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  1. 20 points
    We just got back from the hospital and I have some more good news; Charles Jr is out of the coma and alert. They removed the breathing apparatus; he knows who mom and dad are and what year it is....The docs are now saying if he keeps improving, we'll be able to bring him home in possibly 2 weeks.... Mom and I will finally get some sleep tonight...
  2. 18 points
    Some cautiously optimistic news; Charles Jr has somehow beaten the odds and is now in serious (Was Critical) but stable condition. If everything proceeds as it is now, they are planning to take him out of the chemical coma Friday or Saturday... Thanks to all that sent prayers; I truly believe in miracles and the power of prayer... ✝️
  3. 14 points
    It’s been a while and I have made several system changes.
  4. 12 points
  5. 12 points
    Thought I would post a few pictures of my stuff. The speakers are JBL 250ti. I also have Martin Logan CLS and Kinergetics subs (not shown) that I periodically swap in for the JBLs. Two very different speaker systems. Amps are Sunfire 300x2 and Parasound HCA-3500. Also I have vintage McIntosh amps including MC-275, MC-7270, and MC-2205. And the Sunfire 600x2 which I will try to get serviced. My main equipment rack currently has the Apt Holman pre, a Technics SP-25 turntable with Shure V15vxmr cartridge in an SME Type III tonearm, and a Roksan Xerxes X turntable with van den hul MC-One cartridge in an SME 309 arm. I use the Bryston preamps for their phono sections. I also have Audio Research, Spectral, Berning, Music Reference and Sunfire Classic tube preamps that I swap in on occasion. Also, I use the Rane DEQ60L 1/3 octave EQ. Other sources are Technics RS-1500 RTR and McIntosh MR-78 tuner. Just about everything was bought used over nearly 45 years of being an audiophile.
  6. 11 points
  7. 10 points
    ...Or is anyone else sick of every commercial now being “We’re in this together”, “We got you”, “During this difficult times”, “the new normal”, etc. First, I seriously doubt the people at Microsoft are “in this” with me, nor do I think the advertising executives at Lowe’s know anything about the “difficult times”. Second, if we are only supposed to be operating “essential” businesses, and limiting anything over a small gathering of people, how is it that all these companies assembled the actors, camera men, gaffers, directors, producers, etc to make these new commercials without violating “social distancing” rules? And third, I am deeply troubled by the blind acceptance of all of this as “the new normal”. It’s oozing into every facet or our society, but it’s not normal, and it cannot continue. Normalizing it is wildly dangerous...
  8. 9 points
    I spent some time over the rainy Memorial Day weekend to complete a FULL capacitor upgrade on a Phase Linear Model 5100 Series Two. I had done the C-1 a few months ago. I find the PL tuner to be faster and more responsive than than the CT Seven. My wife, who wishes there be no electronics in view, was very complimentary of this display! (One more shout out to Bruce for his fine work on the cabinets!)
  9. 9 points
    I currently use a phase linear drs-900 powering some Infinite Slope model Two’s. I also use a Carver C-4000 in my basement system.
  10. 9 points
    Time to take a pause, and remember all those that have sacrificed the ultimate, for our freedom, liberty, and more. And, to share a story about those most close to us who served and died, in order to remember on this important holiday. I look forward to learning your stories and remembering their sacrifices with you. My father never spoke of his time in the service. As a kid, I remember him wearing his Navy service uniforms daily until they were threadbare. he served in the Navy first on LST supply ships to Europe, then in the South Pacific, with post-WWII service in Intelligence. He left this earth with all his stories untold. His military record somehow survived the VA Records fire of 1974, and I have it - although it's hard to piece it all together. These stories of the Greatest Generation fade, but are so critical to pass on to the next generations, so they know and can learn from the past. I grew up with a little brother, who along with his crew, was the first casualty only days after the march on Bagdad to liberate Iraq began, but in the other theater, over the border in Afghanistan. That's him at 39 yrs old, Lt Colonel, USAF, on the left, at the memorial service for him and his helicopter crew of the Komodo 11, of the 41st Air Rescue Squadron (The Jolly Green Giants). The entire crew perished from deceleration trauma when their HH-60 PaveHawk crashed on March 23, 2003 in rough terrain in Afghanistan. Most details remain classified, although some details have been revealed in private to me from those that new him, or were first on the scene. His friends revealed this photo to me, on April 5, 2003. The crew, on their way back to Dover Airforce Base. The entire crew to be remembered this weekend include: Lt. Col. John Stein, Capt. (Select) Tamara Archuleta, Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, Staff Sgt. John Teal, Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks and Senior Airman Jason Plite. All were outstanding achievers with unique stories. Honor and Remember the fallen - all of them. Teach your kids and grandkids. This flag flies at my house.
