but worth checking out

  • Volume 2, Issue #1

    Topics: The ACK Attack and un-common Knowledge • Basics re-visited - a little more info: subwoofer set-up, speaker separation and staging, long wall or short wall?, affordable RTA, absolute phase/polarity, sliding base for spiked speakers, rack in the middle – AGAIN!, spikes – AGAIN! • Stacking the decks with DEQX • Demystifying room acoustic treatment

  • Volume 2, Issue #2

    Topics:A reader teaches me a lesson – Computer Audio • New room designs • Set-up diagrams • Stereo subs • Audio forums • Back in the saddle again

  • Volume 2, Issue #3

    Topics: The new Get Better Sound DVD! • Computer audio, part two - the sound, better recordings, more involving sound, Redbook CD, Pure Music, five easy pieces, computer hardware upgrades, interview with Rob Robinson – CEO of Pure Music

  • Volume 2, Issue #4

    Topics: Get Better Sound DVD • Introducing RoomPlay™ • A surprising story about voicing • Room eq systems, and a brief story • How far is too far? • Uneven speaker wire lengths • Fuses as tweaks • Sliders • Degrees of separation • Subs for every system? • Computer audio and absolute polarity • Rack ‘em up one more time!

  • Interim Volume 3, Issue #1

    Topics: Nothing much to see here – just a report about some health issues that were interfering with my work.

  • Volume 3, Issue #2

    Topics: Health issues and your correspondence • It’s not just babies that take nine months – the 1st comprehensive GBS DVD review is born! • Best coupling to the floor • Speaker sliders – a better solution • When sound is foremost • Mini-breakthrough in my Computer Audio system – and a tip even if you don’t use computer audio but you have a TV connected to your system • Apology re RTAs • Balanced outputs – better or worse? • When do the best measurements NOT yield the best musical involvement? • Another instance of technically correct set-up at the expense of the music • RoomPlay Reference

  • Volume 3, Issue #3

    Topics: Half Notes, anyone? • RoomPlay & RoomPlay Reference update • New – StraightTalk • The 83% rule – NOT! • Clever and entertaining blog • SPL meter • Full-range speakers need subs too… • Auto EQ & bass levels • How to voice subs (2, not 1, of course) with full range speakers • Listening seat not always against or near the back wall • Effects and proper usage of Tube Traps • My computer audio settings – NOT • Three good questions • Effects of ear wax • Near-field listening

  • Volume 3, Issue #4

    Topics: Through the Sound Barrier • A different kind of Sound Barrier • Kickstarter

  • Volume 4, Issue #1

    Topics: Our FIFTH Anniversary! • Internet message boards and a continuing invitation • System priorities • Organic EQ vs electronic EQ • Ultimate tweak for Macs when used as computer music servers? • Tweaksville • Latest developments with Through the Sound Barrier • Inside info about the delay

  • Volume 4, Issue #2

    Topics: Finding old newsletters • Inexpensive RTA that works • Soulless • The High Fidelity Report • New sound room & office • Just a little loving and moving • Large items between your speakers • Quiet and efficient HVAC • Duelund outboard crossover • Laser info • TTSB updates • StraightTalk • More…

  • Volume 4, Issue #3

    Topics: Mail servers • Light Harmonic Light Speed USB cable • Favorite audio blog • Listening room dimensions • Can't get no satisfaction? • Second that emotion • Can Jim voice your system when he is in the area? • In the crosshairs • Links to Breaking Through Podcast episodes if you cannot use iTunes • How do you know if your TTSB pledge is on file? • Previous Quarter Notes

  • Volume 4, Issue #4

    Topics: Audiophile angst • Greater isolation for RoomPlay Reference sessions – additional construction • Invitation • Breaking Through podcast #7 is available now • Previous Quarter Notes

  • Volume 5, Issue #1

    Topics: Better sounding computer audio • Better hearing = Better Sound • Better health • TTSB update • Quasi-leave-of-absence • Breaking Through podcasts • Previous Quarter Notes

  • Volume 5, Issue #2

    Topics: Cheap ‘n Cheerful • The Missing Reference • Dynamics, Presence, & Tone • TTSB update • RE: my recent Quasi-leave-of-absence • The Breaking Through podcast

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