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    402/K-691 JubScala IIs + Paradigm PW-2100 V.2, powered by Yamaha MX-D1 x 2, EQ'd by Electro-Voice Dx38, controlled by Yamaha RX-A2060, fed by Technics SL-1210M5G, Panasonic DMP-UB900 & Yamaha DVD-S550

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  1. That does sound interesting and impressive. Thanks for sharing this.
  2. Thanks for the correction. I’ve only seen it done (flashed?) by people who were likely guessing at it. So is signing with ASL at conversational speed like playing an instrument, with muscle memory coming into play, or is it like riding a bicycle, like once you learn it, you’ve got it?
  3. When I was a kid, the horns sign meant bullshit, and I thought that was universal. Later, however, it seemed to mean “rock on”, “Satan rules”, and “l love you”, or just “love”. And to Italians, it means “your wife is unfaithful”. Say what? It means that you “wear the horns of the cuckold”, or unlucky husband. It’s very confusing, but three of the meanings I listed do use the “horn” concept, so that helps a little bit. I suppose that with only a handful of hand signs that are known to the average person, it would be inevitable that more meanings would be attached to each sign, making the hand sign handier, but the “horns” sign seem to be the primary example of this, with the other signs having only a few meanings in each spoken language. Yes, among people who speak different languages, hand signs can have very different meanings than they do to English speakers, leading to occasional embarrassment for tourists and others who assume that their hand signs “obviously” mean the same thing to everybody.
  4. Actually, in some cases it is better to leave power amps turned on. Last year, I spoke with a Yamaha Music Canada rep at an open house at Atlas AVU (Audio Video Unlimited), one of the better home sound and vision shops here in town. When I asked the Yamaha rep about leaving components on or just turning them on when they’re being used, he told me that Yamaha recommends leaving their power amps on, since this eliminates the power surges that happen during turn-on/turn-off, which shortens the lives of amplifiers. However, with receivers and maybe integrated amps, it gets a bit more complicated, since their displays and other features age whenever they’re turned on, so receivers and maybe integrated power amps should not be left on all the time. Happily, the Class D power amps that I use draw very little power at idle, so it’s not like I’m heating the room and spinning the little wheel in the power meter outside my place. I’ve seen in writing a few times that many SS amps, mine included, can take 24 hours or so to stabilize and sound their best after being turned on. I haven’t personally tested this, but it sounds plausible. Are tube power amps also like that?
  5. Sounds good. Once you get a chance to have a good look at your speakers, check them over and make sure that all connections are snug. Over time, the screws in particular can get a little loose. This can be due to various things, like corrosion, soft washers gradually getting crushed, and so on. It wouldn't hurt to loosen and tighten (nice and snug, not crazy tight. they're not engine head bolts.) the screws in the crossovers, because this can be a source of noise, mostly intermittent, and is not good for anything in the speakers. Although it can be tempting to rush into a whole list of modifications and updates, it's a better idea to first get accustomed to what you have. Educate your ears. Take weeks at least, and maybe longer, to get used to the strengths and weaknesses of your speakers, what you really like, and what you like a little less. This also gives you time to set aside a little money for updates/upgrades, so any improvements are not made with borrowed money. Why give away interest if you don't have to? Once you've had time to listen to various kinds of music you like, and how they sound through your speakers, then make only one change at a time, so you know which change did what to the sound. The capacitors are an ideal first step, since they do have a definite useful life, 15-20 years, after which their performance gradually gets worse and worse. Speaking of useful life, the good news is that the woofers in Klipschorns (and La Scalas, and Belles, and other Heritage Series models) last for many decades. If the speakers have been used, not abused, and stored safely, they rarely ever fail. There's no magic involved; it's just that instead of foam or rubber surrounds they have doped-paper surrounds, which last a really long time. Congrats on receiving your fine speakers, and welcome to the Forum!
  6. I disagree. About 30 or 40 years ago, famines were more common, then came the Green Revolution, with improved growing methods and chemistry, so food production was greatly increased. It backfired. At first, there were fewer famines, then people started having more children, and within twenty years, Africa was back where it had started, with people going hungry again. India and China are more organized, but even so, those countries are so crowded that famine is only a few failed crop-years away. Already, some Indian cities have started running out of clean drinking (and cooking and bathing) water. Poverty is the issue. For poor people, children are an asset, able to help on the farm or otherwise bring money into the family. For rich people (and I include most middle-income people in the developed world in that group), children are an expense, so it makes more sense to have three or fewer, instead of six or eight. Therefore, the solution is to make more people (relatively) rich. That will cause a definite reduction in population growth, as it has done in Europe, North America, and other developed countries, most noticeably Japan, whose population has actually started to shrink. We've had one Green Revolution, which greatly increased food production. I don't see another one happening in the near future. Earth's capacity to produce food is not unlimited. As the global climate becomes less hospitable to humans (and most other creatures), our ability to produce food will be lessened, not increased. Nine billion humans is the most frequently quoted number for maximum human population, but whether it's 9 gig of humans or 10, it doesn't make much difference, because if it's the upper number, we'll hit 10 gig soon enough. We may or may not live long enough to see what peak population looks like, but our children almost certainly will, and for our grandkids, it's guaranteed. Those ones will see how bad it can get.
  7. My 1974 La Scalas came with crossovers that looked exactly like those. Just replacing the capacitors with Bob Crites's Sonicaps made a very noticeable improvement in sound clarity. They came in a kit, with little plastic saddles and zip-ties, for a tidy installation.
