Golden Ear Club

default -- Thu, 09/03/2009 - 22:19

Forgive me but I am a little confused.  I joined the GEC but am uncertain if the GEC has actually started yet.  When I hit the GEC icon, I end up on a screen encouraging me to join...can't find anyplace to log in.

Tom Harris (not verified) -- Tue, 10/06/2009 - 18:51

A subscriber for several decades, I, too, signed up for the Golden Ear Club when it was announced. I have heard nothing since, and now I learn that Harry Pearson made a presentation to GE Club members at the Rocky Mountain show. I live in Colorado and might have attended, had I been notified.

F#ck you very much, TAS.

Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 10/07/2009 - 13:57

HP did not address GE Club members. Robert Harley, Neil Gader, Steven Stone, Chris Martens, jacob Heilbrunn, Alan Sircom, and I addressed GE Club members on Saturday at 6pm. Due to a scheduling snafu RMAF had also scheduled a speech by Pearson at EXACTLY the same time in a different room. Nonetheless, the GE Club gathering was well attended and fun. We gave out nice gifts, too. I know it's no consolation, but my apologies to you if you were unaware that any of this was happening. We need to do a better job communicating, although I did find this prominent post on our GE site at, so maybe you need to pay a bit more attention, too.

Jim Hannon -- Thu, 10/08/2009 - 10:51

To login as a Golden Ear Club member, simply hit the "login" button at the top of the home page and you will be asked to supply your user name and password you were automatically sent via email when you joined the GEC. If that doesn't work for you, please contact Luciana D'Andretta as soon as possible and we will try to resolve this immediately. Her email is: ldandretta [at] nextscreen [dot] com or phone is: 512-891-5002.. If there's still a problem, send me an email at: jhannon [at] nextscreen [dot] com 
We had the announcement of the GEC briefing at Rocky Mountain up on the GEC part of the site for well over a month, as well as on the public page at: We included announcements of the event in our weekly AVguide/Playback newsletter several times prior to the event.
We also sent out an email to each Golden Ear member with details about the event and how to register for the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest on Friday September 11th at 1:27pm (CDT). 
Tom, if you joined the Golden Ear Club, we have no record of it (at least under Tom Harris). Please contact Luciana or me to resolve.
For Golden Ear members who were unable to attend the TAS Editors' briefing at RMAF, we plan to send you several of the "goodies" we gave out at the briefing within the next few weeks.
Hope this info helps resolve your respective situations.
Happy Listening,

Tom Martin -- Thu, 10/08/2009 - 15:24

We had a way to sign up to be notified when GEC started. There may have been some confusion that this notification process was the same as joining the Club. It is not.
One simple way to check that your membership has been received and find out what is going on is to visit the Golden Ear Club page on AVGuide:

You can get to this page by clicking the button labeled "Golden Ear Club", which is right below "Connected Home" and "Gadgets". If you see "Join Now" instead of "Tell A Friend" you know we haven't received you membership application.
If you see "Tell A Friend" but you haven't received your welcome email, then please check your spam filter.

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paulieb00 -- Sun, 11/08/2009 - 16:18

I just received the G.E.C. "care package"
Very nice!
Thank You,

Jim Hannon -- Thu, 11/12/2009 - 18:35

Glad you liked the GEC care package.
We'd like to send these out periodically to our members, particularly recordings of special merit and other neat accessories and promotional items. We plan to include some free downloads, too.
Both Reference Recordings and XLO/Ultralink were particularly generous providing CDs for our members.

tzed -- Tue, 09/14/2010 - 18:39

 I got a nice book which is full of tips and tricks, thank you.
Also a CD with some kind of sound-analyzer software which is windows only, any hope of a Mac version?
Or at least a Mac something?
Hope to see you at RMAF!

Peter Ayer -- Wed, 09/15/2010 - 18:07

 I, too, would like a version that I can use on my Mac.  Thanks for sending the booklet.
See you at RMAF.  Thanks for the discount.

Steven Simon -- Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:39

Yes, a Mac version please...

Tom Martin -- Mon, 09/20/2010 - 07:49

I'm quite sure that RPG Diffusor Systems, the creator of the software, wrote it only for Windows. You can, of course, run it under Boot Camp (included with Intel Macs) or VMWare Fusion or Parallels on a Mac. You could also buy an old Windows machine from Goodwill or Craigslist for minimal dollars if your Mac is not Intel-based.


Here is a link to details of the software to help you assess whether this effort is worth it:

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tzed -- Mon, 09/20/2010 - 10:12

Thanks for the suggestion Tom, I have yet to try running a Windows emulator, haven't had a reason to.
I could borrow a Windows laptop from someone I suppose.
I was assuming the program was an Audyssey-type testing deal with tones and a microphone but actually it just models the room entirely in the software. I wonder how valuable that can really be, except to give one a place to start the usual trial-and-error process of listening, moving, listening, moving, listening, moving back....


Tom Martin -- Fri, 09/24/2010 - 20:24

Yes, the software models the room and then helps you start the process as you say. But I find that this shortcut is pretty helpful as you learn how to use the software. It also shows you the impact of moving the listening chair. Once you see how much the listening position matters, you realize that there are a lot of variables to manage by just trial and error (l/r speakers in two or three dimensions and listener in three dimensions). And, of course, it shows graphically some of what you are hearing (depends of course on how easily your room is modeled). Finally, it recommends locations for room treatment (a little harder than it sounds, but mostly a time saver if the placement in the program works).

A measurement based system is also helpful to confirming and tweaking results, though, again, having an idea of where to start is still useful and is a logical companion to measurement. Full-on Audyssey type room correction, of course requires hardware for real time operations (and yet again, starting in a better place helps).

For next year, perhaps, we can look at something in the measurement domain as part of the GEC kit.

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tzed -- Sat, 09/25/2010 - 08:11

Thanks for those insights. I'll find a Windows laptop to borrow and give it a try. My experience with Audessy is limited to what's built-in my 7.1 Onkyo A/V receiver. It's hard to imagine that  the supplied microphone and the programming and processing power inside a $500 street-price piece of equipment that also has 8 amplifiers, D/A and A/D converters and pays licensing fees for a plethora of technologies can do much. And yet it does.
Perhaps one day I'll be able to rent a high-end measurement-type system, with or without operator, to really dial-in my situation.

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