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    Ouch, that really hertz.

    Ouch, that really hertz.
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    Likewise. I find it to be one of their most...

    Likewise. I find it to be one of their most prolific.
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    In my experience, hiss in particular cannot be...

    In my experience, hiss in particular cannot be removed without some loss in quality. Tape hiss is white noise encompassing at least a large part of the audio spectrum. Such a broad spectrum of...
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    Vinyl noise reduction software cannot measure on...

    Very true... but that doesn't preclude having a preference.[/QUOTE]

    Vinyl noise reduction software cannot measure on its own the threshold between effective reduction and quality loss. It must be...
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    I'm over my head in grief with this sad loss.

    I'm over my head in grief with this sad loss.
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    The newest models have re-added a phono input. ...

    The newest models have re-added a phono input.



    Humans don't perceive sound the way precision test equipment does. On paper, speakers with similar specs should sound the same. But design...
  7. The old adage remains true: parent's are not...

    The old adage remains true: parent's are not supposed to outlive their children. Condolences.
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    Just like "ray-all," the snack company called...

    Just like "ray-all," the snack company called Bimbo means something different in Spanish. My boss who's Latina often serves Bimbo products.
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    When Dream Theater was in Phoenix on their 6...

    When Dream Theater was in Phoenix on their 6 Degrees tour, it was on my mom's birthday. I couldn't attend the show for obvious reasons.
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    Once on the train to work, an indigenous young...

    Once on the train to work, an indigenous young man said he wished he could grow a long beard like mine. I told him not if it also came with my baldness. Indigenous men's inability to grow facial...
  11. If you can hear the difference in Hi-Res, it's...

    If you can hear the difference in Hi-Res, it's absolutely worth it. DSD is a step above PCM Hi-Res. If you're among most people who can't, don't waste your money.
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    ^^ Geddy and Alex haven't lost hair over the...

    ^^ Geddy and Alex haven't lost hair over the decades either. Apart from cutting it off for that 80s look. The way Neil kept his head covered later in his life, it's hard to tell whether he may have.
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    The track lengths submitted online could've been...

    The track lengths submitted online could've been submitted by anyone. Some of whom aren't all that bright. I've seen quite bizarre CDDB Database entries. Which must've been uploaded by somebody...
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    ^^ The only thing online converters do is turn...

    ^^ The only thing online converters do is turn your web browser into a local converter. Same with photos, videos, PDF files, et cetera, et cetera. Your files are not being uploaded to the cloud. ...
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    ^^ The freeac rcarlberg suggested uses LAME as an...

    ^^ The freeac rcarlberg suggested uses LAME as an encoder. With a nice GUI. Many GUI apps use LAME under the hood, as well as ffmpeg. The command line utility ffmpeg even uses LAME to encode MP3s.
  16. The number one reason given by people who don't...

    The number one reason given by people who don't trust them is they're too new. Fact is mRNA technology was more than a decade in the making. It fortuitously came to fruition just in time for Covid....
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    ^^ Rob Halford could also wail back in the day. ...

    ^^ Rob Halford could also wail back in the day. And Ian Gillan could scream his guts out as a young man. In tune no less.
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    This is the one Rush song which touches me most...

    This is the one Rush song which touches me most deeply on a personal level.
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    ^^ For those who prefer it in Hi-Res, it's...

    ^^ For those who prefer it in Hi-Res, it's available on HDTracks. The official download source for InsideOut Music. It may still be new enough for the new release discount code to work. But don't...
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    A few months ago my parents had to call around to...

    A few months ago my parents had to call around to multiple thrift stores. Trying to find one willing to take a china cabinet off their hands.
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    ^^ JLT has more of a right to sing Mark II DP...

    ^^ JLT has more of a right to sing Mark II DP material than Rod Evans did in the late 70s. JLT actually performed those songs with the band.
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    A couple of decades ago my dad collected reamers...

    A couple of decades ago my dad collected reamers for squeezing citrus fruit. They were valuable when he bought them. Now when he's trying to de-clutter, he can't give them away.
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    What I like about it is more interesting...

    What I like about it is more interesting tonalities and composition structures. Akin to modern era classical music. One could even call it "RIO light."
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    ^^ Even if a rusted item could be restored to...

    ^^ Even if a rusted item could be restored to mint condition, it wouldn't be worth nearly as much as if it remain in mint condition to begin with. With the possible exception of old cars. Which by...
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    Banco's latest Orlando Le Forme dell Amore. ...

    Banco's latest Orlando Le Forme dell Amore. Quite prolific. Perhaps the best Banco album ever. Not just the best since Francesco's sad passing.
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    My family would religiously watch the Adam...

    My family would religiously watch the Adam 12/Emergency hour. If a kid happened upon Emergency today, they'd be shocked by the episode in which some guy dropped the pull tab in his can of beer. ...
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    CD-RWs are a different animal. They're written...

    CD-RWs are a different animal. They're written by actually melting the substrate. So they can be erased and rewritten by remelting the substrate. And many players which can play CD-Rs without a...
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    Another silly question: how old is the disc to...

    Another silly question: how old is the disc to which you're trying to burn? Try another brand and/or age of disc to rule out the media itself as the culprit. Also, make sure it's *NOT* one of those...
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    Speaking of British shows (spoiler alert): did...

    Speaking of British shows (spoiler alert): did anyone catch the Jodie Whittaker Doctor regenerate back into the David Tennant Doctor?
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    One episode in which it actually was funny was...

    One episode in which it actually was funny was when it was oppressively hot. Hawkeye's dad sent him a portable bathtub, and everyone was waiting in line to jump in and cool off. Klinger was wearing...
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    It was either the RADAR or TACAN unit. I forget...