  11. 9 points
    Thank you SO MUCH CS! Members! The site's funds are in a great place thanks to you all. We will continue to improve the site's resources and features. Thank you thank you thank you!
  12. 9 points
    Just took possession of a Receiver 6200. Never had one before. I now have a working example of each of the anthracite set. Receiver 900, 130, 150, 6200, 6250, 2000 and AVR-100. All remotes except one for the 6200. I’ll gather them together and get some pics.
  13. 9 points
    Work in progress, have a ADC Soundshaper 2 MK2, with a couple bad sliders to add soon. But it will envelop you in clean, near painful music! No pics of the 10" powered KLH sub, off to the left behind the love seat. My recliner is in "the sweet spot"...and sweet it is. Cambridge Audio CX80 as a preamp, love the DAC in this guy! Sony 400 Disk DVD/SACD Carver M1.5T PS Audio Stellar S300 KLH Kendall's floor standers, Carver driven Focal 706's, PS Audio driven Audio Technica AT-LP5, standard cart, (AT95EX) KLH Windsor 10" powered sub Cheap Lenovo PC for streaming Tidal Tear it up!
  14. 8 points
    Thanks for the add. I have browsed these pages for awhile but finally became a member!thanks everyone and stay safe. Scott
  15. 8 points
    It's that time of year again to thank our veteran's past and present for your sacrifices, to protect our freedom, through your bravery may our country survive.
  16. 8 points
    I have been watching this one - local CL.
  17. 8 points
    I recently acquired a pair of Carver Silver 7t amps that have sat unused for approximately 20 years. While they both function in their present condition, I am looking forward to getting them tuned up by someone familiar with this type of amplifier so I can feel comfortable in using them. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks In advance.
  18. 7 points
    To those members on this site who have served or family members who have served our country including Canada, Thank you for your service!
  19. 7 points
    Saw this last night on the CBS Evening News. Veteran trumpet and bugle players discuss the power of playing "Taps"
  20. 7 points
    Danowood I am so happy that you did this. I know lots of Vietnam guys that would thank you as well. I took this at Field of Honor in Castaways Park in Newport Beach CA. The flags are placed along the entirty of a couple mile hiking trail and tied to each flag is a photo and the story about a fallen vet. Very moving.
  21. 7 points
    I'm amazed that it arrived with no scratches, dents or other anomalies....Dennis did one of the best pack jobs I've ever seen....
  22. 7 points
    There have been worldwide studies that show very plainly the virus has been spreading long before the 'data' has been collecting. Once community spread is evident, the ONLY strategy is mitigation. It is absolutely absurd to suggest this is '100% preventable'. No expert or physicist that I know of has ever suggested that on a scientific basis. It's lunacy. You can't stop the spread of viruses with this sort of transmission. The entire world is dealing with it. How soon we forget that not even Asian countries have 'contained' it and lo...the world has it because they did not and could not stop it. The expectation that we can stop it is outrageous arrogance. We can't control everything in nature...not even close. Pathogens are everywhere and always will be. Herd immunity is the only way out. It is the only way to reduce the risk - period. 7% fatality rate where? It's different in every region. That's also a CFR, not a an IFR. IFR diminishes to less than 0.3%, and of that 0.3% is DOMINATED by pre-existing conditions...that is, people who are already very ill or unhealthy. The more tests that are conducted, the more it is found the virus has much more penetration than was previously known, and that the vast majority of people can survive it easily. Correct rules? Pfft. Spare me. It's a cold. It transmits like a cold, has cold-like symptoms, and elicits an immune response to a cold. You survive it the same way you survive a cold - hydration, nourishment, rest, deep breathing in a moist warm environment, and plenty of stimulating foods like cayenne pepper, mint, garlic, eucalyptus, and camphor. Like a cold there is not treatment. Only supportive care because only your immune system can defeat it. If you think you're going to die if you get it, then stay home. Otherwise, let other people live their own lives. We all risk dying everyday. It's called living. So if anyone wants to rise up and be Jesus - instead of talking about how terrible life is, because, this IS life, maybe try working on what really matters. The politics, the name calling, the accusations and the stupid predictions DON'T help the vulnerable AT ALL. We help the vulnerable by supporting and promoting wellness. Out of all this bickering the real truth is always missed. Your own health and lifestyle are what really matters. The only way to beat a viral infection of this kind is a clean, healthy body that is nourished and well taken care of. That is a fact. It's a fact we'll all have to face at some point in our lives. You can't change the world, but you can change your wellness for the better, and that's all that you should be worrying about with respect to the 'health crisis'. The only other thing to worry about are your freedoms and rights. Make sure you keep them - no matter what.
