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  1. billybob_jcv

    Best Netflix device for my wife...

    OK head-fi... My wife is a borderline technophobe (which is why I have no fear of her reading this!) - and more importantly, anything we own that does not work 100% of the time or is not dead-nuts simple for her to operate is clearly *my* fault. :rolleyes: For several years, she's been using a...
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    Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amplifier #11567

    I did a quick forum search and didn't see a thread on this DAC/amp. Has anyone tried it? The specs say it is a 96K/24bit DAC and there appears to be a gain switch on the back. Seems a bit pricey for Monoprice when compared to a Fiio E10. Not much information in the specs - no details on the DAC...
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    Help - I need a WebTV replacement for an elderly woman

    Microsoft recently announced they are finally ending the MSN TV (formerly Web TV) service on September 30, 2013. My mother (85 years old) has been using WebTV on dial-up for many, many years. She lives out in the boondocks and she cannot get broadband (DSL or cable). The only thing she uses on...
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    Mourning the Demise of Twinkies, Ding-Dongs & Ho-Hos

    http://hostessbrands.info/ I am devastated. Little Debbie's are pale imitation of Hostess - THEY ARE NOT THE SAME!! The yellow cake inside Hostess chocolate & powdered donuts is perfect. The cream filling of Hostess cupcakes, ding-dongs & ho-hos is unmatched.
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    Your ears are batteries...

    http://web.mit.edu/press/2012/biological-battery-inner-ear.html File this under the category: "What will those wacky propeller-heads at MIT think of next?"
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    Saving More Site Preferences

    I would like to see the capability to save more site preferences to my personal profile.  For example:   - Saving the filter options on the buy/sell forums.  If I untick the "wanted" category, I should have the option of having it always stay unselected for me. - Saving a custom list of...
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    Digital Silence DS-321D & DS-101A?

    Howdy Head-Fi - I'm not typically a big fan of active noise cancellation, but these caught my eye because Digital Silence appears to be a brand name owned by Wolfson.  My searches here at Head-Fi came up empty - which seems very unlikely!  Is this old news, and if it is, can you point me toward...
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    Need a size comparison of Klipsch Ovals

    I need some help from someone who has tried Klipsch oval tips and some of the other common tips to tell me how the sizing compares. I want to buy some ovals, but I don't own Klipsch phones. I have tried several other tips, so if someone who has used any of these could comment on which Klipsch...
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    Arrrgh! Broke a stem!

    10 minutes into the outbound leg of a 4 hour plane flight I broke the stem on my trusty Westone UM-1. Luckily, I had my old EP630 in my briefcase for back-up to get through the trip. I really can't complain, I have had the UM1 for 3+ years and I bought them used off head-fi. I treated them...
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    Just for the Old Guys Rule! Club...

    How many of you old space cadets remember "Major Matt Mason" from the late 1960's? I had ALL of the stuff you see in these two commercials - Major Matt, Sgt York, Captain Lazor, the cannon thing, the crawler, the space station & the jet pack. This is what it meant to be a kid during the Space...
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    From the archives - Sennheiser HD420

    In the "old but still rockin' department", this weekend I found my first good quality headphones sitting in the back of a closet - the Sennheiser HD420, that I bought new in ~1980. They were a step-up model from the famous yellow foamies. Here's a pic I found on the web, mine look exactly like...
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    PPAS Clipping with UM1?

    I bought a PPAS from a head-fier, and when I use it with my Westone UM1 IEMs I seem to be getting clipping or some sort of distortion. I'm not sure if it is something wrong with the amp, or if it is simply a poor match with the UM1s. I don't know the gain on the amp, but it must be pretty high...
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    OT: Help for a Science Fair Experiment

    Hi everyone! My 10 year-old daughter wants to do a science fair experiment on the classic "Which battery lasts the longest?" I need a little help from the gurus... My plan is to use a 2-battery AA holder to power a small clock and some sort of load device (motor, fan, light, etc). We'll set...
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    XM4 Dimensions

    Either I am blind, or it's not on the Practical Devices site. What are the dimensions of the XM4?
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    CablesToGo Cheap ipod Line-Out

    Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.cablestogo.com/product.as...2033&sku=35508 Not nearly as sexy as an ALO, and way too long (4 ft), but it is within my budget...
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