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  1. halfbaked

    Hello From Gilbert Arizona!

    Methinks I'm not young anymore yet I still do stupid things being here is not one of them. Glad to say that hanging around here and getting some excellent Carver to listen to is such a great part in my life. Welcome and beware of OCCD.
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    Hashy's Bench

    Excellent and have an abundant business. You will be much happier. Besides like others here I have some business that sounds like it's heading in your direction now. I can't wait to send you an inquiry. First I have to take care of something. To empty my slate.
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    Bob and MQA

    I was running through a few pages of cd's. I noticed one saying MQA, I think it was a Japanese import which means not the double ripoff but a triple (Japanese imports are more expensive. Having just read the piece. it made me laugh after having read the piece by the Bobfather.
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    Weird headline of the day

    Andrew was a total loss at Homestead its landfall. I was there 6 months afterwards debris followed the sidewalk 5-6 feet high. So uniform it resembled trench warfare. Someone asked me about it after I came back I just said downtown Beirut. With Katrina it hit Florida as a cat3 I think and moved fast for a hurricane it gained strength once it hit the gulf. It grew into a monster. Thinking what I saw from Andrew and knowing New Orleans is below sea level. I can't even know how people endured through it. I'm still here, I'm flexible if a opportunity came up. Or the water level. South Florida has no natural hills. Landfills are the local hills. If something happened quickly it would be devastating. I haven't up to the border in a few years. I seem to remember taking 6-7 hours to get there. 95 turns downsizes into 2 lanes. One can't dwell on things like that. How could one live in San Francisco if it decides to slide into the Pacific? Katrina survivors were place in temp housing around the country. Which included down here. They left New Orleans with only the clothes they were wearing. Back to Andrew, Each and every home was gutted out. By that I mean Andrew itself emptied sheetrock, doors and anything the winds could gather from inside the homes. As if each home was a wind tunnel. Every "shell" of the home that stood all had one thing in common. On each spray painted had two lines of information. The top line was the insurance carrier the second line the policy number. House after house, being 6 months afterwards was the shock for me. The zoo down im Miami let animals out of cages. There was survivors lived have settled in the swamp inside Florida. Of course gators make home there and wander onto peopleland every so often. This obviously is not hurricane related but between them and the free running jungle critters makes me a bit shy for any swamp incursion. Yellowstone would be one place to spend a few days at. As long as the politicians dont sell to the Corporate interests. If public land was put into trust I don't understand how it could be sold so fast. Then again look how one Republican steps into the FCC deems Net Neutrality to be over. Even though American Tax Dollars were used to develop an idea. This same guy can freely hand our Internet into Corporate hands for no cost? Sorry for the sidetrack but those events sure go against the betterment of our country and people. Getting back to mother nature something could happan anywhere at any moment. I think most don't get preoccupied. In most cases a better side of humanity shows. Not in all but certainly many.
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    Weird headline of the day

    4krow It's all good thought about Colorado a few ago. Weather usually is a safe topic for anyone to chime in on. Your same thought could be said about earthquakes. They have said statistically speaking Florida has a 25% chance of getting hit be a major hurricane. What me worry? Alfred E. Newman approah of life. Now I have never been to Saskatchewan. Though I believe safe to say there is a 100% chance of cold. The Northern lights would be something that I want to see. I just haven't made it north enough yet to be in the sky. That eerie horizon glow is all I have seen. I've lived in Zoo York, spent formative years in Jersey. An old movie in its background plot had a "Dallas" type of Soap Opera with something of a tagline New Jersey not just a state, it's a state of being. At least the concept was along those lines. Florida how would put it's weirdness? When I first came down I would just say it has it's own time zone. Not talking about time either. Years ago the MajorGeeks site has a Florida Friday section which usually cover something true and bizzare. For example http://m.majorgeeks.com/news/story/florida_friday_even_dogs_are_weird_in_florida.html
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    Weird headline of the day

    I saw something last year. I should have made a video. During the rain and wind of one , a hooker was walking up and down the street. Didnt matter that not one car was driving by. They're don't walk where I live but only so often. What prompted that one I have no idea. I suppose like the postmen they have to work no matter the weather.
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    Well, I am back to visit the site.

