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PhilDent last won the day on April 20 2018

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    Growing up, I wasn't allowed any sort of pin-up shots, so I was limited to posters of hockey players and bands. My mom hated this one so much that she made me take it down.
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    What are you listening to?

    Randog311, I remember listening to this song (and the entire 90125 CD) at my friend's house. His parents had just bought a Kenwood CD player and Bose 901's. I was blown away at how good it sounded. I pre-ordered this months ago and it just showed up today. Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here in 5.1
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    What are you listening to?

    This is Sea Change by Beck in 5.1 I've been wanting this for a while and finally sucked it up and paid more than I wanted to. It is mixed by Elliot Scheiner. I find his mixes to be stellar and to date have not found one that I did not enjoy. This one is fantastic.
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    RAID anyone ??

    Mark, I feel your pain: After seeing your stockpile in another thread, I felt both dumb and naively unprepared. I would like to upgrade eventually to a raid, but I've been backing up my data using a different method. I buy two physical drives and copy everything to both - one primary, the other a mirror. Years ago, I started with two 500MB drives. Each time that I've run out of space, I've doubled the capacity. So I've gone from 500MB, to 1TB, to 2TB, to 4TB. Right now I have two 8TB drives. I also have an online backup service that also mirrors the primary drive. This approach also has extra redundancy in that I keep all of the older drives, so the older data is also backed up over several drives.
  5. Does anyone else have problems playing back the tracks linked above? When I try and playback most of the tracks, they cut off after 10 - 15 seconds. I've tried re-downloading and also just playing them back from the link, but so far no joy. Am I doing something wrong?
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    Barry Galvin’s Current 2 channel setup

    Thanks for the pictures Barry. That's a cool setup.
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    Just got here...

    Welcome Mr. Dew, I'll echo with what others have said. The C-1 BillD and the M500T Mkii are excellent choices. Enjoy the music.
  8. I'd like to set up a system for my wife's home office. She uses a tiny Bluetooth speaker. This would allow for quite an upgrade. I'm in with 346
  9. I bought this for myself on a Black Friday sale. It's an Elac Uni-Fi UC5 center channel. I'd already had it integrated in my system, but Wifey gift wrapped the box and put a new framing hammer inside. I guess that was her subtle hint that she wants some stuff done around the house. I see some rustic, floating shelves in her future.
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    Itch's Office System (CF275)

    What an awesome office system. Are those speakers KEF LS-50s? I've read so many good reviews of them and wondered if they would pair well with Carver gear.
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    RIP: Larry Roberts

    I'm glad that Al Gore "took the initiative to create the internet", but he could've kept that global warming stuff to himself.
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    What's cookin?

    The bark on that brisket looks great! I love me some brisket. In my earlier years, I worked for a Texas BBQ caterer, that specialized in brisket. They had a smoker that could hold 2000 lbs of meat. I remember one big catering, where I carved almost 50 briskets in one service. Since then I've developed my technique for smoking. I've never used a traeger, but I've heard that they have great results since they keep such a consistent temp. I use a weber smokey mountain, which is much trickier to keep a consistent temp. Typically, I use Kingsford Charcoal mixed with smokewood, but I've been experimenting with Royal Oak. I've smoked them as long as 14 hours. The last one I did was 18 lbs. It was both the point and flat muscles. I could barely shoehorn it onto the cooker. After seasoning, I cook it fat side up around 200 - 225 until the internal temp reaches 170. Then, I foil it (aka the Texas Crutch) and put it back on the cooker until internal temp reaches ~195. Rest it in a cooler until it's time to eat.
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    Dogs - Post Em' If You Got Em'

    This is our family dog. Kids named her Habu (Long Story). She is a papered AKC Rhodesian Ridgeback
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    What's cookin?

    That roast looks awesome. I do prime rib every Christmas Eve and I have experimented with a couple of methods. My favorite is to slow cook at 200 until I'm just under desired temp. I tent with foil and let rest. I crank the oven as high as it will go. In the meantime we serve up all the veggies and sides and I throw the roast back into the oven for about 15 mins. Then I immediately carve and plate the hot slices.
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    What are you listening to?

    I got this album when I bought a collection of SACDs from another member here. It sat on my shelf for a long time because I never was much of a NIN fan, and most songs I can't play when my kids are within earshot. I gave it another listen recently, and while I would characterize the majority of the tracks as cacophonous, auditory aggravation, there are a few tracks that I could tolerate. I was surprised by the impressive utilization of the 5.1 soundstage. Trent Reznor creates layers of sound that I found myself unexpectedly enjoying.