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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I wish I had balls this big........ on: June 21, 2018, 07:00:09 PM
Terry, I was thinking of you the other day. That must be your son because I know you are an old fart (like me) now Smiley

I love cars....the list of ours is insane.....just a couple.....'69 428 Cobra Jet Torino........'93 Stang with all the "right stuff"...BBK throttle body, C&L mass air flow, 24 Lb injectors , SVO headers, Lunati cam (a proper one) and the best part was the transmission. It was from my Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. With that trans my first 3 gears were some where around 3:93 and 4th and 5th were as if the trans were stock with the 2:70 something. It was perfect. Saab 9000 Turbo and the Mitsubishi Starion Turbo were both crazy....this is just the start! We LOVE cars we can't afford but somehow manage to get!

For now we just have a Z3, Mazda Miata (with optional hard top!), Mazda 6 V6, '98 Mustang, kia Spectra and a Ranger Truck and the best of shit.....The 2000 Honda Civic Henry gave us when we really needed it a couple years ago. Henry thought it was an "economy car" with a 7000 rpm redline that will do over 80 mph in third gear. I ran it to just shy of 120 in 4th gear! If it had Z rated tires I'd love to find out what it tops out at. She was still pulling when I let off. Mac has been in that little car and will attest to the insane speeds it will go in each gear but what is crazy is that it pulls so strong you could (and Henry never did go much past this) shift at 3-4K and go through the gears and not have a clue it had a set of fangs when you run it to the redline. It is geared stupidly tall and yet has an insane ability to pull high gears at low rpm. It is amazing for reasons I can't explain. Oh and it gets >30 mpg

That 'Stang looks killer. Mods?
2  General Category / General Discussion / Memorial thoughts..... on: May 28, 2018, 12:16:06 PM
We should all take the time to at least think about those who gave their lives so we can do what we do.

I personally don't think  "happy Memorial Day" is appropriate for a day honoring those who gave all. I like "hope you have a peaceful Memorial Day".
3  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Amp Camp Amp is back on: May 10, 2018, 06:20:34 PM
Michel, please do not take this wrong but there is no other way to say it............WTF did you expect? Your source is a damn phone! Smiley

Get a real source and line stage before you judge the amps on any level.

While you may have had good success in the past with your phone the fact that you have not had a "revelation" may be due to the fact the source sucks and the amps are not the limiting factor. Smiley

I know where you can get a world class line stage for a song. Smiley
4  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: amp for the truth preamp on: April 21, 2018, 12:25:34 AM
Thanks Toopy. I really appreciate the kind words from you and everyone else as well. It's been an amazing ride for us. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that a humble little speaker could have led me here, it's crazy and it's all due to folks that took a chance on a crazy dude in SC.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and I'll do everything I can to not disappoint anyone.
5  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / The New Review is here! on: March 28, 2018, 11:16:29 PM
All I can say is "wow". I had no idea what would be said. I don't get a preview! I was surprised at the results of the copper vs. silver. I was not on board with the silver at first but have come to the conclusion in my system I do think the silver is a "good thing" although I have not wired mine with it and not even with the VH copper. My "reference" is a single power supply, regular wire, just like 95% of them.

All can be upgraded to any level but honestly if you're happy now, why bother. I will not be upgrading mine! The changes made were just the natural evolution of the thing. Nothing can be done to the actual circuit to make it "better", no fancy parts, nothing. That leaves only the selector switch, RCA's, wire and the second supply. The selector is just fine and the RCA's are too. Fancy RCA's in my opinion will not sound any different but may hold up better to a lot of cable swapping. So that only leaves the p/s and wire. With the fancy wire and second supply it's "done". It has reached the "best it can get" stage.

Thank you, Mr. Arthur Salvatore for taking the time and effort to write about my "little baby".

Thanks to all of you guys too who took a chance on a goofball like me and trusted that I'd always be here for you. It means a lot to Helen, Sidney and I. We won't let you down!

And here we go!

6  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Phase issue on: March 25, 2018, 06:59:22 PM
Dieter, of course you can post anything here about anything.

Ok, the battery test will show if the woofers are in phase with each other and you can identify the "positive" wire. Now, that will tell you nothing about the midrange or tweeter polarity. For that you will have to look at the xover to see if they are wired the same. Keep in mind it is not uncommon for the tweeter or midrange or both to be wired opposite polarity to the woofers but the speakers should both be wired the same. You'll need to look at the xover to know for sure.

It also could be that "it is what it is" and they just are like that.
7  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: New Review coming, EXPANDED preview here! on: March 23, 2018, 11:18:03 PM
Hey Tony, better heal up before May. Smiley

Ok, the review will be out very soon, this weekend or early next week. The delay was just due to Arthur changing his system around and waiting on his speakers and other stuff to happen. I reckon he'll describe the changes to his system but I do not know for sure.