  8. Well, now you've got me wondering if bucks cock their legs to pee, like male dogs do.
  9. You're right, but not according to some people, even some people in power. They seem to believe in some sort of "steady-state" situation, where things are as they've always been, except perhaps for the last few decades, and will continue as they always have, as long as no-one is stupid enough to rock the boat and upset the natural order.
  10. Four years ago, I was visiting family in rural Ontario and saw my first solar farm. My first thought was "Wow! Here's the future! Clean energy for all!" A few days later, I read a reader comment in the Letters To The Editor section of the local paper (local to central rural Ontario, that is), grumbling about how the solar farms were so unsightly. It was a long comment, and she might have even called them a blight on the landscape, or words to that effect. Who knows how many others feel that way, that the means of generating power should always be invisible to most people? I saw only one solar farm during my visit, and it didn't bother me at all. Last year, when researching this topic, I was surprised to learn that hydro power costs the most human lives of any form of power generation, directly at least. This is mostly due to dam failures and related incidents, including the slide of a mountainside into a large hydro reservoir in Italy that caused a huge wave, pretty much wiping out the small town on the far side of the reservoir. All energy production methods cause loss of life, human mostly, but animals die as well. As other members have posted, the main problem is too many people on the Earth. One statistic that stays at the tip of my tongue is that between 1950 and 2015, the human population tripled, from 2.5 billion to 7.5 billion. In just one lifetime, the number of people on Earth tripled! This clearly won't go on, but the corrections that will take place, by starvation and many other means, will not be pleasant, like the Black Plague that reduced the population of Europe by about 30% back in the early centuries of the last millennium. Things were not great in 1950, but when you take into account the 5 billion "extra" people that have been added to the population, each with his or her needs for food, clothing, housing, transport, entertainment, and so on and so on, it seems obvious that there must inevitably be some changes to society, and to everything we see, making 1950 seem wonderful. There will be 9 billion people on Earth during our younger children's lifetimes, and it won't be pleasant. The sooner this is acknowledged, the better.
  11. Good to know. Thanks. However, I’ve moved twice since living in that eventually bug-free house. Here in Victoria, we have no mosquitoes, although there are some up-Island. Down here on the southern tip of the Island we have ocean on three sides of us, and a sea breeze from at least one direction most days. The common belief is that the breeze blows mosquitoes out to sea, so they’ve given up and stay away. Many homes, and even some plush hotels, don’t have any screens on the windows. The building code does require windows to be childproof by being limited to opening a maximum 4 inches/10 cm. If you have no kids in the house amd want to open your windows wider, it’s easy to adjust the stopper devices. As for in-house bugs, all I see are the occasional tiny jumping spiders. These ones are only about 1/8”/3mm long, and their mighty jumps are only about 1”/2.5 cm long. Since they don’t eat or contaminate my food, and don’t try to bite me or jump on me, seeing one every few months doesn’t bother me. Since their prey is the bugs that do all those things, the little spiders have earned the right to share my space, as long as their numbers are really small (I’ve never seen more than one at a time) and I never see one in the kitchen. They’re like the tiniest guard dogs in the world, and they feed themselves and never bark. Not bad, right?
  12. Years ago, I bought a house that came with roaches. I tried one or two insecticides that didn't work, then I got some Chinese insecticide chalk. It comes in a pack of two sticks that look like normal blackboard chalk, but it's very poisonous. You just make a line (it doesn't have to be thick or wide), and any creepy-crawly that walks across that line is soon dead. The only exception was millipedes, which were unaffected by it. I can only assume that all those feet mean that they step too lightly to absorb the insecticide. You can draw a line on the floor across a doorway, around a fridge or cupboard, or whatever that seems to be attracting them. From personal experience, it works well on roaches and ants. Ants were going for the cat food in the dish on the ground floor, so I drew a line across their suspected path (I may have drawn one around the dish as well), and when I came back in a couple of hours, there were maybe fifty dead or twitching soon-to-be-dead ants near the bowl. They never came back. Luckily, the cat didn't eat any of the ants. The downside is that all the writing on the box was in Chinese, so if there were any warnings, I couldn't read them. I did make sure to wash my hands immediately after handling it. I found the insecticide chalk at the local Chinese-staffed variety/convenience store. It's not likely that you'd find it at Home Depot or Canadian Tire. The roaches never came back. EDIT: I'm away for a few days and whole new topics are happening! Anyway, that chalk works.
  13. I can only assume that you don't realize that Cory is Metropolis Lake Outfitters. Calling his customers suckers is not a good way to get started on this forum, especially considering that quite a few of the members on here are his customers. Cory is very popular here, and often has great prices on models that have been in production for some time, but the AL5 La Scala II is a new model, so as Cory has suggested, there will be no discounts at the present time.
  14. I bought Reefer Madness on DVD a few years ago. Included was the original B&W version, plus a colourized version. That was even funnier. The men’s sport coats were pastel coloured, which gave them a bit of a pimp look, but funnier still was the smoke. The exhaled pot smoke was pastel pink, lavender, or green. I wish the original makers could have seen that version.
  15. Those Palmetto Bugs are something else. Years ago, the gf and I rode from Toronto to Tampa and back on my bike. At the motel, I was walking toward the office to book a second night, when I saw a Palmetto bug on the sidewalk. It spotted me from 20 feet away, and rushed toward the linen room door. This critter was so tall that it struck its head on the bottom of the door and stopped. Then, it ducked down carefully and scuttled out of sight. I really hoped it didn’t have a nest among the sheets or pillowcases. Didn't see any six-legged critters in our room during our stay, so I guess we got lucky.
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