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  1. Hey Brian- Sorry to hear of your loss but happy that you are here with us. It's such a great group of guys. I wish that you all were in my town so we could meet up for beers and talk stereo and music. But I guess that's the reason for this great Carversite. Dale
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  2. Death Cab For Cutie I Will Possess Your Heart
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  3. Breaking Benjamin Far Away
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  4. Glad you did come back, @Bwest - you have my admiration for hanging in there as well as you are. I'm doing okay - I had a lot more time to "prepare" over all, and several months towards the end when she wasn't home any more, which meant it wasn't as . That said, what you describe about your feelings is absolutely 100% the same here. From everyone I know who have been through it, at least the first year is going to be rough, for sure. After that you hopefully start coming to terms with it, but, well, there really aren't any words - just know I get it, and nothing you feel is wrong - it all shows how much you cared, and still do. Feel free to PM me if you ever want to chat - I'm also happy to call and give you my number, though a heads-up I'm North of the border from you, so we I'm happy to put things on my nickel for calls - my long distance plan covers the US. :-) For now, keep putting one foot in front of the other, and know you were there through when it mattered most.
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  5. Here's another comparison analogy..., Digital photos, today, compared to the ViewMaster of our child hood. Of for some of us... I used to use one of these, to analyze stereo air photos, as a geologist when I got out of the university..., Up until the 80's, that's how the military looked at photogrammetry..., Now, with digital image processing, the missile silos, troop movement, geomorphology or ore deposits, are all identified by algorithms in the cloud. DARPA NET changed everything..., even the backbone for DARBEE with ethernet/WiFi feeds.
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  6. I'm so sorry @Bwest- having gone though essentially the same thing as you, in the same time frame (lost my wife the end of April), really I feel for you. The group, here were my saving grace. Someone, here will likely be able to get ahold of Mark for you. He had been bouncing around the country with travelling jobs for a bit. Good luck getting your friend's Polks patched up and singing, again. In the mean time, take care, and if you need someone to commiserate with, don't hesitate to get in touch.
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  7. Crash Test Dummies Superman's Song
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  8. Thank you for accepting my application! I have been meaning to come here for several months now, as I was sent here by another member to read-up on the Carver C1, and a modification called the Bill D. Early last winter, I was selling a subwoofer on the local classifieds. I received a call within a few hours from a guy saying he was interested, but was about 45 minutes away, and couldn’t make it out for 2 days (Toole is about 1/2 hour from Salt Lake). I agreed to hold it for him, and he came out as promised 2 days later. When he got here, I had the sub hooked up to demonstrate, and we listened for a couple minutes to a disc set he brought that is actually from this very site. I was blown away by the tracks he played, and said as much. He insisted that I keep the CD set, as he said he had another. I love the set, and use it a lot. When we went to get the box for the sub, he saw my Polk SDA 2 speakers, and asked if they were for sale. When I said no, he asked why I wasn’t using them. I showed him that 2 of the speaker wire nuts were broken, and that I didn’t have the cable connecting the 2 speakers together any more. At his insistence, we removed the plates that hold the speaker nuts, and he methodically marked and removed all the wires. He said he could fix me up, and get my Polks back up and running, so I trusted him to take the plates. 2 weeks later, he was back at my house. He had replaced ALL or the speaker wire nuts with beautiful gold ones, AND made a new cable to connect the speakers together! He installed all of this, and helped me move the speakers into position. We (mostly him, as I am not up to too much of that any more) got everything hooked up, and I was speechless. That wonderful Polk sound I remembered was back! I have listened to them almost every day since. And on top of all that, he wouldn’t let me pay him for any of it - he said he already had all the parts, and it was an easy job. We talked a little bit about the Polk sound, and he said what if I told you there was an even greater audio genius than Mr Polk? That of course Mr Carver. He told me that Carver made the Polk SDA sound into his preamps instead of the speaker, so the effect could be used on many other speakers. So here I am, looking at the C1. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun place to visit, and I thank you again for accepting me. Brian
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  9. That "technology" is just as good today. I have an ancient issue of Starlog magazine from the 70s that shows how to get the 3D effect from a pair of adjacent photos by crossing one's eyes. The Viewmaster took care of that for the user, and the result was as good as the source material. Since those pictures were taken from 35MM masters, the results were usually very good. I still have mine, and they've got lush, deep color and they're very sharp. I could imagine that the same player with high def pictures would be amazing. Just for the sake of the discussion, I was a dealer for 3dX back in the early 90s, which used a sort of fresnel lens in a modified rear projection cabinet to split an image into two imperfectly aligning images which was then resolved with glasses similar to the Epcot 3D movies of the early days. My demonstrator system was installed on a Pioneer Elite RPTV of a substantial size. The effect was quite striking. Not 3D as you're used to, with the images reaching out of the telly in an exaggerated fashion, but rather what 3dX called "depth enhancement", where the scene suddenly had a realistic viewing depth. Particularly striking when one would watch an action movie. Where... would that spike go? That appears to be an old patent medicine treatment for people who couldn't stop looking at pictures of landmarks. Ah, the old stereo photos. Long before the Dolby ProLogic photos took over the market. Those were the days. Still not as muddled as the new generation Atmos photos, where you have photo information overhead. It makes complete muck of the viewing experience, I'm afraid. Eagle Eye, indeed.
