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A guy from Cleveland offered me a fifty spot for it, I bought it for $25, so think I'm just going to part ways with it and call it day.


Equipment Reviews / Re: Rotel RQ-970BX Phono Stage - Andy Grove Mod
« on: April 02, 2018, 04:02:29 PM »

Does anybody still have a copy of the Andy Grove mod? the link above is now defunct   ::)


I have printouts in my files - unfortunately, the files are loaded in a truck as I am moving.  After I settle down in California I will scan them and post them here.  Shame they took it down, it explained the logic of the mod very nicely (Andy Grove designed the production version for Rotel).



Welcome Wagon / Re: PGH Noob
« on: March 24, 2018, 01:42:12 PM »
Welcome to the forum!  Any relation to the legendary Big Tom - Tom Hoffman?


General Discussion / Re: Ebay / Craigslist scammers. List them here.
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:00:29 PM »
Well there is an eBay seller in Monroeville with a pair of speakers that are clearly missing their woofer surrounds in the pics and they are claiming "they are working great" - - would he/she qualify as just an effing dumbass,or a purposeful scammer preying on the uninformed?

Who knows how long he/she has been "testing" these without proper surrounds?

And he/she are not alone, many evilbayers out there like that in their ads, it's just that this jamoke is local - and may know of this forum or be known.

Understood.  watchaddict412 has been added to my blocked list...

General Discussion / Re: Ebay / Craigslist scammers. List them here.
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:52:22 PM »
A reminder - the idea behind this thread is to identify specific scammers on eBay by userid based on our own experience (or other reliable sources) so that we can populate our blocked eBay buyers and bidders lists.  Generic comments are not as helpful in that regard.



DIY / Re: Record bin plans
« on: February 05, 2018, 07:44:15 PM »

What's on your cranium??? / Re: introducing extreme audiophile tweaking !!
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:22:39 AM »
Pretty sure I saw a garden hose in there, for the fires I assume.

I have to wonder if he's related to the 5000 watt stereo in the woods guy:

Did Pepe do that video?   Sounds like his voice.

His cable management skills are superior to mine...

So you want 5 FM encoders in one chassis?  Five signals come into a box and are transmitted locally on five FM frequency channels?  (clarifying requirements)

Media / Brawl in Cell Block 99
« on: January 29, 2018, 10:21:54 PM »
A surprisingly good movie,  with Vince Vaughn in a serious role.  Recommended.

Repair / Help / Re: Blown up my left tuner channel
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:06:49 PM »
All good advice, but a polar cap still won't pass sound.

Well,  it WILL pass sound,  it just won't handle the reversal of charge well,  so you will get degraded sound and/or exploding caps (with enough power).  So,  get a  bipolar cap.  Or wire two polar caps to get a bipolar one.

Home Theater Audio / Re: Amazon Fire Stick and Plex for audio streaming
« on: January 25, 2018, 07:32:23 AM »
Figured that I'd attach the Firestick to the Onkyo as just another HDMI device but discovered that I cannot as the AVR has no USB port - the Firestick uses an attached USB cable to power it...

Otherwise, I could not see why it wouldn't work...

It would work,  that is how I use it.  Just power it from a USB cube connected to the wall.  They consume very little power,  can be left on.

If you're wanting a new pair I'm a dealer and can probably have them drop shipped to you . Toss me a PM if you're at all interested and we can figure out what model you want and what the pricing is. Obviously I wouldn't charge MSRP.

Thanks,  will consider!

Dublin is only about 3 hours from Downtown Pittsburgh.  An easy day trip.  Last time I was in the area, there were two high end audio shops not at all out of the way.

Agreed.   I am always impressed by the things people in this hobby are willing to do for equipment.   The buyer of the VMPS drove from Chicago on a snowy, bad weather, day to pick them up.  Then drove back that same night (it was a father-son duo,  I think they stopped somewhere short of Chicago to grab some sleep). 


Sorry, a little "nosy" here...

What move in May???

No issue George.  I am in the middle of relocating to the West coast to be closer to my three kids, going back to the same house where they grew up, I never sold it.  So slowly packing everything...  That is partly why I sold the beautiful but large and heavy VMPS RM40s.  The 2nd floor room I will use as a music room in the old house is much much smaller than what I have now (a basement),  so the towers would have been excessive and impossible for me to carry up there.  But, they were great speakers,  to be remembered fondly in my mental speaker hall of fame! 


Will keep you posted Adam.  For now I may hold until the move happens in May (not sure How I will manage but will try).

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