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1  General Category / General Discussion / My lazy Glock... on: August 05, 2018, 08:52:25 PM
Today, I placed my Glock 9mm pistol on the table right next to my front door. I left its full magazine beside it, then left it alone and went about my business.
While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor next door mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the ”stop” sign at the end of the road.
After several hours, I checked on the gun and it was quietly sitting there, right where I had left it. It had not moved itself outside. It had not killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities it had been presented to do that. In fact, it had not even loaded itself.
Well you can imagine my surprise, with all the hype by the Left and the media, about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong, or I’m in possession of the laziest gun in the world.
The United States is 3rd in murders throughout the world.
HOWEVER, if you take out just 5 ’left-wing’ cities: Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, St Louis, and New Orleans — the United States is 4th from the bottom, in the ENTIRE world, for murders.
These 5 cities are controlled by Democrats. They also have the toughest gun control laws in the USA.
It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data, right?
Well, I’m off to check on my spoons. I hear they’re making people fat!
2  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: New Review coming, EXPANDED preview here! on: August 04, 2018, 10:09:51 AM
Thanks Mohd, the top is metal......aluminum in fact! Also, if you turn yours over it is blue like the front! I thought it looked better with the black side out.
Welcome aboard.
Ed
3  General Category / General Discussion / Our Bass in the pool! on: July 23, 2018, 12:59:37 AM
Some of you know we turned our pool into a pond 6 years ago. I went to the fish hatchery and bought baby bass and catfish. The experiment went well. The pool became a self sustaining pond. I NEVER fed the fish after the first 6 months. They quit eating the floating fish food. We never saw them or at least rarely. Had no idea how many if more than a couple were in there. I've learned a LOT about bass and fish in general! In the pond they do not ever swim...you will never see them. They swim to eat, otherwise it's just happenstance if you see one at night with a flashlight...they hide in the plants.

At the "party" this year I think it was Eric that was standing near it at dusk and saw one snag something out the air. We have never seen anything like that. And never a fish even close to a foot long. In 6 years I've only seen 2 side by side once. I have thrown all kinds of insects in there. The water is clear and they swim around and drown and float to the bottom. I just gave up feeding them.

The Monday after the party I bought some worms...Holy SHIT...we have BIG fish! It only took them until Friday to take worms from my hand! I had trouble in the video because I spooked them moving the plants. They now come to the side and wait to be fed. The damn things STILL will ONLY eat worms and whatever else they have been living on! Those were big "night crawlers by the way!

They can take a small red worm from my fingers with just a piece of him showing and I can not feel it. The water is clear enough to see it looking at me and for me to see it gently pull it from my fingers. Truly crazy! It's no longer a mystery how a fish can "steal bait"! They still will not eat crickets or grasshoppers but a worm barely hits the water before it is gone. They have been in the pond since they were 2 inches long. Go figure?

Hope y'all find this as amusing as I do.   https://youtu.be/_ieMHS7DMJw

Ed
4  General Category / General Discussion / Happy Independence Day! on: July 04, 2018, 07:58:17 AM
I think we should remember why we celebrate the 4th of July......way too many people don't even know and that makes me sad.
Ed
5  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 all...no shit.....The 2000 Honda Civic Henry gave us when we really needed it a couple years ago. Henry thought it was an "economy car" ....it is.....one 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?
Ed
6  General Category / General Discussion / Memorial Day....my 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".
Ed
7  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
Ed
8  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.
Ed
9  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!
Ed

And here we go!  http://www.high-endaudio.com/RECENT.html#Feb

10  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.
Ed
11  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".
Ed
12  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: amp for the truth preamp on: March 22, 2018, 11:00:47 PM
Link please! Smiley
Ed
13  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!
Ed
14  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.
Ed

15  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 interests...audio, 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.
Ed
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