  23. 7 points
    I'm on line to get this darling girl:
  24. 7 points
    Well this arrived today too....😁
  25. 7 points
    A UCF team has produced a continuously firing prototype of a H2/O2 rotating detonation engine, capable of running until the fuel is turned off – a feat previously thought impossible... https://newatlas.com/space/rotating-detonation-engine-ucf-hydrogen-oxygen/
  26. 7 points
    Personally, I'd rather be poorer than dead. Or even very sick. Once we have a vaccine/cure that has been widely administered, the world can safely resume close social activity. Until then, I shall stick by the safeguards put in place to save lives and ease the burden on the health system. The only way we can know the true numbers is to test everyone on the planet in one day. Oh, and test all the cadavers of people who have dies within the last five months, too. Then you will really know the enemy. When your Mother told you not to run into the street, she wasn't infringing on your rights. She was keeping you alive.
  27. 7 points
    It isn't normal and it won't be accepted. Those governors, like this idiot we have in Michigan, are going to pay for all of this. People showed up armed in the last protest here in Michigan. Continued violation of constitutional rights will justify use of force, and many Sheriffs and police and military WILL assist the people against these tyrannical displays of power. People will die to preserve freedom in this country. This is no joke. The governors better calm the fuck down or they will be responsible for bloodshed. The citizens of the United States of America are fully justified by law to resist tyranny. Our Constitution clearly, and emphatically, places the freedom and rights of the people OVER the power of the government. The wisest words ever spoken to the human race... Even the Left exists to fight tyranny. They despise the inequality of capitalism. Well...if the Public Health control of the population persists, how sure are they it won't be a capitalist enterprise that rises? After all, the real winners in all of this is the tech companies. How certain are liberals that their utopian society will rise from this? I wouldn't count on it. Not when the government is being bankrupted and the world wide tech companies are profiting substantially from all of this, and will gain even more power and wealth from covid-19 style restrictions, fear and eventual 'lifestyle'. Pay close attention to China and Russia and how they influence Youtube, Google, Facebook, etc. It's not a right and left issue - it's about whether the Unites States will exist anymore or not.
  28. 7 points
    Had been looking at Carver gear since long before I could afford it, and have recently acquired my first piece, a M 1.5T amp. So far, its amazing, as I had always imagined. Look forward to learning, sharing and talking to you folks!
  29. 6 points
    My big Marantz was a 2385. Sold it in May of 2009. Pics are long gone, but it looked like new and had a brand new wood cabinet. Like this: If you're just going to look at it, it's the best receiver I've ever had. If you want to actually listen, I like the Carver Receiver 2000 better.
  30. 6 points
    I had a guy give this to me a few weeks ago. I know its not powerful but yes I like the Marantz look too @4krow
  31. 6 points
    What we have up for grabs is a very nice Nikon D800E DSLR with 3 different lenses, spare batteries and charger plus some other accessories. I have a D850 so I no longer need this particular camera; please take note this is a complex camera to use and not a point and shoot. It also shoots 1080P video... Rules are simple: Pick a number between 1 and 100 and I will pick a winner on Thursday May 21 at Noon... Good Luck Everyone!
