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    DG opens online store for DRM-less downloads

    Deutsche Grammophon has opened a new online store offering 320kbps, DRM-less MP3s for download. Tracks start at $1.29, or the same number of euro for customers in most locations other than America (although it looks like you can choose your country, so perhaps everyone can benefit from the weak...
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    Different Complete Jack Johnsons?

    Is there anything at all different between the 2005 edition and 2003 edition of Miles Davis's The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions? Amazon's descriptions indicate that both versions have the same tracks on the same number of discs, but picture different artwork on the box. (Amazon also says...
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    Who's going to be the first ...

    ... to build a "Tiny Tin" Altoids amp? C'mon, you have 2-3/8" x 1-1/2" to work with. kerely
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    Why Are Downloaded MP3s Such Trash?

    When I feel like listening to plasticky, hollow music, I fire up my Philips computer speakers and let my collection of about 1400 downloaded MP3s (most of which I also own on CD) roll. I'm in a mood for this masochism more than you may think, since I'm often moving around doing multiple things...
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    Head-Fi Facts and Stats

    Okay, some interesting Head-Fi facts and stats:The five people in the 3000 Post Club account for 13,952 posts, or almost seven percent of the total. The fourteen people in the 2000 Post Club account for 31,167 posts, or well over fifteen percent of the total. The top 25 posters account for...
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    "Train Kept A Rolling"

    Who wrote/recorded this song originally? Was it the Yardbirds? In my opinion it's the epitomical rock song, and it's been done so many times. Which versions do you guys like most? kerely
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    200,000th Post

    ... What's it gonna be? Looks like it'll arrive before the night's out. ... I'm hoping it's an ai0tron post. kerely
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    Headphone FAQs: should we do it? If so, how?

    [Edit: This series of posts was extracted from markl's Petition to update Stereophile's recommended headphones/amps list thread, in which Tyll Hertsens suggested having official threads for important products. -kerely] I heartily support Tyll's suggestion of an 'official' page or thread for...
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    Graham Bond Organisation on CD?

    Were The Sound of '65 and There's a Bond Between Us the only studio albums Graham Bond Organisation put out? Did John McLaughlin play on these? -- he's not listed in the credits on Tower's site. The above two albums are the only ones I can find on CD, but I thought there was more. Maybe I'm...
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    "Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people ..."

    The Refreshment's "Banditos" is one of my favorite songs to come out of the alt-rock era. I've seriously just listened to it eight or nine times back-to-back. It's great. So anyway, to me at least, The Refreshments were a one-hit wonder. Did they have any other good material? I only have...
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    What's This Riff?

    There's an interesting riff in the live performance of "Dazed and Confused" from Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same [OST] that sound very familiar. But I can't place it. Anyone care to weigh in? No doo-di-doos this time. Here's a link to a short WAV clip:Live "Dazed and Confused" Riff...
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    Using a Power Amp to Drive Headphones

    I didn't know it was possible to use a power amp to drive headphones designed for small power input levels. We all know the K1000 gets hooked right up to the speaker terminals of an amp, but has anyone tried this with normal headphones? Grado says its possible. Here's a diagram that was...
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    The Ramones Discography

    I have only one Ramones disc, a best-of compilation called Ramones Mania, originally released by Sire Records about fifteen years ago or so. It has tracks that date back to 1976 at the earliest, but the sound quality is fookin' terrible. I'm not nearly as much as a freak about these things as...
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    Rage Against the Machine: Renegades

    Anyone else listen to this disc? I like it a lot -- some great covers, and the live tracks are fun. Definitely one of their best efforts. But whoever mixed this thing should be shot! I usually don't notice (much less whine about) these kinds of things, but the whole friggin' CD clips...
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    The Mysterious Helios CD Players ...

    Anyone know anything about the Helios brand CD players? There's only four of them -- the Helios Model 1, 2, and 3, and the weird-looking flagship unit, the Stargate. The only thing I've been able to find out about Helios is that the brand is made by Etna, a French high-tech company that makes...
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    To Buy or Not To Buy ...

    ... a 42-inch, plasma screen HDTV. That is the question. Now, normally this would not be a question I'd be asking myself, but I have the unique opportunity to purchase either the Sony WEGA version or the equivalent Panasonic for around $1000. (I'm not sure if those are the exact models, but...
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    Markertek Cables: Okay choice for cheap?

    If all goes well, I'll have my first real dedicated headphone amp soon -- which means I need those cable things to hook it up with. ... I've heard good things about the Markertek 3.5mm male to 3.5mm male, so I'll probably pick one of those up. The price is good anyway. How 'bout their RCA...
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    Led Zeppelin's Tolkien Allusions

    I've been spending a lot of time with my Zeppelin discs lately, and as I'm already intimately familiar with the instrumentals, I've been paying more and more attention to the lyrics. I noticed the band's lyrical allusions to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy very soon after hearing the...
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    System Building Help

    As I continue to plan -- or at least consider -- building my first good home system, I've run into some problems understanding what I really need. (Well, need in a perverted sense.) Basically I'm just looking for CD (and perhaps SACD) playback with stereo speaker and headphone output. I may want...
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    Parts Storage

    How do you guys store the extra small electronics parts (e.g., resistors, caps, knobs, etc) you have lying around? I've been looking around for something that'll work and haven't really found anything. I'm using a little plastic case that's probably meant for beads or something. It works...
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    Custom Wood Enclosures -- Builders' Interest Check

    I've been looking around for attractive and functional enclosures for the next amp I plan to build, and I finally found a place that will make high-quality, inexpensive wooden enclosures to the specifications required for most DIY headphone amps. Custom orders, however, have a minimum quantity...
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    PCDP with Optical Digital Output

    Is there a portable CD player anywhere that has an optical digital out on it? I've never seen any portable gear with an optical out jack, but it would be very convenient for high-quality recording to MiniDisc on the go. kerelybonto
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    Queer MiniDisc recording happenings ...

    Okay, well, after owning my JVC XM-R70 MiniDisc player/recorder for about a month, I've begun copying my CD collection to MD. I'm getting a few problems along the way. Most of them are probably due to my recorder and are corrected on a rewrite, but a couple are very persistent oddities. Let's...
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    Fun Lovin' Criminals

    Probably a lot of people remember the song "Scooby Snacks," a fun song with Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs samples that was something of a hit four or five years ago. I really liked it, and then every other FLC single I heard. Unfortunately, all the good radio stations here in KC kind of died a...
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    Out for a jog ...

    ... with the JVC XM-R70 minidisc player/recorder that I just picked up. It arrived on my doorstep, and I immediately popped in a premastered disc, and headed out for a run with it. There was a nice cool fog hangind around, and the trail was nice and soft after a light rain. The Clash pumping and...
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