    Grats on able to bounce quickly back from surgery. My left knee was done 33 years ago with the old method even for back then. The surgeon felt with the damage sustained it would provide the most stability. I only bring this up as I was too young at the time for knee replacement. Now I go to the VA and get asked how has it been I will tell them while they are looking for a replacement for their replacement. The life cycle I'm told is 20 years for them. In physical therapy I was talking with another vet who apparently had some alergic reaction so he had to quickly go again under the knife. He's the first I've spoken about reacting to a replacement. It's so easy to have unexpected reactions so do well with your recovery.
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    Weird headline of the day

    I'll keep the Hurricane invitation open as there is plenty of time for the current Hurricane season. I couldn't help but notice no invitations when I'm heading out of the path of one. You do know cold. I traveled a bit in my youth. Paul McCartney probably my last concert I will attend "the pain the pain" I'm to tall and too many miles for those dinky seats. Though hitting a few other places would be nice. Not sure if Goose Bay is on the list or not.....
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    Weird headline of the day

    I should say that I moved down here right after Andrew. I lived mostly in the NE most of my life. Been in San Diego for a couple of years in service. I know cold, then again once outside with a temp around -3° I've been colder I was just wearing a scarf not too breathe in too much cold. Someone nearby shouted out "you think it's cold here?" I looked up with his next word being "come up to Duluth" Wherever you are, there is a great chance it could be worse.
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    Weird headline of the day

    Invitation anyone wants to experience one for real down here. Next time a cat 3 or 4 comes near me feel free to come down here in Florida. You better some set of cajones if you come for a cat 5. I'm just about 4 blocks west of the intercostal so if you want to see the surge go for it. Don't bring anything cold as power may be down for a few days, daze? Last year one knocked my power out for 5 days. When Maria hit Puerto Rico last year it was a cat 5. Cat 5 is where you seriously think about fleeing for a while. You just never know. Katrina quickly plowed through as a cat 2 or 3. Everything changed as she really picked up steam from the hot gulf water. If I ran out of the path of one the main Carver components can be carried in my car. Could someone help to save my speakers?
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    Hi all!

    Attendee's having been shy about the fest. I can't decide if it's really great to hear. Which it is...... Or, a bummer to have missed it? With a real should've, afterall just hearing afterwards Bob himself would fix the mess I made from building an amp that itself would have alone been worth it. For now I will settle for vicariously living with through others.
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    Recordings and quality

    MoFi question first do you listen as a cd or sacd? Also if the disc offers surrond sound do you listen as surround or stereo? My first hdcd was an accident as I was looking for the album and grabbed it without a real look at the cover. Cars first for those curious but not asking. It's a shame that Audio Fidelity is closed. They had plenty of titles I would have purchased if not so limited by their runs. The additional cost is a factor that I tend to buy the albums well known rather than one that only offers a song or two. Not that the new-ish XRCD which are Japanese imports doesn't offer much for me but some of you would be right at home with. JVC maximizes the mastering side starting fresh from the master tapes using 20 bit mastering then brings it to 16 bit for Redbook. The their K2 processing involves the ultra high quality of coding for the disc. The few discs I have explains all of the processing involved. I just sprinted through to offer a quick account of them. Interesting how a few mentions of the human element. I mentioned elsewhere how Sgt Pepper a obvious very listen eed to album sound so much better with their most recent remastering. Really gave me a new listening experience. The hearing also offered a better appreciation of George Martins techinical wizardry of the time. After I work out the couple of kinks from listening. I can't wait to hear my system as it should be. It's also funny to me when someone asks about the system and as far as the electronics go aside from the disc player tthe next newest piece is 20 years old. Sometimes one of my neighbors occasionally borrows a disc player since he doesn't have blu-ray yet. I have a Carver CD player among the gear and use that in the interim. Works nicely but starts the skipping every so often. My DVD audio experience has to do with burning a show into that format. One box set offers a DVD audio. To me I see the Blu-ray discs are the ones used for the high-end discs for the box sets. Also the same format not mentioned so far. The consistency of opinion speaks volumes of agreement of the various formats of the members.
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    Actual physical related.....

