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    Which iron do you use?

    Quote: Originally Posted by MusicallySilent Does anyone have ideas on a sub 50 dollar maybe 25 dollar range iron (temp control isnt necessary) that would be fine for beginning some work (making cables, a few amps (pimeta soha cmoy etc.))... Quote: Originally Posted by...
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    Buying new interconnects A ton of other threads too. Just search for "blue jeans", since there's usually someone who recommends them whenever someone asks about cables
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    Surge Protector

    Quote: Originally Posted by Tridacnid I've done a little more reading, and have found some posts where people say to avoid MOVs. I know that they are standard in common surge protectors, but are they really that bad? Thanks MOVs aren't "bad", and just about every surge...
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    Brickwall Surge Protector

    Quote: Originally Posted by mojo This is true, but some better quality MOV based protectors have a light to let you know when that happens... Be careful with this. I've read on different sites that this light really doesn't mean anything. It apparently only tells you if there's...
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    Is px100 a ....

    I own both, and I use the PX-100 exclusively at work. However, that's because of one overriding reason, which is the E4 isolate too much... I like to hear what going on around me. For sound quality, the E4 are far superior, in every way. Still, the PX-100 is great for the price. I like...
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    My 30gb iPod died, what should replace it?

    You know, for just $350 more, you can get a Nano AND a phone
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    iPhone Headphone Compatability List

    Quote: Originally Posted by zip22 apple is not producing an adapter you could pay for... Actually, Apples does sell an adapter... sort of. It comes as part of the the iPod Shuffle Sport Case. Here's a picture. I bought just the adapter by itself off of eBay for $8 shipped...
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    I got Mac'd!!!

    Quote: Originally Posted by Wodgy There's really no need for any of these maintenance utilities. The main thing they were originally created to solve -- that certain automatic scripts wouldn't run if your machine was off -- disappeared with OS X 10.4 Tiger (specifically the introduction...
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    what kind of solder do you use??

    Here's where I got my silver solder: For most soldering, I still use this:
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    Blue Jeans LC-1 vs Signal Cable Analog Two

    Quote: Originally Posted by eyeteeth ...I could compare the A2 and LC-1 but life is too short and I am now beyond wire.....except for the occasion of saving you a few bucks. Pretty much sums up my attitude these days. BJC offers excellent cables for the price. I prefer to...
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    Blue Jeans Cable LC-1 or 1505F?

    Quote: Originally Posted by penguindude ...I called the company and the person who answered the phone told me that for a 2 footer, i wont be able to really hear any sonic difference between the two... There you go. If the guys selling you the stuff are saying it doesn't matter...
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    So how do _you_ manage multiple libraries (lossless/portable)?

    After messing around with multiple libraries, I eventually settled on a single library with both ALAC and AAC versions of all my CDs. I found that Smart Playlists filtering by Kind (or bitrate) was "good enough" for my needs, and I don't have to think about "which library am I in?" all the time...
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    I got Mac'd!!!

    Quote: Originally Posted by Lazarus Short ...the iBook owner used Norton Utilities on it. We found over 150,000 files with minor problems!... Ignoring the juvenile flamebaiters, please don't spend your money on any Norton product for the mac. Norton Utilities used to be very...
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    "Another" gun thread . . .

    Quote: Originally Posted by milkpowder I thought machine guns and rockets were illegal?! I wonder how they got permission... Nope, machine guns have been perfectly legal to own since they were first developed. Some States put up bureaucratic barriers so that only "special" people...
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    Thinking of buying my first good's and cons?

    Very happy with my Tissot. It's a PR50 Chrono that I picked up in Canada 10 years ago. They apparently changed the design, because mine looks nicer than the current model. Quality is good, and I've only had to change the battery twice (about $40 if you want the waterproofing seal...
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    What is your favourite speaker cable?

    I went with 12-gauge Belden 5000 for a very short (<6ft) run. Basically, I just bought the least expensive cable I could find, which turned out to be from Blue Jeans Cable. The plugs ended up costing way more than the wire Works great, and I'll be using it for all future speaker setups.
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    Gears of War (finally a Halo killer?)

    Quote: Originally Posted by mr_baseball_08 I believe it was a "universal flop" because many of the Halo gamers disliked it because it wasn't the same Halo they were used to, not because of the actual single player game. A buddy of mine had it, and I liked it pretty well, though. I...
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    Do amps need a kind of "Burning In"

    Quote: Originally Posted by daveDerek some of this isn't all that subtle, nor is it merely a question of adapting to the sound of something. this is true for both break-in and warm up. gear doesn't go from sounding vague, harsh, and listless to sounding lively, tonally (more) correct...
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    a few question about heat shrink, please help!

    It should work just fine. If you've soldered the wire to something, the diameter will be much greater than that of the bare wire. Also, just make the heat shrink long enough to grip the wire insulation, which is also fairly large (relative to the bare wire). It works just fine for me, all the...
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    a few question about heat shrink, please help!

    Where have you been looking? I had no problems finding heat shink for 22AWG and 26AWG. I grabbed something like this at Fry's for $10. There's also this and this. Try here for links to other sources.
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    Do amps need a kind of "Burning In"

    Well, a lot of cables have solder joints, but there's not a lot of concensus on the question of cables needing "burn in". I would just enjoy the amp, rather than worrying about if it's been burned in enough. A lot of people here seem to have forgotten that this is all about enjoying the...
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    Itunes dropouts driving me nuts.

    Well, it looks like my problem is gone The only change in my setup is once again iTunes, so I guess v7 fixed whatever was causing a problem. BTW, I'm connected to the Airport Express via Ethernet, so it wasn't a bandwidth issue (at least for me).
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    Toslink Doesn't "Snap Fit"

    All of my toslink cables (and adapters) snap in place.
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    Is there a simple switch to change between sound output to speakers and headphones?

    Here's a switchbox that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I picked one up, because I was in a hurry and didn't have to to build my own.