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1  General Category / Music / Doyle Bramhall II on: January 11, 2018, 05:18:26 PM
I haven't seen Doyle 2.0 since 2001 when he opened for Eric Clapton.  His latest album is pretty good IMO, but skip the vinyl, it's a muddled mess.  I'll never understand how people screw up so badly on mastering an album, but think of what T-Bone Burnett did to the Leon/Elton record.  The CD or a Tidal stream is better.

Anyway, I get to see him in Charlotte on 2/16 and I got some good tickets for a reasonable price.  Looking forward to it.  The guy can really abuse an electric guitar and the venue has good sound.  Should be a good night...
2  General Category / Member pictures / Re: My Horn System on: January 08, 2018, 01:41:40 PM
Did everything start turning white after watching insurance commercials?...John   

Flo has struck again.  Cheesy

It does look sharp derockster.

Dilly, dilly.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Spotify audio SUCKS on: January 07, 2018, 09:37:09 PM
Hey Ed, I haven't played with spotify.  I use Tidal hifi because Best Buy had a deal where you could get 6 months free with a music purchase.  I just use a chromecast audio dongel connected via wifi.  It sounds very good as the Tidal hifi version is supposedly lossless files.  I haven't tried Tidal standard.

Tidal hifi costs $20/mo. and standard is $10/mo.  Tidal has lots of content, even some Truckstop Preachers tunes. I'll probably pay the $20 once the six month trial is up.  You may find Tidal free trials if you are interested.

Some of the youtube content sounds pretty good as well, but I don't use it much.
4  General Category / Member pictures / Re: My Horn System on: January 05, 2018, 03:28:23 PM
Updated pictures

Very cool.  I see you adopted my cd storage system.   Cheesy
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year, everyone! on: January 04, 2018, 04:24:46 PM
Yes I'm happy, with an out of control moron that made the index go to 25,000.  Son of a bitch.  Cry

That said, quantitative easing needs to cease.  It's turning our country more dependent on charity from the masses that have no stake in investing. I can teach one of Ed's chickens to do well in the market when the tax paying idiots let our government pump cash into the market every month since 2009.

Obama made it to 6,500... and here we are.  No response or memory from liberal trash, lesbian or man-she community.

What happened to occupy wall street?  i guess they tired of shitting in our storm drains.  Or they had the where-with-all to invest.  Or they simply occupy their mamas basements. 

6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bug-A-Salt......... on: December 30, 2017, 06:35:50 AM
So, I got the bug gun and Sherry seemed underwhelmed (that wasn't all she got for Christmas, though I thought it would be the shit).  I see the potential, but I don't think she has grasped what this bad boy can do for insects.  I'll bet the house that once she uses it, it will be an integral part of life.  She hates flies and wasps, and often chases them down with newspapers (remember those?) and mags.   Smiley

She bought me a big bang cannon and a bunch of ammo.  I'll go old skool and piss off everyone on NYE, hopefully, rattling windows and nerves.

Christmas was good and I hope y'all had a good one as well. 

I figured out why I had such a crappy year with health issues.  I'm aging in dog years. 

Next up: velcro straps on my shoes, a bitching walker, and a permanent booth at the local cafeteria.  Sad
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: HAPPY RAMAHANAQUANZMAS! on: December 25, 2017, 04:19:54 PM
I hope everyone is having a fine Christmas and Santa was kind (no stockings full of coal, IRS audits, etc.).  Smiley
8  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Little Schiit Audio DAC on: December 13, 2017, 12:40:48 PM
You are correct Sonic.  I don't have a sound meter and Christmas is just around the corner.  I'd be proud to own your meter of choice.  Grin

But levels do matter, and I'm just being an ass regarding the Christmas present... but I wouldn't turn away a gift, unless it were from Ed or Steve.  Cheesy
9  General Category / Technical discussion / Little Schiit Audio DAC on: December 10, 2017, 09:32:48 PM
I got the small Schiit Modi 2 uber DAC to hook to an inexpensive, but pretty good Onkyo CDP (thanks to Randy for turning me on to that).  I haven't had a chance to play with it much, so the jury is still out.  I'll get a second opinion from "the boss" before declaring it to be better.  I have it hooked up with a relatively cheap coaxial cable from Emotiva.  They have a half price sale on cables.  The little I have experienced using the Modi is positive, it seems to be a little more relaxed sounding that the Onkyo built in dac.  

