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    Does your System sound better when it snows?

    For many of us in colder areas, it's that time of year when we "might" get some snow. I love it when we get a foot or more because it deadens all the background noise. I also just learned how sound travels further in colder temps. So Snow, Cold Temps and that I keep my house at 62F means better sound. There is science behind it which is interesting so it's not all in our heads. I know for Mike to try this, he has to crank up the AC after all the Snow Birds go home

    Do those of you in colder areas feel the same way when it snows?

    Here are a few links
    Here's Why Sound Carries Farther on Cold Days | Latest Science News and Articles | Discovery
    Yes, It Really Is Quieter When It Snows. Here’s The Science Behind The Calm After The Storm | Colorado Public Radio

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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowfax View Post
    For many of us in colder areas, it's that time of year when we "might" get some snow. I love it when we get a foot or more because it deadens all the background noise. I also just learned how sound travels further in colder temps. So Snow, Cold Temps and that I keep my house at 62F means better sound. There is science behind it which is interesting so it's not all in our heads. I know for Mike to try this, he has to crank up the AC after all the Snow Birds go home

    Do those of you in colder areas feel the same way when it snows?

    Here are a few links
    Here's Why Sound Carries Farther on Cold Days | Latest Science News and Articles | Discovery
    Yes, It Really Is Quieter When It Snows. Here’s The Science Behind The Calm After The Storm | Colorado Public Radio

    Happy Thanksgiving Week for those who partake.
    When I used to live in the snow belt and I was outside shoveling, plowing or snowplowing, I always loved how quite it was with the snow absorbing the sound. It was peaceful and pretty.

    Then 30 minutes later I realized there was more to life than freezing my ass off and moved. LOL

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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Outdoors is certainly quieter when and after it snows. My indoors is pretty quiet anytime (good windows, doors and other isolation/insulation), and in my listening room the HVAC ducts are muffled (ductless would be even better but pretty expensive to do well). I haven't investigated the difference between 63 and 75 (our usual temperature settings), although I have noticed that 2 Class A monoblocks raise the room temperature compared to other parts of the house.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    No snow here, but its a lot more pleasant when its chilly. It was 47 the other morning and I had tunes on, not sure it sounded better as our home is so quiet from external noise due to how the home is built. Poured concrete walls, floors, impact doors and windows and Soundbreak xp sheetrock in our office, family room, kitchen area, master bedroom and bathrooms. The xp sheetrock was installed for its mold resistance, but its has some acoustic abilities as well.
    But as it cools on FLA, to us, everything seems to be better including music when its cooler.



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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    hey Brian, go ask that question to the good folks in Buffalo right now and see what kind of answer you get !!
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Snow sounds good
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    all kidding aside, for us vinyl lovers cold temps are less desirable for the suspension properties of our cartridges like it better warm vs cold.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    all kidding aside, for us vinyl lovers cold temps are less desirable for the suspension properties of our cartridges like it better warm vs cold.
    Don't your tubes overheat the house at any time of the year?
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Melting snow
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowfax View Post
    Don't your tubes overheat the house at any time of the year?

    no longer using tube mono blocks and the minimal amount of heat from my phono-pre and line stage tubes is nothing. Now given the initial Class A bias of my X-260.8's there is a slight warming effect.........
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    hey Brian, go ask that question to the good folks in Buffalo right now and see what kind of answer you get !!
    Man that was something, 6+ feet of snow, packed on roofs ( the weight)
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthStar View Post
    Snow sounds good
    Somehow, I hear a Bing Crosby song coming on
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?





    Buffalo, many audiophiles live there?

    In the Winter I like 61°F, the same as Brian.
    In the Summer I cannot get below 72°F.
    Snow we don't see much on the Island, and when we do it doesn't last long, 2-3 weeks at most. I think it has some to do with the charging climate and the warming of the ozone layer. The sound could be slightly affected; I don't know...I've never measured it.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Here on the east side of Cleveland I get lots of snow but haven't noticed much of an audible difference. I very much despise cold and snow so anytime its hot, humid and sunny I find everything more enjoyable including my audio system.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    At high altitude where there's more snow in many places the low frequencies are affected.
    At low altitude near the ocean the cables are affected, so is the sound too.

    What's the ideal altitude and temperature for top notch sound from highest performance of our high fidelity stereo sound system? Snow or no snow.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Interesting. Minnesotan here. I've never thought about this.

    I listen to music a lot more during the cooler months, when I can't have the windows open and I feel disconnected from the outside world. Listening to music critically seems to give me a connection to things outside the house. It's hard to explain. Maybe sound quality has something to do with it, subconsciously?

    I tried to post a link to my favorite recording to listen to when the weather is truly, truly awful. Because I'm a new member, I can't post a link. Track down Kate Bush, "50 Words for Snow." It's great for when you're socked in by snow and cold!

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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    "Does your System sound better when it snows? "

    Not that I notice but my basement listening room is fairly well insulated from outdoor noise.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobInWI View Post
    "Does your System sound better when it snows? "

    Not that I notice but my basement listening room is fairly well insulated from outdoor noise.
    I am realizing that many here have dedicated rooms built for sound. I only have an ordinary house and room to deal with so I can notice it more I guess.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    I haven’t noticed any effect of snow, but we’re supposed to get up to 3 feet in the couple of days, so I get another chance. I wonder if snow has an indirect effect, l. e., it makes us feel good, so everything seems better.

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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    I have not noticed any improvement inside. I agree certain frequency sounds are more clear outside. Case in point is the trains that come through town. I hear them more clearly from inside my home during both just cold, and cold with snow.
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    Re: Does your System sound better when it snows?

    Got nearly a foot of snow today in St. Paul. They closed MSP airport for about 90 minutes today, which rarely happens. When I saw that, I figured my choir rehearsal would be canceled and it was. So ... nice night to dig in and listen to some soulful tunes. They do sound wonderful.

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