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While I don't pay much attention to "Count," mine only began to rise when I placed my audio rig in storage. I can't wait to move and resume my listening sessions... and silence. biggrin.gif

 

You're much more prolific than I am. Or I would want to be. I really like my reserve. wink.gif


Edited by Silent One - 7/20/13 at 7:15pm
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I got this little beauty cranking out of my Q cans right now. I haven't listened to this album in quite a few months. There's nothing like a little ol school rock from The Cult and with Raven doing DAC duties and Margaret bringing it home with amp duties this album is sounding pretty freaking good. It's official, I'm keeping my Q701 for the long haul. I got Edie Ciao Baby cranking now...woot, woot. I'm kicking back in style boys.

 

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For those interested, here's my favorite song from The Cult. Enjoy boys and girls

 


Edited by DigitalFreak - 7/20/13 at 9:19pm
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For those interested, here's my favorite song from The Cult. Enjoy boys and girls

 

That is a great song, but there are two others on that album I like a little better....

 

 

 

But that just comes down to personal preference.....they're all great songs. Nice choice....I hadn't listened to these guys in a while.beerchug.gif

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While I don't pay much attention to "Count," mine only began to rise when I placed my audio rig in storage. I can't wait to move and resume my listening sessions... and silence. biggrin.gif

 

You're much more prolific than I am. Or I would want to be. I really like my reserve. wink.gif

 

lol more like too much silence ;).

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I have to say... spending what I did on the Denon's with Lawton Mods Level 3, I'm more than satisfied with the sound!!! Giving it some listening time today and it has been EXCELLENT!!!! Definitely one of my top/favorites now!!!
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lol more like too much silence ;).

 

Exactly! I want some balance in my life. ksc75smile.gif So, I guess I'm pounding the chiclets and posting.

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Exactly! I want some balance in my life. ksc75smile.gif So, I guess I'm pounding the chiclets and posting.


I rather like it when you post frequently, you're a nice chat. On my side, the more I groove the happier I get and the more I run off with the mouth. It'll probably get even worse now that I've cracked open a beer. If you'll excuse me I have an air guitar session to attend with Godsmack.

 

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Edited by DigitalFreak - 7/20/13 at 10:58pm
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I heard a pair of Q701 today at the LA Meet - I liked them a lot!
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I rather like it when you post frequently, you're a nice chat. On my side, the more I groove the happier I get and the more I run off with the mouth. It'll probably get even worse now that I've cracked open a beer. If you'll excuse me I have an air guitar session to attend with Godsmack.

 

:thumb: And I enjoy reading the adventures here. I'm almost certain all of September may pass before anyone here realizes 'Silent One' has gone missing. Will still be around but buried inside the listening room putting a few new pieces of kit on trial. That is my hope anyway. If I'm unable to acquire something by then it means something has gone eek.gifhorribly wrong! I do stuff cash inside my tea tins scattered about the home, so theft wouldn't entirely surprise me.

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I heard a pair of Q701 today at the LA Meet - I liked them a lot!

 

I can't wait to get updates on the meet - I was unable to attend but was there in spirit. And warrenpchi worked very hard... we are proud. wink.gif

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I heard a pair of Q701 today at the LA Meet - I liked them a lot!


Mind if I ask what was driving them? Mine didn't open up until I got this new amp. Before Margaret came to town Electra didn't make my Q cans sound half as good as they do now.

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Im gonna say something controversial. The Crossfade LP's are quite good.......... especially for 80 dollars from amazon........ Needs a lot of burn in though ^^

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I was hoping for some funky pics and a story involving having to outrun the Aussie version of bigfoot.

 

Dropbears!

 

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Yeah, I was hoping a_rec would leave us with a sense of adventure. It's not too late, though - he's likely just tired and busy and perhaps both really. As long as he knows we like his presentations. biggrin.gif

 

Yeah kind of both haha. But here is my "What I did on my holiday" show and tell:

 

"WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAY" - BY A_RECORDING

 

 

 

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, with a small population of about 200K. Everyone always makes jokes about Tasmanians being inbred and 'odd', but really I had a great time there. Everyone was immensely friendly (I mean, maybe I was trying to be super friendly back) and not horribly racist or insular like some people seem to suggest. This may just be Hobart though, which seems fairly progressive. Tasmania is apparently where the first 'Green' political party was founded, and they seem to take pride in their nice environment. It reminds me of Christchurch without the earthquakes.

 

There was a neat local feature where all the electricity junction boxes had been painted. I tried to snap a picture whenever I saw one.

 

 

I got 8 in total but won't overload the thread.

 

Food and drink were excellent in Hobart. The state has a number of breweries, wineries and distilleries so I tried a variety of craft beers. I would have had liked to drink more but halfway through the trip my friend got food poisoning / car sick and it would be lonely drinking alone. I won't show you a picture of the car sickness but I did take one. Suffice it to say my friend owes me for cleaning up after him.

