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I know that most pop/rock singles into the late 70's were recorded/engineered so it would sound good over AM radio, but a lot have been re-mastered later to sound good in the digital realm. But, I have yet to find a version of any of the early Chicago stuff (I'm a sucker for a horn section) like 25 or 6 to 4, or Saturday In The Park, that does not sound like it was recorded in a practice room on a cassette deck. I can't even hear the high hat on some of those. I've been...
Used to use LL Cool J's Goin back to Cali for crank it up car contests. (kind of dating myself here...)   I've heard that same synth bass in Sk8ter Boi mentioned upthread. Pink's Like A Pill does something similar. For rock stuff, Iced Earth gets pretty low, as does Rush when Geddy Lee gets on the bass pedals.   A drop tuned palm-muted guitar can be really heavy on the bass as well, nearly percussive. Think Metallica's black album (specifically Sad But True) and...
OK, jumping in here. Budget for cans, under 75USD if possible. I see a lot of recommendations in this thread, but I haven't spotted a recent one that meets what I'm looking for.   Needs: Closed ear - Home use on TV and PC - used 8+ hours a day. Yes, really. Frustrated guitar/bass player who still likes to be able to pick out the parts.   Uses - Movies, mostly, but heavy rock guitar based music, some classical and acoustic for critical listening. Dynamic range...
You could, but only if you have the same video card. They are usually built into the mobo in the Inspiron range. You may be able to hack it, if you know what you are doing.
The only thing about "Kwai" that kind of irks me now is that one actor who plays one of the British prisoners that reminds me of Gordon Ramsay. He's distracting. But that's just me. And now I can't unsee it. Otherwise, it keeps me completely compelled throughout.
Former Dell tech here - If the motherboard is done, the computer is done. Check with Dell though, if you did somehow get the extended warranty, you may still be covered. Otherwise, put the power supply up for sale if it still works. Hard drive may still be salvageable. In a laptop, everything connects to the motherboard, so if it goes, it's done. If you know what you're doing, you may be able to salvage the LCD or the plastics for eBay, but you have a boat anchor....
OK, I'm going to reply to my own post here. After lurking a bit more, I see the issue with the Sonys. I actually opened them up. I guess I'm convinced. I did the mod recommended, removing the felt, and can hear the difference in the highs and the transparency. But I had to replace the pads. They kinda fell apart when I tried to put them back on. Luckily, I had a spare set. I bought them on clearance at Best Buy, so I actually had 2. Scavenged the pads, and I'm back up...
I'm more of a classic movie guy - always tuned to Turner Classic Movies, currently watching Bridge on The River Kwai. One of my top 5 films of all time. 9.8/10   Last movie I saw in a theater was Hurt Locker. Amazing. I now own it. One of my top 10. 9/10   Most current film I saw was Tree of Life. That one broke my brain. Gorgeous film, but I just didn't get it. Just about any screenshot of the movie could be printed and sold as artwork. 7/10 on artistic merit...
44 now disabled - been involved in music/computers/electronics in various ways most of my life, from building electric guitars, to DJing in clubs, to working onsite government contracts for "a major computer manufacturer" - rhymes with smell ;).   Learned to solder when I was 11, building early PC peripherals like tape recorder storage adapters. Built and installed those ridiculous sound systems for cars throughout high school for extra money. I did learn how to tune...
  That's one monitor at least..
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