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  1. DrBenway

    New Dayton T-Amp looks very interesting

    I was clicking around the Parts Express Website, and I found a catalog listing for a forthcoming T-Amp, the DTA-100. Frankly, it looks way too good to be true. For just $100, this little unit promises to deliver 50 watts (into 8 ohms) a side to speakers, and also has a front-mounted 1/4"...
  2. DrBenway

    Mary Travers Has Died

    Mary Travers, best known as one-third of the legendary folk-pop group, Peter, Paul, and Mary, has died at the age of 72. The BBC World Service reports that the cause of death was leukemia, which she had battled for a number of years. It was my privilege to grow up in a household where her...
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    What Is Your Favorite Southern Rock Band?

    Both Skynyrd and the Allmans have passionate followings. Which, in your opinion, was the greater band? I say was because, despite the fact that versions of both groups still exist, neither bears much resemblance to its classic lineup. So please limit your comparisons to the two bands in...
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    What Does Jade Goody's Life and Death Say About Modern Society?

    First of all, it's terribly sad that Jade Goody has died. The loss of any precious human life is a tragedy. I write that without irony, and with sympathy to her family and friends. However. What does it say about the current state of human society that a loutish, untalented, bigoted person...
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    Windows 7 a DRM Monster...?

    A very disturbing Slashdot post suggests that Microsoft is planning some very nasty DRM for Windows 7. The post is quite disorganized and short on details, but the poster seems to be suggesting that Win7 will essentially prevent recording of online audio streams via your soundcard. Here's the...
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    What kind of cheese do you have on your Philly cheese steak?

    Spareribs started an interesting and amusing thread about cheese, and someone brought up the miracle of science known as Cheez Whiz. This got me to wondering about which kind of cheese most people order on their Philly cheese steaks. I am a hardcore Whiz guy. Provolone won't cut it. If it...
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    Levi Stubbs, Lead Voice of The Four Tops, Has Died

    Sad news has just come to me from the BBC, via my PortaPros. Levi Stubbs, the unforgettable lead voice of The Four Tops, has died. The Four Tops were, of course, one of the cornerstone groups of the Motown sound, and their hits, including "Reach Out (I'll Be There)," "The Same Old Song,"...
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    Damien Hirst: Visionary Artist, or Complete Fraud?

    The NYT reports that Damien Hirst's two-day sale at Sotheby's has set, by a wide margin, a new record for an auction of the works of a single artist. The total for the auction was just over $200 million. I cannot believe that there are that many rich, stupid, tasteless people walking around...
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    Pervis Jackson, Booming Bass Voice of the Spinners, Has Died

    The New York Times reports that Pervis Jackson, a founding member of The Spinners, has died. For those of us who came of age listening to the radio in the 1970s, The Spinners were an essential part of the musical landscape. They managed to be both popular and good, racking up a string of hits...
  10. DrBenway

    Great sound clip: guitar maker discusses sounds of different trees.

    About a year ago, NPR ran this segment, called "The Music of Guitar Wood." A master luthier (guitar builder) taps different varieties of spruce to demonstrate the varying sounds that different trees produce. The differences are clear and startling. Beyond that, the sounds, particularly from...
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    Rhapsody Abandons DRM

    A New York Times article reports that Rhapody has dropped all DRM restrictions, including restrictions on transfer to portable players. What do you think this means to the future of iTunes, and to the future of the digital music download world in general? Competition is good, right? P.S. Did...
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    Best SW for playing back ALAC that IS NOT iTunes or QuickTime?

    Hi. I've recently started playing ALAC files for the first time. Peter Gabriel's new download service offers ALAC as its only choice of format. Since Winamp apparantly wont play them, I downloaded and installed both iTunes and QuickTime, against my better judgement. Almost immediately, my...
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    Peter Gabriel Launches Online Music Store

    In his CNET blog, journalist Steve Guttenberg reports that Peter Gabriel has partnered with B&W to offer lossless music downloads of live sessions recorded at Real World Studios. The service is subscription based. From the post: Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios has launched a download...
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    Who was the "fifth Beatle?"