  32. 6 points
    On my bucket list. "Meet up and have a beer with Charlie."
  33. 6 points
    Welcome String !! Great amps you have there. Give Greg a call at Nelion Audio. He can discuss your amps and the possibilities for them. He's also very active here - probably because he owns the joint !! 😄 @Nahash5150 is his username, breathing life (and sometimes superpowers) into Carver gear is his game.
  34. 6 points
    All I can say, What Fuck is wrong with people?..... As time goes on, I keep thinking the movie "Idiocracy" is becoming a reality.
  35. 6 points
    I would like to wish all the women here or there a wonderful Mothers day. It is a day to really give thanks to mom's everywhere for their sacrifices and generosity to the family. There are a lot of things that wouldn't be if it weren't for women and a mothers special love for their children is undeniably like no other love. I love you Mom Happy Mothers Day 🌹
  36. 6 points
    I appreciated his take on dealing with dissenting opinions (the doctor), but the simple fact is that we've been lied to so much, for so long, with manufactured corroborated data, how can we be expected to believe anything? It begs the old joke, "How do you know when a politician is lying? When you see his lips move." The politicians seem to know this, so know they're training as ventriloquists.
  37. 6 points
    I love chess. Unfortunately, the news reports these days are no longer reporting facts: who, what, when, where, how, then speculate on why. Today's legacy media seems as if they view every situation through the lens of "How can we spin this to make Trump look bad/incompetent/evil?" Geez, just look how they reported the general Flynn story, not to mention the Russian collusion delusion they pushed for two years. Reprehensible "reporting".
  38. 6 points
    The AKA tube buffer is a bit ambitious, even for me. I did the unthinkable and used TWO power transformers in that heavy power supply box. One for audio circuitry and one for the tube filaments only. I can't recall what tubes went with the unit except to say that they were pricey. The unit sat around much too long, and it was time for it to be magical somewhere that it would be noticed. Some people wouldn't know or care about the difference. Tubes were new, but so were the caps and other components, so whatever break in needs to occur, maybe that is what you are starting to hear. Dunno. I am on the fence about some types of break in.
  39. 6 points
    https://www.reuters.com/ The articles I read seem to be devoid of unnecessary inflammatory language. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/reuters/ Rueters do's and don'ts. Do’s: Cover what matters in people’s lives and provide them the facts they need to make better decisions. Become ever-more resourceful: If one door to information closes, open another one. Give up on hand-outs and worry less about official access. They were never all that valuable anyway. Our coverage of Iran has been outstanding, and we have virtually no official access. What we have are sources. Get out into the country and learn more about how people live, what they think, what helps and hurts them, and how the government and its actions appear to them, not to us. Keep the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles close at hand, remembering that “the integrity, independence and freedom from bias of Reuters shall at all times be fully preserved.” Don’ts: Never be intimidated, but: Don’t pick unnecessary fights or make the story about us. We may care about the inside baseball but the public generally doesn’t and might not be on our side even if it did. (Amen) Don’t vent publicly about what might be understandable day-to-day frustration. In countless other countries, we keep our own counsel so we can do our reporting without being suspected of personal animus. We need to do that in the U.S., too. Don’t take too dark a view of the reporting environment: It’s an opportunity for us to practice the skills we’ve learned in much tougher places around the world and to lead by example – and therefore to provide the freshest, most useful, and most illuminating information and insight of any news organization anywhere.
  40. 5 points
    B&O , Yamaha, Onkyo and others FOR SALE BLOW OUT! ALL MUST GO! MAKE AN OFFER - For each or for the whole lot. Single Owner, beautiful, clean and well cared for. Visit HERE
  41. 5 points
    Not New But Tough to find..........
