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I am more a customs guy but have my eye / wallet eye on the Sonys too.

Early machine translated Japanese impressions seem good

http://www.head-fi.org/t/680119/sony-xba-h1-and-xba-h3-hybrid-dynamic-and-ba-iem/75#post_9778733

Overwhelming? Hi resolution and bandwidth? Cool
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Okay, I found out that the Walkman F886 will support Apple lossless.

 

I now want one.

 

Also listening to Hesitation Marks now. Itchy stuff...

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About the jellyfish aquarium, I talked with a local professional and I was told there's a right way to do it, and those online kits are not it. He's going to put together something for me that he says is 100% guaranteed, and it'll be self-sustaining (jellyfish, coral, snails, and brine shrimp), but isn't huge, likely ~20 gallons.
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Meh, my new DX50 is refusing to allow itself to hook up to my computers so it can be updated. I'm stuck waiting for iBasso to offer a fix.

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And here I am thinking "woot the dx50 /is/ buggy! \o/". Sorry DF. frown.gif
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And here I am thinking "woot the dx50 /is/ buggy! \o/". Sorry DF. frown.gif

I've yet to use a boutique DAP that wasn't buggy. I'm fast losing all hope on ever finding a player that sounds high end and functions as a high end piece of kit should.

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I've yet to use a boutique DAP that wasn't buggy. I'm fast losing all hope on ever finding a player that sounds high end and functions as a high end piece of kit should.
The 901 is not buggy at all, it just caused a guys re600 to explode in his ear...no biggie.
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I've yet to use a boutique DAP that wasn't buggy. I'm fast losing all hope on ever finding a player that sounds high end and functions as a high end piece of kit should.
The 901 is not buggy at all, it just caused a guys re600 to explode in his ear...no biggie.

Other than that niggle, 10/10.
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The 901 is not buggy at all, it just caused a guys re600 to explode in his ear...no biggie.

 

THAT'S what I call high dynamic range!

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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post  THAT'S what I call high dynamic range!

 

Makes men shriek like little girls?

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Makes men shriek like little girls?
Hey Tom my ciem expert, any thoughts on these Compact Stage I posted about earlier?
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post  Hey Tom my ciem expert, any thoughts on these Compact Stage I posted about earlier?

 

Nope, no idea about them, except that they're quite expensive. There are demos a couple of hours away from where I am right now, but I'm not gonna bother going there to try them out. Too out of the way.

 

Here's another brand you might take an interest to: http://www.livezoner41.com/

I tried their LZ4 demo, pretty nice. Warm, rich, technically proficient. No idea about their other models, though.

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any thoughts on these Compact Stage I posted about earlier?

 

Here's what little I know / remember about them:

 

- They have a stellar reputation for build quality and customer service on the German HiFi forum

- Stage 2 can be upgraded to higher models

- Stage 3 is rather flat, Stage 4 is "bass enhanced"

- If you're in Europe, you can order demos from here (price = deposit)

 

They had sparked my interest 2 years ago, but after reading this comparison with the FI-BA-SS and talking to firoze, I decided to take a pass.

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Update

After a 1000 attempts I was FINALLLYYYY able to upgrade the firmware on the DX50. It only took powering the DAP on and off a billion times until somehow USB communication was established. After the update everything on the player seemed to run smooth. It was after midnight and I was exhausted and had work in the morning so I left well enough alone and called it a night. I'll be further looking into the USB communication trouble later on tonight. Hopefully the update solved whatever bug it was that was causing USB communication troubles. I doubt it was my laptop because the same problem was occurring on another desktop.
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Also, for you Romy:

 

 

http://www.jellyfishart.com/

 

 

Reminds me of these butterfly kits I'd get as a little kid. I'd build this tent and send away for the larva and then watch them hatch into butterflies. I'd always release them in the gardens around my house.

