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Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: Vintage JBL cabinets FREE
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:36:31 PM »
IMHO it would be a shame to sacrifice that cool looking grill.

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Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: Vintage JBL cabinets FREE
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:03:04 PM »
Those are pretty.   It would be a shame to bin them, but I have no room.

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General Discussion / Re: Vintage Jensen Stereo Receiver
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:46:30 PM »
I wish I could help you.   I've never seen a Jensen receiver (other than car radio).

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Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: the cartridge sale
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:17:28 PM »
I always need cheap p-mounts.   PM incoming.

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The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:31:28 AM »
"If six was nine" - Todd Rundgren      Faithful (Bearsville - vinyl)

Randomly pulling out recently acquired LPs for a spin.....

Such a cool album.

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The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: October 15, 2017, 12:08:46 AM »


Just finished listening to the 5.1 Blu Ray.   This is worth seeking out if you are a fan of the album, not essential for the casual listener.   A nice mix, but not outstanding.   Ironically, the part I was most looking forward to ended up being the biggest disappointment.   I love the Chris Cornell/Eddie Vedder duet on "Hunger Strike" and was hoping for a creative mix there.   It was creative.   They went with a front/rear mix for the two singers.   IMHO this would have worked great except that they put Cornell front center, and Vedder rear left and right (I suppose for the lack of a rear center).   The problem is that putting Eddie across two speakers while Chris is in just the one gives the effect of his vocal being bigger.   Of course in the stereo mix this isn't the case and it makes no sense to have that effect here.   Had they put Cornell across the front two speakers rather than just in the center this mix would have been brilliant.   There is no "credits" page on the disc (the menuing as a whole is not great), so I don't know who did the mix, but they were so close.

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Looking for something special? / Re: wanted: pioneer cs701a 12" woofer
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:31:48 PM »
I do not have that woofer.   I have the older "FB" woofers.

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Looking for something special? / Re: wanted: pioneer cs701a 12" woofer
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:57:49 PM »
I might have one.   Will have to check the garage tomorrow.

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If I didn't already have 20 projects.

This would be cool for a tube computer speaker set up.   Tiny speakers on the desk and a small sub on the floor.   Office Audiophile!

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Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: latest load of gear
« on: October 04, 2017, 06:05:50 PM »

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Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: latest load of gear
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:03:10 PM »
Which grill is on the Visonics?   The only reason I flipped my A/D/S was the cloth grill and fear of Jerome pushing in the domes.

Do they have the cloth grill or the hard plastic?

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The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: October 03, 2017, 11:06:13 PM »




These two albums aren't my favorite surround mixes, but they are everything I love about DVD-A and why I (heresy alert) prefer it to SACD.

Nick of Time has a large, non discreet surround mix on most tracks (it works better for the blues numbers than the pop stuff), but a couple tunes like "Have a Heart" do have some dedicated instrumentation in the rears.   Not the best mix I've heard, but not the worst either.   What I really like about the DVD-A is that it most closely replicates the "vinyl experience" as any digital album I've found.   The album lets you select a slide show, track credits or lyrics for each song as it plays.   This, to me, mirrors how I generally enjoy a record.   I look at the album art, read lyrics or see who played what as I listen to an album.   That was the same thing I found myself doing with this disc.

Buena Vista Social Club did far more than just replicate the vinyl experience.   It turned the whole thing into an interactive documentary.   Since the album was a collaborative effort, with many people playing on different tracks, there are detailed credits for each track.   In addition, there are extensive liner notes for each track which give background on the song, the performers and the recording.   I found this to be incredibly helpful as I know almost nothing about Cuban music.   If all of that wasn't enough, there is also a video documentary on the disc.   If Nick of Time is like digital vinyl, this one is like a digital box set with a 30 page book included.   The only down side is that Ry did the surround mix himself, which I think was a mistake.   It is a basic three channel theater type mix, with only light ambiance in the rears.   The good news is that you can also listen to the superior stereo mix in high resolution as you peruse the other features.

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Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: latest load of gear
« on: October 03, 2017, 07:47:53 PM »
I still have an orphan Walnut if your application has any use for three.

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Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: latest load of gear
« on: October 03, 2017, 07:15:15 PM »
Which grill is on the Visonics?   The only reason I flipped my A/D/S was the cloth grill and fear of Jerome pushing in the domes.

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The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: October 03, 2017, 08:21:15 AM »
I suspect it is but never gave a thought to the provenance of it or the 5.1.   My favorite 5.1 ever (Dire Straits - BIA) is not only digital, but low bit rate digital.

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