    The notion of the "fifth Beatle" has been around for decades. In reading the responses to DavidMahler's recent thead on Lennon/McCartney's most famous song, I started thinking about who might best be described as the fifth member of the Fab Four. To me, the obvious answer is George Martin...
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    Has anyone else here had a "conversation" with Eliza?

    I was skimming the NYT RSS feed, and I found a link to the obit for Joseph Weizenbaum, who wrote the proto-AI software called Eliza. He died on March 5th. The news of his death, and the mention of his most famous/infamous creation, instantly brought back memories of my bizarre, often amusing...
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    Analyst says music doesn't matter: selling cookies is the point.

    CNET reports on a Forrester analyst's claim that in the future, music will have value only as a marketing tool. James McQuivey, a Forrester analyst and former Brown University professor, says, "Artists who used to pretend that their platinum album success was really about their "art" will no...
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    Company Claims Audiophile Sound From Wireless Phones

    Chipmaker Avnera claims that its new components will deliver audiophile-grade wireless performance in speakers and headphones. CNET has an article describing the technology and giving impressions of an early product, phones from Acoustic Research. Descriptions of the sound don't go beyond the...
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    New Sonic Impact T-Amp Gen 2; replaces original?

    I just swung by the SI5 site for the first time in a while, and I noticed that the original T-Amp is no longer listed in the products section, and something called the Class T Digital Amplifier Gen 2 seems to have taken its place, at roughly twice (!!) the price ($79). Am I correct in assuming...
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    Never mind bone conduction; how 'bout cartiledge conduction?

    PopSci.com publishes a weekly roundup of cool/interesting new technology. One of the items this week is a set of phones that don't go in the ear, or on the ear, or around the ear. Neither do they work via bone conduction. These, it is claimed, work by transmitting sound through cartiledge...
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    iPhone interface on Archos 605?

    Engadget reports that an enterprising French user has ported the iPhone interface, or something like it, to the Archos 605. This is probably Photoshopped nonsense, but the pics do look pretty cool. Brings up an interesting idea, also. What if you could mix and match your favorite electronics...
  21. DrBenway

    Madeleine L'Engel has gone to God.

    The New York Times reports that Madeleine L'Engle, one of our very greatest writers, has died. A Wrinkle in Time is my favorite novel. My 4th grade teacher, Miss Duff, read it to my class. By the time she finished reading this epic story to us, most of the class was reading along...
  22. DrBenway

    Lossless Bluetooth streaming by 2008?

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2164573,00.asp An article posted to PCMag.com discusses SoundAbout Lossless, a new, lossless codec for Bluetooth streaming. Aimed at Bluetooth 2.0 devices, SoundAbout Lossless could significantly improve the SQ potential of Bluetooth headphones. The codec...
  23. DrBenway

    Anyone tried Ubuntu Multimedia Center?

    I've read a little bit about this distro online, but I know next to nothing about it. Anyone tried it? How close to final realease is it? What are strengths/weaknesses? How's app support? I use MediaMonkey/Audacity/TotalRecorder under XP SP2, and would be looking for packages that offer...
  24. DrBenway

    WCBS-FM Oldies Radio is BAAAAACKKK!

    I find very few reasons for optimism in our world of corporate-weeny controlled everything. But it appears that, to some degree at least, popular outrage has brought back a radio format that nurtured my love of music. Hey NYC Head-Fiers! Have you noticed that WCBS is BACK? What do you think...
  25. DrBenway

    What does the word "pop" mean to you?

    I have been posting in the thread entitled "Is Rock n Roll Nearly Dead?" I keep reading posts in which people refer to "pop" music. My post, quoted below, sums up my frustration with the use of this term. I have seen the word "pop" used to describe everything from Frank Sinatra to the...
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