 

 

"Unnatural Behavior"

 

The state is also well known for seafood. (There was an oyster farm I spied on a road trip that I totally will go next time I am there). One of the local delicacies is a curried scallop pie. I had one but did not think I had the best example of one.

 

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It kinda sucked.

 

The reason I went to Tasmania was to see the Museum of Old and New Art and the gallery did not disappoint.

 

To give some background (the more I read about it the more endlessly fascinating this seems) MONA was founded by a professional gambler named David Walsh. It is a $75 million dollar, wholly privately funded institution with a collection worth another $80 million. It is the largest privately funded art gallery in Australia. Because it is privately funded, David Walsh in essence gets to do whatever he likes. The museum is obviously one man's plaything, and his idea of fun is to basically make an experience which is themed from beginning to end to both impress and unsettle the audience. If this sounds like an artsy bond villain, this is not far off from the truth.

 

To get to MONA, one of the transport options is to catch the museum's catamaran.

 

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The catamaran is camouflage and all the staff wear military overalls. In the top floor of the catamaran there is a small cage with a budgie (a small colourful Australian parrot like bird). On the return trip I observed that the budgie perched on the captain's shoulder and pecked at his beard. Cute.

 

On the way up to the river you go past one of the world's largest zinc smelters, which is byzantine and menacing. Very cool.

 

 

 

The museum itself is carved out of a cliff wall. Since I don't have any good pictures of the museum itself here is a CNN report that has a few nice ones:

 

http://travel.cnn.com/sydney/visit/mona-worlds-most-far-out-museum-519376

 

Here is a picture of me outside the museum entrance, where there are disembodied Mickey Mouse hands and a tennis court. Notice how I kind of appear to be a giant in this photo. I'm not exactly sure what is throwing the perspective off here.

 

 

Inside the museum are a variety of old and new art works. Some of them are incredibly controversial, some are incredibly beautiful. There was an installation which was basically a euthanasia / assisted suicide simulator (made in collaboration with the Australian equivalent of Dr. Kevorkian). Another work was a football field sized wall display of data visualisations, which I totally geeked out over big time. There was a room full of televisions and sofas, each with a different interview with various people from Turkey. There was something really beautiful in the burbling of so many people's stories in the same room.

 

None of the exhibitons are marked - instead they give you an iPod touch which gives you information about nearby works, including helpfully named "art wank" critical analyses, as well as interviews with the artists etc. It also tracks your visit through the gallery, lets you bookmark and like/hate different works, and gives you a online readout at the end that you can revisit later to review the works you looked at. Really rich media, really slick.

 

I really loved MONA and would make it a thing to go back there whenever there was a new exhibition, considering that Hobart is a relatively cheap trip away from Sydney.

 

Another place we went to was Port Arthur, a historical convict settlement. Pretty amazing to be able to walk through this town (though not quite as surreal as walking through Pompeii).

 

 

I sometimes make the joke that I have stayed in hostels in Paris with more history than Australia (Australia was only federated in 1901) but this was one of the few places I've been where I did get a strong sense of history of Australia's convict past. One of the better preserved buildings is a prison built on Jeremy Bentham's principles (like an early supermax).

 

 

 

Inmates were not allowed to talk and supposedly many went insane. This made me sad:

 

 

Some of the old buildings in Port Arthur are supposedly haunted. There was a 'ghost tour' option to go with some ghost hunters to explore the site in the middle of the night but regrettably we did not do this wholesome sounding activity because it was $170 and I am not paying that kind of money to watch bleeps and bloops on some weird ghost hunting equipment. Also, I would probably get pretty freaked out despite not believing in ghosts or an afterlife.

 

Here is an image from the interior of the 'second most' haunted building in Australia. I hope there is not some national panel that decides these sorts of things.

 

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That purple haze is from the lens - OR IS IT?

 

After our trip to Port Arthur my friend and I joked that a ghost followed us back and we blamed every misfortune or slightly ununsual event on said ghost.

 

Joke was on me because upon returning home I discover that the car rental place has charged my card twice. THE TERROR!

 

Anyway, that was my trip. I recommend Hobart to travellers. Next time I would like to travel more of Tasmania and eat and drink more. Right now I am still quite sore from the constant walking on the trip. It's nice to be home.

 

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A wild DF appears!

 

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Im gonna say something controversial. The Crossfade LP's are quite good.......... especially for 80 dollars from amazon........ Needs a lot of burn in though ^^

 

Why is that controversial? I thought V-Moda was at the big boys table now. You've had those LP's for a long time (you got them at Costco right) and would probably be a better judge than most :3

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Thanks, a_recording. I really enjoyed your grand day out!

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