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Everything posted by Edgar

  1. The very same analogy occurred to me. It really is a matter of where one draws the line. I can appreciate the stance that Roy takes and Mr. Klipsch took on the matter, but it does restrict one's options for "personalization".
  2. I do understand. I've published technical papers, then had others use my work in their own research. Some of the results were brilliant, and I am appreciative of the improvements that they made. Others just left me shaking my head in disbelief, because they so completely botched the effort.
  3. I respectfully disagree, for the reason that I stated here. It's more about the attitude than it is about the bits and pieces.
  4. Nope. The white gas flashed-over so quickly that the charcoal was unaffected ... unlike my eyebrows.
  5. Visited a friend, once, for a barbeque. He asked me to light the charcoal while he prepped the food. He had two identical containers of charcoal lighter fluid in the garage, one of which actually contained charcoal lighter fluid and the other which contained white gas (naptha). Guess which one I unknowingly grabbed. All I remember is a brilliant white flash.
  6. Oh, geez, that's dangerously volatile and flammable. I've had success with acetone (nail polish remover).
  7. The memory is the second thing to go. I don't remember what the first thing is.
  8. Had a Northstar Horizon with 16 kB RAM, Z-80 (2 or 4 MHz, I don't remember which), CP/M, S-100. I eventually bought 64 kB static RAM for $400, and I had to solder it all together myself. That allowed me to run the original TurboPascal. I did exactly that with an IMSAI 8080, also a Data General Nova. Always prayed that the tape didn't break. The Nova had actual core memory. Why do I feel so old all of a sudden?
  9. Price dropped to $1250. https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ele/d/saint-charles-klipsch-la-scala-speakers/7334860813.html Still no affiliation.
  10. Yeah, the instructors figured that one out very quickly. To quote one of my professors, "Once they allowed calculators in the classroom, we got to put the really interesting problems on the exams."
  11. Understood. I have phono in my system. For that, I convert from analog to digital right out of the preamp, after which it's all digital up to the amps.
  12. Ideally, you keep the signal path all-digital, from source to DAC. One and only one conversion step from digital to analog, just ahead of (or even inside) the amplifiers.
  13. And properly executed digital EQ (whether in the form of tone controls, parameteric equalizer, graphic equalizer, or anything else) are so good that they put analog EQ to shame. The old arguments against equalization are rapidly disappearing, for good reason.
  14. https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ele/d/saint-charles-klipsch-la-scala-speakers/7334860813.html No affiliation.
  15. I always chuckle when I see that scowl on PWK's face. I wish I'd met him. I have a feeling that he and I would have gotten along well ... or we would have hated each other.
  16. I keep an ancient version of Adobe Acrobat 6.0 for this -- it's so old that I have to run it in a Windows XP virtual machine, but it gets the job done. You might check eBay to see if anything similar is available. As for Adobe Reader DC, I do business on my computer and cannot allow anything that I do to be stored "in the cloud", so I stopped updating at Reader X. It still tries to phone home every time, but I set up a firewall filter to prevent that. And my files stay on my computer, where they belong.
  17. I doubt it. The mu-metal would be outside the core of the inductor, not inside it. Any field outside the core is considered stray. https://web.ua.es/docivis/magnet/solenoid.html#
  18. One day Earth will shake-off humanity the way that a dog shakes-off water from its coat. That is, if we don't do it to ourselves first.
  19. It's possible that there is absolutely nothing wrong, and that the OP simply doesn't like the character of the bass that the C4 provides. That is neither a judgment of the C4 nor of the OP.
  20. I do not even have the words to express the sorrow that I feel for you and your family. My sincere condolences.
  21. The rare Salvador Dali edition of the La Scala.
  22. Edgar

    Old eyes

    As a person who rides motorcycles and bicycles on the very same roads that you drive, I request that you correct your vision to the greatest extent possible.
  23. I'll spare you references to the Rainbow Bridge, and offer my condolences and sympathy. I've had to do it myself twice in the past, and in both cases it was among the most difficult things I've ever had to do. It is the last act of kindness that you can show to your loving friend.
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