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Memory distortion, crap or serious?
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Old 10th March 2004, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Memory distortion, crap or serious?

Is this crap or serious? I canít make anything of it ...


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Old 11th March 2004, 12:14 PM   #2
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I vote for crap.
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Old 11th March 2004, 12:41 PM   #3
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Maybe my memory fails me, but last I read something about
Lavardin I think the point was that the thermal inertia of
the transistors caused the memory distorsion, which may perhaps
make some sense. However, there seemed to be no mentioning
of themal effects at all in those links Pjotr posted, but rather some
obscure talking about electrons leaving traces of flux in
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Old 11th March 2004, 03:07 PM   #4
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I vote for serious crap.

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Old 11th March 2004, 03:31 PM   #5
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Undecided. But seems like there is something to it...just don't know large of an effect it is...


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Old 11th March 2004, 04:08 PM   #6
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Yet that looks interesting, I vote total crap.

It's not hard to pull your favorite amplifier from the 60's out and give a listen and notice that it sounds very nice. As long as the caps are still good and resistors haven't drifted (also clean volume pots everyone!) I think the sound should be pretty darn close to original.

Also, I've known many people to prefer the sound of a solid state amplifier after its been broken in for a few years.

Aside from all that, look at basic transistor theory: You have electrons and holes. In the N channel of a SS device, you have atomic lattices with extra covalent electrons. These can only be pushed from one end out to the other, like in a water pipe.

In the P region, there are 'holes'; little deficiencies of electrons in the atom lattice. These are where the electrons from the N region may go on their way out of the PN junction, like in a diode. If you try to revers the polarity of the electron flow, the electrons will not be able to flow from the P region to the N region, and the imaginary 'barrier' will widen, causing no useful current flow.

The holes and electron spots here are simply the outer shells of the atoms. And electron may be pushed from one atom to another as they share excess electrons. There isn't much that's going to go on at the electron level to introduce a detecable amount of music distortion as far as I'm concerned.

If anyone more knowledgeable in the field of quamtum physics would like to describe the actual traits of the valence shells that might introduce electron distortion, please do so, I'd like to learn about it if it's known to actually exist and/or cause a sound problem.
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Old 11th March 2004, 04:14 PM   #7
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It looks like marketing he-cow droppings to me.
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Old 11th March 2004, 04:26 PM   #8
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Actualy, this is a case where I do believe there is some element of truth behind what they are saying (at least from a totaly technical standpoint), but they are applying it in a totaly irrelevent situation.

Basicaly, what they appear to be talking about is the point where you are switching a current through a diode junction. Before you can be totaly satisfied the device is 'off', a small amount of curent must be flushed through the device to restore the depleeted region which acts as the barrier in the semiconductor. So, if you are trying to switch this very quickly, this curent, and time it take to flow through the juction may become significant.

However, as far as I am aware, this is only an issue when going from a forward to reverse bias state on the junction, and will only take a few pico seconds (or nano at the VERY worst) to take place. So, to say that this will effect the sonic character of an amplifier seems to me to be total BS, as I just can't see it even applies in a fully class a circuit, and for anyother type of circuit (with the possible exception of class D perhaps) the frequency range it will effect will be inaudible and hence of now significance what so ever.

So, although what they are saying does appear to have some thechnical basis, it does indeed appear to be total guff in this case.

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Old 11th March 2004, 04:27 PM   #9
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Memory distortion, crap or serious?
The science may well be pseudo, but the Lavardin Pre I listened to a few years ago sounded very nice.
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Old 11th March 2004, 04:28 PM   #10
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I agree that the Lavardin site gives very little true contents and mostly marketing crap. However, I have the original AES paper by Hephaistos (a respected French collegue of Jean Hiraga). This paper is very to the point with measurements and scope photo's to document the effect. It seems real enough to me. However, from the Lavardin site I doubt whether they even understand it, let alone have mastered it.

My vote: real, but implementation probably crap.

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