    DaddyJT it is obvious with you using the top shelves. We have that advantage. The low shelf would be the problem for me. I notice the right side. Not knowing those were for cd's. Wow you actually have space to have all in one location. I never had a situation like that so a extra cookie for you. Yes I'm envious of that alone. When I was with vinyl I used one room and it was not enough. Discs make it easier though only have a fraction of discs compared to LP's back in the day. DaddyJT Are your cd racks the same size of the video or scaled down to cd size? I like these digipacks/mini-LP there's probably other names depending with the label. Ugh freaking jewel boxes always breaking. I ordered one that came in and of course even though brand new by the time it was delivered the case was with multiple cracks. Also for me those mini-albums really have that album feel. Jewel cases did not have that feeling. I suppose the different pieces of an album as oppose to the gatefold Brian the box sets would fill a regular book shelf right now so really looking for a two or three shelf solution. I'm not counting those more like DVD case size. The big box sets are big so it takes far fewer to fill the shelf. Also each box is for a single album. Most of mine are roughly 12" x 12" size. There is the ones of the book look and for me the binder side is also about 12". Having said that I'm with you with with the sets might be similar in size and 10" box set is included. I should clarify by box sets I refer to the large limited editions usually of a single album. The small boxes having multiple albums of an artist are around cd size. Those I say DVD size are an approximation as those do vary in size. Brian it is funny how inconvenient something could be even though like you a step in a certain way can offer space but making it difficult to reach over does make one not use that like the one in a good location.
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    Actual physical related.....

    Very nice the possibility of vertical display of boxes I had previously done years ago until you just jogged it. There are many sets that are far more DVD box side. For me the non-standardized box sets and other packaging sure does not lend itself alphabetically or uniformity. That is a very nice wall set you made. Very nice indeed I have to kick a friend to motivate him. One in the bedroom would be nice for video. Besides the living room. Nice clean and simple and open to easily read and use. That's the way storage should be. When there are too many piles even after donating books. Besides some people would never understand why one would want to collect. Going high on the wall is so very smart as well. Excellent use of space. Obviously neither of us is short. One general question. Is your music in one location or different places?
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    Recordings and quality

    We know we are listening great quality equipment. Our source material can be so scattered. We all have our personal taste. Without the over the top audiophile talk. Do people hear try to obtain quality source material? Are there formats you like or dislike? I buy my musical taste and purchase quality the same. Mofi offers SACD for instance. Last week for instance I bought an immersion box set of Pink Floyd Wish you were hear. The box includes DVD audio offers the album in Quad and 5.1 in 2 different bitrates also a LPCM stereo. With among the Blu-ray it also includes the same Quad, 5.1 in HD audio of 96kb / 24 bit. It just arrived so I offer no opinion. If one likes the music and has the equipment this certainly could test some of the fidelity questions. Also I bought Dire Straits Brothers in arms using K2 method. It seems so far all the k2 cd's are Japanese made. The sound is obviously excellent right from the start. That I've played a couple of times and impressed. No definitive opinion. Because another item I purchased was a 20th anniversary edition which offered SACD/SACD Surround and cd on the disk. Does anyone else listen like this? I'm far far the discerning listener. The Beatles Sgt Pepper was like a new listening experience. When the quality jumps out like that I like to hear from others and maybe some general impressions. To me the regular release I thought so impressive when remembering to the vinyl in the 80's. Clarity and so natural without the tape hiss. Much better than the first remastered cd's. The multitracking so clear. I could go on but those interested probably more than experienced this many times over. Anyone else wants to offers their own experiences on this?