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  10. Mark is going to call you. 😀
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  11. Dang dude! Toole is only about a half hour from me here in West Bountiful, Utah! Man it's great to have another Utahn in here. @69Chevelle is from up North in Syracuse along with @Daddyjt. Thought this was a new post, then realized it was an older revived posting. So sorry for your loss Brian.
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  12. It's on the rig in my HT, and the best analogy I can think of is, it's a video graphic equalizer. When I played around with it, all I could do was make the picture worse. Fortunately, I took a picture before I changed anything, so I could set it back to "flat." There may be an option to turn it off... I don't recall. When I fire up the TV, I'll bring up the Darbee settings page, take another pic, and post it here. It will probably be either very late tonight or tomorrow. Here's a link to the user manual. It has several mentions of Darbee, and on page 59 it starts going into more detail. http://download.oppodigital.com/BDP103/BDP-103D_USER_MANUAL_English_v1.2.2.pdf
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  13. As a side mention - would the proper answer to this be "= 3"? Asking for a mate. Yes I believe this player will be getting a healthy dose of grain spirits when I open it up and begin working on it. Techspray makes a fine 198 proof beverage that will really make it shine. I've spent some time researching the current generation of players and I've seen there's maybe 5 now that have analog audio. The next best thing would be to have an external DAC, as you say, but that means the player must have a 1.4 HDMI output in addition to a primary HDMI 2.0 output. Things have changed so much from when I started. The very first time I walked into my hifi store, I encountered an NEC S-VHS machine. Playing through a Proton monitor, I was astounded at the quality. Compared to today's pictures, it looks like viewing the world through a teething tot's toy binoculars.
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  14. Here's the back of the 105, and it has both RCA and XLR analog outputs.
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  15. John Fogerty The Old Man Down The Road
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  16. Shinedown How Did You Love
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  17. If it's still available, and in good shape, that's a great price.
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  18. One must add value wherever one goes. Leave the earth a better place once you've done with your particular bit of it, and so forth. Thank you for the review!
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  19. I have the Yamaha BD-S1065 BluRay player for my Home Theater setup and I like it. I have had it for several years, still works great. I like your stories Butcher, the entertainment value is priceless.......😀
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  20. Even though they have left the business, I can't sing the praises of oppo players enough. I have four of them. The top tier players 203, 205 have quadruped in price since oppo left the business. The 103, 105 are still affordable. You can get a 103 for about $400, and the 105 is moving up pretty fast. The 105s are getting to the $900-1K range. The 103 shares the analog RCA outputs for multi channel and stereo. The 105 has dedicated stereo outputs in both RCA and XLR. The oppo will play CD, sacd, DVD-a, DVD, blueray, mp3, flac, ogg, and many other digital formats. It has both cable and wireless network capabilities, some built in streaming apps, Netflix, Tidal, YouTube, and a few others. oppo still supports the players, and you can find out a lot more here: http://www.oppodigital.com Good luck with your search.
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  21. Howdy! Glad you’re here!
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  22. Hello Bwest. Welcome to the site. It’s quite an amazing and knowledgable group of folks here. I am also in Utah just up in Syracuse
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  23. Welcome aboard @Bwest!!! Glad to have another fellow Utahn aboard here. I'm not too far from you up here in West Bountiful. This is a terrific bunch of folks up in here and best of luck finding that BillD modded C1, they're something else. Turbo
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  24. Welcome Bwest. We're glad you're hear! A BillD modified C1 Is an excellent choice. So is a C-11, C-4000, or a 4000t. They're all great choices, and they can all be improved upon a great deal by some very talented folks that hang out here. How about posting some pics of your Polks and the rest of your gear in the Members Systems area? We like all kinds of audio gear, and we all like pics. So kick your shoes off, pop the top on your favorite beverage, turn it up to 11, and welcome aboard.
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  25. Welcome to the forum Sir. Glad to have you on board ......
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  26. Welcome! If you ever need help with anything on the site, please let me know. Good luck finding a C-1 for your beautiful system.
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  27. Welcome to Carversite, Polk and carver are a great combo! I have SDA-1b’s being fed by my carver Crimson 275, Carver TFM-45 before that! ascalways enjoy the site, turn up the volume and have great time!
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  28. WELCOME @Bwest! Thanks for sharing how you got here. Polk and Carver are a great match!