 

Having cared for aquariums on and off since I was 8, stuff like the above make me cringe a bit. Smaller aquatic environments are actually the hardest to keep regulated, because in captivity aquatic animals produce waste byproducts that contaminate their surroundings. You have to keep the chemicals in the surrounding water balanced, and in order to do that you have to treat the water and do water changes, and you'll need filtration. That's why their images posted on the site are false advertising. If you check the FAQ, they indeed mention the need for a water pump. Small pumps like that are almost always really noisy too, so have fun watching your jellyfish while you hear "BRRRRRRRRRRR" in the background constantly. Also have fun doing a 25% water change every week (which they also mention in the FAQ). You'll also need to dechlorinate the new water and perform measurements to make sure the salinity is at the right level. You'll need to use a syphon of some sort to clean all the waste from the gravel too.

 

They also show a clownfish swimming in the bowl without any filter. Yeah right. Adding a marine fish to a small tank is the quickest way to kill anything in there within a week or two, as it'll throw the ecology out of whack. Having three jellyfish and a shrimp (which is their TOTL kit I think?) is already putting a massive strain on what amounts to a glorified goldfish bowl.

 

After all that work your jellyfish will live 3 to 6 months in captivity maybe. When they're in the medusa stage, their primary purpose is to have sex, and once they have sex that signals them to die. I suppose you could keep the polyps around, but they can go 20 years without sprouting into jellyfish.

 

Not to be a bummer or anything.

 


 

Ahem.

 

Here's something fun!

 

 

I saw these at the grocery store. Hnnnnng! They brought back Yummy Mummy! One of my all time favorite obscure breakfast cereals, along with King Vitamin and Quisp. Here's the original:

 

 

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Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute (an effeminate werewolf) were always the outcasts in Count Chocula's gang of breakfast abominations. Frankenberry was like his number two man, and then there was Boo Berry who I assume controlled the illicit trade end of their operation since he always looked like he was nodding out on heroin or something.

 

But yeah, Yummy Mummy! Orange cream flavored cereal. It's a wonder why that never took off.

 

 


 

So, I've got Grand Theft Auto V in the house. I haven't played this series since GTA 3 Vice City. I've watched friends play GTA 4 in the past, but really it all looked so frustrating and tedious at times, I never felt compelled to subject myself to it. Decided to give this one a try however.

 

Wow. The world is just stunningly huge and intricate and real. It feels closest to just about any game I've ever played to capturing "reality," at least insofar as reality consists of walking through a ghetto on the way to do something nefarious. Looking at all the activities and side quests and hobbies and jobs and cars and jet skis and hookers... feels like I could get lost in this game for a long, long time.

 

So far my biggest beef with the game is the way the missions feel. It seems like the game has a very, very specific way it wants you to go about doing the missions themselves (as opposed to the more open ended nature of the overall world), and going through them it feels like a process of trial and error. Hey, look, maybe I'll improvise and... no. Wrong. Try again. Okay, but whoops, I accidentally went this way. Maybe I'll recover and come around this way and... no. Wrong. Try again. It's especially tedious to do certain things just so at times because the controls are a little clunky to me. I've read the physics are greatly improved over the 4th game, so I'd hate to imagine what that felt like. On top of that the game feels overly complex at times, and the controls aren't exactly intuitive, especially the "press down to switch between characters." Or maybe I'm just not used to it yet. Overall though, it kind of coincides with the missions themselves which just don't feel that intuitive to me. There's a definite flow to them, but it's like I can't really keep up with that flow myself. To make this worse, the game has no mission checkpoints that I'm aware of, so I find myself starting over from the very beginning each time. Which is getting old fast.

 

But damn this is an impressive game. Frustrating at times, but impressive.

 

Speaking of game, I'm also really intrigued by Puppeteer. It reminds me of a cross between Little Big Planet and Dynamite Headdy. Oh geez Dynamite Headdy...

 

 
 
Dynamite Headdy was a little puppet dude too, and the stages were setup like the sets of a movie or elaborate puppet show production. I was kind of obsessed with this game for a while, so I think I might give Puppeteer a whirl despite Little Big Planet and that style of artistic presentation profoundly disturbing me for some reason.
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