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PhilDent last won the day on April 20

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  1. Congratulations Mark! Like most parents, I think we all want our children to learn to set goals, work hard, delay gratification, and achieve those goals through sacrifice and hard work. It is so rewarding when this achievement is not only accomplished, but also recognized by others. What a proud day. Good job. PhilDent
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    Recordings and quality

    I think source material is very important. I've even heard some argue that it is the most important component of the audio chain. I used to think that Hi Res audio was the best audio possible (Hi Res as defined as better than 16bit/44.1k) But then my experiences proved otherwise. I started to download from HD Tracks and other Hi-Res sites. At times the tracks sounded fantastic. Other times I was very underwhelmed. During this time, I also noticed that certain CDs sounded great. My doubt began to grow. However, I held to the belief that Hi-Res must be superior to Redbook CDs. Then I did an A/B comparison test. I downloaded tracks that were natively recorded in 24/96 and also downconverted to 16/44.1. I settled in one night, fired up the Carver, confident that I would easily be able to tell the difference. I listened critically, and listened critically some more. I eventually went to bed depressed. I couldn't tell the difference. - so much for having golden ears. So my current conclusion is that there are many factors that can make music sound great. Just because it's Hi-Res does not mean it's going to sound great.
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    Poll: Analog or digital music source:

    Convenience is a definite factor for me. I have a Yamaha receiver that has a usb source in that I find so convenient. I use the pre-outs into a C-1 and then into an m500tmkii. Even though I think that I might do better with an outboard standalone DAC, it is so convenient to just use the receiver to decode. And I doubt that I could tell the difference in a blind ABX test. So mostly I find myself using the usb stick to listen to music. I listen to multi-channel as much as possible, but there is unfortunately so little content. PhilDent
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    Do you know any jokes?

    "I'm addicted to placebos. I'd give them up, but it wouldn't make any difference." ~ Steven Wright
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    Do you know any jokes?

    I think everyone eventually goes to Walmart...you know...if they die without Christ. -Emo Phillips
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    What are you listening to?

    This is more wife friendly than Steely Dan.
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    Thanks for the Ride Burt

    Years ago I did a shoot with him. Off camera he told a funny story about his stuntman buddy Hal Needham. I think I kept rolling sound; I should go look through the archives and see if I still have it. PhilDent
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    What are you listening to?

    I just bought the 5.1 DVD Audio of this and it is fantastic. I wish there was more of a catalog of multi-channel and they weren't so darn expensive. Seems like everything is a minimum of $50.
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    Carver Sweatshirt

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    Carver Sweatshirt

    I was perusing the net for Carver gear and came across this sweatshirt. Is this new or am I late to the party on this one? I think this would be a great to wear at CarverFest.
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    What are you listening to?

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    Karma - free Silver Edition Amazing Loudspeakers

    Congrats Turbo! Enjoy the music.
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    Karma - free Silver Edition Amazing Loudspeakers

    John, This is unbelievably generous Karma. I'm going to say IN and see if I was meant to have such awesome speakers. PhilDent
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    Karma: CT-3 with Remote

    IN with 34!
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    A few "life" updates...

    I heard this song in a strip club years ago and I always wondered who it was. That was the night I learned that when a stripper asks you, "How was my dance?" It actually means "Give me a dollar". On another note, Chops I'm curious how the nuprime sta-9 amp compares to the m500tmkII.