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  29. Welcome to the group @Bwest! I agree with @loner_t that the fellow you met was very likely @Daddyjt - between the speaker addiction and the insistance to dive into fixing your Polks - his talents in that respect are truly amazing - he rebuilt my C1 & M1.0t. That said, there are a number of members from the SLC area who would no doubt would do what they could to help you get sorted out. If you haven't found it, there is also a very active Polk speaker group as well, and there are several folks, here that share membership. You can definitely do worse that an updated Carver Preamp/Poweramp system - especially at the price. Let us know your musical interests, and at some point we'd love to see pictures of what you have - whatever you are running.
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  30. Welcome aboard Bwest!!!!
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  31. Greetings @Bwest ! We're glad you decided to sign up! Definitely check out what @loner_t has in his FS listing (they are sweethearts)….
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  32. Welcome to CS, @Bwest. If the person you mention is from CS, most likely it is @Daddyjt. Either way, you are (were?) in good hands. I have several C1s, including one listed in the FS listings on this site. The various faceplates are Silver C1... Anthracite C1/Black C11
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  34. That spike is a fold-down handle, or I guess you could tickle your tonsils with it.
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  35. Lots of them, and the way the prices keep climbing, speculators too.
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  36. Thank you RodH for reaching out to Mark - we spoke this morning. He said the scratchy sounding woofer is probably because of magnet shift. This is a common problem with the old Polk woofers he said. He told me to remove the woofer and look for a model number on the back, and that he even has some spares, so we need to see if he has a match. I told him that I wasn't sure if I was comfortable doing that, so he said he'd send me some pictures tonight of what to do and what to look for. BrianHHH, I am so sorry to hear that you've had to go through the same thing that I have. My feelings swing all over the place. Some days I can't even find joy in anything, and some days I almost forget she is gone. I know that sounds crazy, but I'm so used to her being the the living room reading, that I just expect her to be there in her chair when I walk into the room, then when she's not there it hits me, and it's like I'm losing her al over again. Sorry for rambling, but maybe it makes sense to you. thank you again everyone.
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  37. Nah. It's like being a vegan. No one ever has to ask........
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  38. Hello again to all the fine members here. I want to start by apologizing to you for my disappearing act last fall. Shortly after I joined here, by wife of 41 years became sick again. She was in cancer remission, but this last bout was more than she could bear, and she passed on in March. My life has been a blur for the last half year, but one of the things that's kept me sane and quite honestly alive, is the ability to lose myself in music for hours at a time. I joined a support group of sorts, with a few other old timer widows like myself, and that's help some too. Coincidentaly, one of the guys in the group has an old pair of Polk speakers very similar to mine, but they are not working, they have very scratchy sound out of one of the 6" woofers. I told him I know a guy that can probably fix them, but I have looked high and low and I cannot find Mark's number at my house. I have messaged him here, but I have not heard back from him. He goes by "daddyjt" here. Is there anyone here that knows his number and can either share it with me, or does anyone here have a way to contact him and let him know that I am trying to reach him? I would appreciate it, as I would like to help my friend get his speakers running. Thank you, and I'll try to be a regular member from now on. Brian
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  39. Warning!!! This thread may contain Fan-boys.
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  40. It appears I'll be purchasing that 103D then. At the risk* of sounding pretentious, would anyone here know what DAC package this unit has? Bum? You have one of everything they make, apparently. I've downloaded the user manual and read it through a few times but I still have no idea what the Darbee nonsense is; it seems to be some kind of image enhancement, perhaps the visual version of Sonic Holography. Visual Holography? That would be a bit redundant, I think. The 103 doesn't have 4K and DolbyVision so I'll need yet another player later on when I get a new display, but this Oppo should be fine for my business at the moment. *Always make sure you get Australia first, you'll be a shoo-in for victory. Yes Asia gets you 7 armies and its fun saying "Kamchatka" every few moments, but its such a pain to hold on to.
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  41. Interesting you mention that. Someone just tried to sell me an Oppo 103 with "DarbeeVision" for $300, whatever the blazes that is. I did not know much about the brand so I declined. You'll have to forgive me, I've neglected my video education these past 20 years.
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  42. Wow - you have a great welcoming committee here! Thank you. I am entirely new to Carver. I remember hearing about the name back when I was younger, but have never owned any of it. Right now I have a receiver running the Polks. After reading some here, it sounds like I need an amplifier. I have a feeling this is going to get expensive. I am confused after trying to read about the Bill D changeover, and I am embarrassed to say that I do not really understand what it does? I will have to get some pictures of my sound area, but I warn you it is not at all a man cave. I had to sacrifice all of my say in the decoration of the room to be able to have the Mrs approve of large speakers, formerly Bose 601, and now even bigger the Polks.
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  43. Welcome to the site! Glad you found us. And, as noted..., we love "pictures!!!"
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