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  1. dhwilkin

    Wanted: Advice for measuring room acoustics

    Lately I've become curious about just how good or bad the room acoustics are in my apartment's main area, which is where I have my relatively modest home theater system. I think it's a fairly decent room, but I don't always plan to live in this apartment, so knowing how to check other rooms...
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    Different speaker types' characteristics?

    I'm pretty familiar w/ dynamic and electrostatic speaker characteristics, thanks to headphones. But what about the more exotic speaker types, like ribbons, horns, and line sources? What are generally accepted strengths and weaknesses of each type? What specific models of each type are usually...
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    25 minutes to audition equipment, what music do you use?

    I know we've done threads on what music you use to evaluate equipment, and they're pretty useful. Ideally, you'd use all that music and have plenty of time to evaluate something. But, let's say you're at a distant meet, or you drop by somebody's place for a very quick visit. At this place there...
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    How many gadgets do you carry around?

    I've been thinking about ways to spend some money I got for Christmas, and got to thinking about gadgets. I wouldn't mind a nice, basic color pda for basic organization, directions, addresses, stuff like that. I'm also a little tired of using a pcdp, which got me thinking about a mp3 player. Of...
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    Moral dilemna

    I have a bit of a problem. See, Christmas was very nice this year, as always. Good times w/ family. However, my mom decided to get my dad a... sigh... Bose WaveRadio as one of the gifts. I didn't know about it, or I would've done something earlier. Now, after hearing the thing (heck, even...
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    Best Flash game EVER!

    River City Hacky-Sack
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    Digital karaoke

    OK, this is some funny, funny stuff. I highly recommend listening to the Green Eggs and Ham one, as well as the Britney one. Dictionaraoke
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    A Monster comic!

    One of the better Penny Arcade comics.
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    Any other choices?

    I'm almost done upgrading my headphone system (no, I really mean it, quit snickering). One of the remaining items is the headphone amp. Now, I've already got an old Max, so it's obviously no slouch. And since my main headphones are basically set in stone as the W2002, that pretty much rules out...
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    Quiet case fans

    Hey guys, well I finally got a new computer! Check this out: - Athlon 2000+ - Asus A7V-333 motherboard - 512 MB DDR 2700 - 80 GB WD hard drive - GeForce 4600 - Hercules GameTheater XP - Enermax FS710b case - Logitech Optical Mouseman Wheel - Windows XP Pro. It's a great comp...
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    Which sport produces the best athletes? (nougat)

    As the title says, which sport do you think produces the greatest athletes, and why? My vote goes to amateur wrestling, for the incredible balance of strength, agility, and endurance (for both upper and lower body) displayed by its athletes, all while meeting a very tight weight limit.
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    Amusing copy-protection read

    Ultimate Copy-Protection
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    Go Canes!

    I've gotta congratulate the Carolina Hurricanes for making it to the Stanley Cup finals! Everybody was counting them out, except for the players themselves. Amazing game against Toronto tonight, they showed alot of guts. The Leafs might've won, if it weren't for one little fact... Carolina OWNS...
  14. dhwilkin

    FS: DI/O and 580 w/ Clou

    I have a few items I'm not using, so I guess it's time to let other Head-fiers get a chance at some quality items. - Modded Art DI/O: A very fine DAC, but it is not enough of a synergistic match for my current system. Look at my review for all the details. I will include the stock power...
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    Nougat: Where in the chain should coloration be added?

    After my recent DAC comparison [/shameless plug], I realized that if I kept the DI/O as currently modded, I'd need to introduce some warmth in the vocals somewhere later down the chain. Or, I could get the DI/O re-modded to be warmer in the first place. So here's my question: Where in the...
  16. dhwilkin

    K1000 & Stuff

    The April issue of Stuff for Men Magazine has a small list of several headphones they recommend. Surprisingly enough, the K1000 is on that list! I didn't think they even knew about AKG. Don't get your hopes up too high, though, as the V700DJ is also on that list. I think they probably put as...
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    Reference recordings

    I have some discs that I think have very good recording quality, in addition to being great music. However, I've always wondered how good they were compared to the very best CD recordings. So I'd like for people to list their very best recordings, even if they aren't necessarily your favorites...
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    Pics of my rig

    OK, since I finally got a FlashCard Reader that actually gets along w/ my computer, I've uploaded a bunch of pics of my rig and other fun stuff for your viewing pleasure. Easy on the photography critiquing, I'm still just a point-and-click photographer for now. Have fun!
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    Final (?) W2002 reporting

    Well, after an epic struggle to get my W2002 shipment from the UPS man involving leaving the import check at the office, I got my W2002. I'll give a brief description now, then let these guys cook for a few days. Looks: Gorgeous! This is what a $700 headphone should look like. The wood and...
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    Stuff on eBay

    There is currently a Melos Maestro Reference and Cary 300sei on eBay, for those w/ big enough wallets to go after them. Neither of them are mine, of course.
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    Latest Acquisitions

    When I buy CDs, I buy a whole bunch at once, then lay off for several months. Here's what I got in my latest order: - Stabbing Westward : Darkest Days - Fuel : Something Like Human - Urge : Master of Styles - Jann Arden : Greatest Hits - Keiko Matsui : Dream Walk - Keiko Matsui : Full...
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    Best commercial?

    So what'd everybody think was the best multi-million dollar commercial to get shown during the SuperBowl? The Clydesdale one was a nice touch, but I've gotta give it to the hunting falcon dive-bombing the street cafe! Honorary mention to the rap music video one and the Quizno ones. I would...
  23. dhwilkin

    DVD setup disc?

    I know there are at least three different DVDs that are used for calibrating your HT system. One's called "DVD Essentials", can't remember the others. Anyway, does it really matter which one I use?
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    Melos headphone section update

    In a previous thread, the question came up as to were there any differences between the headphone sections of the various Melos Sha-* incarnations. I sent an e-mail to Melos Audio Restoration, and this is the answer I got: Quote: Dear Doug: In answer to your question, there is...
  25. dhwilkin

    Cheap dvdp/transport on Amazon

    If anybody out there is looking for a solid, cheap transport and/or dvd player, Amazon has some Pioneer 343s in stock for only $139. I haven't seen anywhere lower, and I also got one myself, which I'm currently using instead of my computer's cd-drive.