I have no idea what he'll say. We don't talk about that. I have no idea what his opinion on the silver unicrystal vs. the copper unicrystal.

I'm very anxious to see what he thinks of the dual supplies and fancy wire. Nothing else can be done to the circuit that will improve it. So, this is it, other than a fancy case there is nothing else i can do to make it actually "better".
8  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: amp for the truth preamp on: March 22, 2018, 11:00:47 PM
Link please! Smiley
9  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: New Review coming, EXPANDED preview here! on: March 01, 2018, 11:48:15 PM
Hey Audiostar, I reckon Mr. Salvatore will publish when he's ready. He does not give me advance copy or warning. I've not spoken with him since before Christmas but that is not unusual because as I said I have no input in his thoughts. I have 2 sets of fancy xformers we will use in the next experiment for trying to get "gain with no pain".

The other wrinkle is I've not been in great shape for experimenting and doing stuff other than what I had to get done. I got the shingles right after New Years. The damn things were a drag and still are to some extent. They made me very tired and the pain and itching kept me awake so I was wiped out all of Jan. and most of this month. It was the fatigue that bothered me most and it was a combination of the virus and the lack of sleep. Pain and itching while awake was not a big deal.

Coming back to life and I hope to have some time and energy to devote the the next xformer experiment!
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sidney on: March 01, 2018, 11:33:18 PM
Hey Audiostar, so nice of you to ask! She will graduate next Dec. She is doing great in both grades and social life. She's hooked up with some of the nicest nerds in the world. Both the guys and girls. They are all best of friends and look out for each other like a pack of dogs. I actually feel "ok" with regard to worrying about her safety and such. Those kids give me hope things may be "ok". They are damn fine young nerds.

My only concern is that they are all complete nerds. All 6 of them combined almost make a competent person from my generation! Make no mistake, they are far from incompetent in what they are studying and school but if they (all 6 working together) had to put a set of brake pads on a car (something I could do at 15) and gave them all the tools and instructions I'd be on the phone with them for an hour describing what should happen in 10 minutes! That is assuming they could figure out how to safely jack the car up and get the tire off. I'd not bet they could accomplish that goal!

Bless their hearts. Smiley

 Helen and I are really wanting her to come home for a little while after school. We miss her so much and just want her home for a little while before she moves on to her grown up life. Pretty sure we'll have little say in that, she'll do exactly what she wants to do, always has and probably always will. Heaven help her husband.

11  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / HornFest 2018 ? on: February 18, 2018, 01:06:44 AM
Well, Helen said if we are going to do it at least give the guys warning. As the years have gone by the "HornFest" has become more of a party among friends than an "audio fest". This is a good thing. It was never about us "selling stuff" but rather a get together of us crazy "audiophiles" and an opportunity for us to meet the folks that have supported us and anyone else that likes audio and stupidity. The fact that you guys bring stuff to hear is a good thing too! Smiley It was never  a "sales event" or an effort to sell anything as far as we were concerned. It was about meeting and being with you guys that have supported us and about meeting new folks with like, guns, beer, fireworks..... and fun.

As always, we welcome everyone but sure hope you "regulars" will make the trip.

I'd love to be educated on the streaming tech.

Please let us know if you have any interest in showing up in SC in May for some audio and stupidity. First weekend in May.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The greatest event in sports. on: February 04, 2018, 03:30:47 PM
I dunno Steve, the Puppy Bowl is pretty special too! Could be a tie! Smiley
13  General Category / General Discussion / Puppy Bowl tonight! on: February 04, 2018, 03:12:04 PM
Why watch a bunch of overpaid, (in many cases) non patriotic, (in many cases) thugs when the Puppy Bowl is on Animal Planet!?

Puppy Bowl XIV..... the real "super bowl"  Smiley
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Spotify audio SUCKS on: January 21, 2018, 12:43:14 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the input. Helen listens to Spotify on a few different devices and it sounds ok on them. When she logged in on our main system it was just bad. Very compressed. We compared some tunes from You Tube to the same ones on Spotify and it just was not close. Keep in mind I have no idea about the resolution of each but YT was clearly better. I then compared a song on YT to a record...yea, the record was better for sure. I'll give it another go.............

I have not tried Tidal and actually do not know a thing about it.

I will look into it.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Spotify audio SUCKS on: January 07, 2018, 07:44:46 PM
Ok, Intel Compute Stick into 55" Smart TV, Stick is hooked to TV via HDMI. TV has optical digital output, this goes into our Cal Audio Labs DAC which is hooked to stereo. TV outputs all sources on the optical out.

You Tube audio is damn good. Spotify is unlistenable . I mean, so God awful bad it hurts my ears. How do people listen to this? The difference between the two is staggering.

I've not tried other streaming audio but all Movies and You Tube are pretty freaking good. Spotify on the other hand is simply awful.

Most everything running through TV is very, very good.

 Anyone else have any opinions on Spotify vs. YT sound quality?
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