BTW, the Onkyo C-7030 is a nice player for $150, I have two in secondary systems with no complaints.  You can pick these up "used" on Amazon if you're careful.  The last one I bought was only $108 and supposedly an open box unit.  It was obvious the CDP was still factory sealed and perfect.  Smiley (cable sale)
10  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: December 10, 2017, 05:35:09 PM
I have a Schiit Mani as well and Ed's right.  The small box is excellent... it makes no sense. Huh  It's quiet, dynamic and makes great bass. 

With loading and gain options via little switches on the case bottom, you can match it with about any phono cartridge.  I'm keeping the TS phono stage and an old Cornet that has fancy parts since I have three turntables.

You'd have to spend lots of money to beat the little Schiit.  And it's fun to say "Schitt".  Grin
11  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: New Review coming, EXPANDED preview here! on: December 05, 2017, 06:38:36 PM
Other than gain, I can't see it getting better (at least for my up and downstream components and ICs).  I'm good with what I have, just like the Capt.  Grin

I will say the Truth has done wonders for the AVA Ultravalve amp.  That's a great combo.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Dayton Audio APA150 150W Power Amplifier on sale on: December 04, 2017, 01:56:34 AM
Just a heads up on the Dayton Audio APA150 150W Power Amplifier at a good price ($138 at PE).  A good sub amp at a good price or use it full range to make music in a non-critical setting.  Smiley

...And don't forget the Chromecast/Chromecast audio devices on sale for $20 and $25 respectively.  I'm streaming Tidal hifi through Chromecast audio and it's really good.  I'm pleasantly surprised how good this sounds.  I haven't heard Tidal standard.  Huh
13  General Category / General Discussion / Free Six-month Tidal Offer on: November 24, 2017, 06:04:05 PM
Get six months of Tidal standard or hifi with any cd or record purchase at Best Buy online or store by 12/02/17.  Even if you don't want music now, buy a $2 cd and get six months of Tidal.

I opted for the hifi service and it sounds nice.  The selection of music is huge.  Ed, they even have the latest Truckstop Preachers album. 

I just stream through the stereos via Chromecast audio dongels and it's decent quality.  BTW, Chromecast audio is now on sale for $25 and Chromecast video is $20 (normally $35 each).  The Chromecast ultra is $54; $15 off. 

A simple way to streaming music to your stereo and video to your tv if you're like me and just now testing the digital water.  Your PC, tablet or phone just act as user interfaces.  Once casted, the Chromecast devices communicate directly to your wifi, so the quality doesn't vary from phone to pc, etc.  In fact you can turn off your pc, etc. and Chromecast keeps playing the content.

14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving everyone..... on: November 23, 2017, 11:42:41 AM
Gobble, gobble.

Let's be thankful for all the fools that love us.

I wonder if CBS will replace Charlie Rose with Oprah?  I want even go political here, gotta save that for dinner.  Let the beatings begin!  Grin
15  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: amp for the truth preamp on: November 21, 2017, 10:59:44 PM
Martin, if you want to take a chance, this guy is making finished big power class D amps using a new module from Icepower (B&O).  I think it has 800 wpc into 8 ohms at 1% thd.  I don't know real world wattage numbers at decent distortion levels.

This is new, so there aren't any reviews, but the few guys that have heard it claim it to be dynamic, accurate and not nasty in the high frequency range.  The finished amp is $900 plus $50 for shipping.  He's taking orders for the fourth lot to be shipped in January. 

Read about it at AC forum and don't get caught up in the talk about kits; he's only making assembled amps now for only $200 over the kit price.  They are easily assembled.  Also, you can order better connectors and wire, but a tricked out amp would be substantially more $$$.

I bought a kit (earlier in the sale) for the hell of it since it seems I can sell it if it isn't working well for me. Wink  I'm still not convinced the highs are going to suit me.  It should arrive in a few weeks once the chassis is complete and in the seller's hands.

You can read about it here and there's a link to a long forum thread:
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