  42. 5 points
    Nice toys guys !!! My comfy, sporty, old-man ride: 2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250 ABS. Not ZX-14 power but plenty of go for me. Super smooth, great torque, 45 MPG when cruising. I bought it used in July of 2017 from a guy who bought an Indian to replace it. It had 3,248 miles on it. Bone stock. He said it was too fast and not comfortable enough for him and his wife. I guess he didn't realize the throttle is variable, not just an On / Off switch? I stole it for $4,500 but had to drive to Hickory, NC to get it - 4 hours one way. Dale Walker Stage 2 Performance Kit: (Installed by me) EFI Stage 2 Supertuner PAIR System Removed Secondary Butterflies Removed K & N Air Filter Airbox Cover Modified Dale Walker 1" T-6061 Mirror Spacers Dale Walker 1" Handlebar Risers HealTech Speedohealer Speedometer Calibrator HealTech Speedohealer GPI With TRE HealTech MM5 Multimeter Delkevic Carbon Fiber Muffler (Quiet unless WOT) Cox Radiator Screen Puig Front Fender Extender Corbin Seat Apollo Heated Grips Zero Gravity Sport Touring Windscreen Puig Windscreen Deflector RAM GPS Mount Skene Motorcycle Safety Lights (https://www.skenelights.com/) ADV Monster LED Headlights LED Brake & Turn Signals GIVI Xtreme 15LT Tank Bag GIVI V47N Top Case With LED Brake Lights, Liner Bag & Top Luggage Rack GIVI V35 Side Cases With Liner Bags Home Made Top Case Luggage Rack With GIVI Monokey Top Plate GIVI Monokey Side Case Luggage Rack Home Made Case Savers with Puig Adjustable Footpegs Marine Grade USB Power Port Marine Grade 12V Power Port I need to take some updated pictures - many of the upgrades were done after these photos were taken. My homemade case savers with highway footpegs. Blue is the stock dyno plot, red is after the Dale Walker Stage 2 kit install and tune. Mega torque at low RPMs. Nice.
  43. 5 points
    Sorry but all I could post was what I used to have. Actually I always thought that crotch rockets wouldn't be a very comfortable bike until I got this and it changed me mind. This bike was a blast to ride and I miss it. And of course another has been. Miss this one too.
  44. 5 points
    I still have the Marantz 4400 Quad Receiver, along with the Marantz Wired Remote and SQA-2 Decoder, that I bought at the Navy Exchange in Yokosuka, Japan when I was preparing to transfer from VAW-115 aboard the USS Midway (CVA-41) to RVAW-110 at NAS Miramar (January 1975).
  45. 5 points
    NFW ! This is exactly what my state-of-mind needed. Charlie, thank you very much for your generosity (especially in light of you current circumstances.) Not just for this Karma, but for all you have done for the members of this site! Steve
  46. 5 points
    Finished product after 6 1/2 hours.
  47. 5 points
    I'm with you, man. Early on down life's road, as it were, I've lost a friend or two, letting $hit get the better of me. A good wife was like an "enchanted mirror" a la the story of Snow White, that let me know how foolish I looked. 😉 Keep us posted on your resolution. BTW, I cut a deal on my 97lb Denon with the seller, amicable compromise is good.
  48. 5 points
    Like you, I don't let these things get to me. No reason to spend any energy going off... That's counter-productive to resolving the problem. Calculating in tolerance for the cost of risk (like a limit to losses in Vegas) into any shipped purchase (e.g., shipping damage or clueless seller-packing) is part of the process of identifying "good deals." My "worst shipping low" was a Denon AVR 5805 AV Receiver..., weight 97lbs. It showed up in a 24x24x24 inch box, (originally) filled with styro peanuts. It took one drop to split the seam, and all the peanuts fell out. There was some cosmetic damage, but I got it back to running, and sold it (hand delivered).
  49. 5 points
    Hi to all, new member from Oakton, Virginia here, just west of DC. I'm a long time audiophile. Not new to Carver but my major acquisitions of Bob's gear through the years have been Sunfire. I have the Classic Tube preamp, as well as the 300x2 and 600x2 amps. Currently thinking of sending my 600x2 in for another servicing since it has developed a slight hum in one channel. But it works so darn well with my Martin Logan CLS original speakers!
  50. 5 points
    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." AMENDMENT I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. AMENDMENT II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. AMENDMENT IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." People are not angry about Public Safety or Health concerns, they're angry about stuff like this: The YouTuber is a Democrat btw... The virus doesn't care what party you're in, and neither does a crashing economy. Lives are being ruined around the world because of these shutdowns. They must stop.
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