    It was either the RADAR or TACAN unit. I forget which. The IFF had a built in self test capability, which instructors told us not to rely on. Then when going out to the fleet, we used the Avionics...
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    Klinger's transvestism was a ploy to obtain a...

    Klinger's transvestism was a ploy to obtain a section 8 discharge. Who would be offended by that? The punchline was when in the final episode, he stayed in Korea after the war to help his new wife...
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    Anyone who knows they have something valuable...

    Anyone who knows they have something valuable isn't going to load it in their car. And schlep it over to the Antiques Roadshow taping. If for no other reason, it's an unnecessary risk.
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    One drawback of MOSFETs is they're highly...

    One drawback of MOSFETs is they're highly sensitive to electrostatic discharge damage. In one unit of my Navy A School, instructors told us not to so much as touch the MOSFET in the training device....
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    Norman Lear's shows were truly ground breaking. ...

    Norman Lear's shows were truly ground breaking. All in the Family or The Jeffersons would never fly in today's politically correct culture. And of course Star Trek. Not only because it featured a...
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    ^^ I must be really stupid. I have a whole...

    ^^ I must be really stupid. I have a whole closet full of band shirts, including one from TFK.
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    ^^ I thought you'd say that.

    ^^ I thought you'd say that.
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    Guitar overdrive and distortion sounds more...

    Guitar overdrive and distortion sounds more transparent generated by tube saturation than transistor clipping. The latter to its extreme makes a guitar sound more like a buzz saw. Tube distortion...
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    Tube amps *MUST* sound warmer. There's literally...

    Tube amps *MUST* sound warmer. There's literally a heating element heating the cathode. So it throws off electrons.
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    The Rainmaker Hi-Res Download sounds good. But...

    The Rainmaker Hi-Res Download sounds good. But Space Revolver has a little bit more of the open, transparent sound I expect to hear in 24/96 Hi-Res. My favorite Rainmaker track has always been the...
  41. Thread: CD Rot

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    Older players can't read CD-Rs. Or if they can...

    Older players can't read CD-Rs. Or if they can play then, not without problems.
  42. And in the 50s, kids weren't allergic to anything...

    And in the 50s, kids weren't allergic to anything on this list.
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    As the last stop on their Power tour, Kansas...

    As the last stop on their Power tour, Kansas played at Naval Air Station North Island. Just one week before I traveled there from the Central Valley of California. For a detachment aboard my ship. ...
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    Would he lie to you?

    Would he lie to you?
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    ^^ In the summer of 1980 they held a show called...

    ^^ In the summer of 1980 they held a show called "Arizona Jam." At an outdoor amphitheater called the Compton Terrace. The billing was Ted Nugent, Sabbath on the Heaven and Hell tour, and Blue...
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    Izotope has a VST plugin for adding vinyl noise...

    Izotope has a VST plugin for adding vinyl noise as a sound effect. Which they give away for free.
  47. Proper cycling shorts support the "junk" the way...

    Proper cycling shorts support the "junk" the way a sports bra supports a woman's breasts. I used the know a guy who was the clown mascot for Food For the Hungry, International. He undertook riding...
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    At one time Bill Cosby was "America's Dad." But,...

    At one time Bill Cosby was "America's Dad." But, you know...................
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    In 1984 I couldn't see Deep Purple on the Perfect...

    In 1984 I couldn't see Deep Purple on the Perfect Strangers tour. I worked the swing shift at Denny's, and couldn't get the evening off. Nobody was available to cover my shift. That evening I was...
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    ^^^ The vinyl version of Stardust released a few...

    ^^^ The vinyl version of Stardust released a few years ago sounds considerably better than the original CD.
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    Tell her *NOT* to get into one of those Volkswagen Beetle taxis. If she does, she's sure to be robbed.
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    She and her traveling partner Emo Philips were...

    She and her traveling partner Emo Philips were among my favorites back in the day. The world just became darker.
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    As cross posted in the Vinyl outselling CDs...

    As cross posted in the Vinyl outselling CDs thread: at one point in the article it asks readers to compare 2 clips. A browser plug-in is going to downsample higher resolution clips to 16/44.1. There...
  54. Thread: Birders

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    ^^ When I was a kid a stray cat adopted us. My...

    ^^ When I was a kid a stray cat adopted us. My parents ended up taking her to the pound. She chased away all the birds who would've eaten the cicadas in our trees. The trees became completely...
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    At one point in the article it asks readers to...

    At one point in the article it asks readers to compare 2 clips. A browser plug-in is going to downsample higher resolution clips to 16/44.1. There is no real difference in what readers are hearing,...
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    How about Jim Neighbors? He spoke with a high...

    How about Jim Neighbors? He spoke with a high squeaky voice, but sang in a beautiful rich baritone voice.
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    ^^ He also didn't play on Magnification, but does...

    ^^ He also didn't play on Magnification, but does a nice job filling the orchestra's role.
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    They stopped producing CD singles sometime the...

    They stopped producing CD singles sometime the late 90s. Between that time and when iTunes went live, radio stations had to illegally download MP3s to play on air. For which they'd pay the standard...
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    A few days ago: Al di Meola, Jean-Luc Ponty and...

    A few days ago: Al di Meola, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clark. Rite of Strings live at Montreux. Awesome performance.
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    There was a time when there was no such thing as...

    There was a time when there was no such thing as a CD single. The industry preferred making everyone pay for a sucky CD for that one good song. That's what made iTunes such a killer app. People...
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