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  1. Avatar is an interplanetary version of "Dances With Wolves" but with a happier ending...
  2. http://www.higherfi.com/spkrlist/speakerlist.htm $2 million--Transmission Audio's ULTIMATE
  3. I prefer these: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10401&cs_id=1040115&p_id=2944&seq=1&format=2 Awesome value for the price!
  4. So.... where's the "thingy" now?
  5. As it appears I'm only talking to myself, that's it. Everything sounds great. Active is a LOT of work & tweaking, but the rewards are great. End of Story~
  6. http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=110-439&vReviewShow=1&vReviewRand=2818820&AID=1457538&PID=3696791&SID=skim1010X497171 This absolutely hilarious; you MUST read the customer comments~ A great marketing ploy by PartsExpress to draw attention to their site!
  7. Some sneak peeks; the first two are Dianna Krall (1st video died--camera battery!), and third is the climax of the 1812 Overture-- I kept them all short for size. Sorry they're so dark; don't know WTH is up with that: http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/?action=view&current=MOV02911.mp4 http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/?action=view&current=MOV02912.mp4 http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/?action=view&current=MOV02915.mp4 The 1812 Overture overmodulated BAD; guess I need to turn it down a little next time...
  8. 1. Quit eating out except on occasion. 2. Drive vehicles with 250,000+ miles on them until they fall apart. 3. Do all my own home & vehicle maintenance. 4. Started a second business "The Fixit Dude" to supplement income. ...I may have to start my gigolo gig again next month if things don't improve...
  9. The space alien is "Marvin the Martian" (from Mars) and it's the PU-42 Space Modulator: Guess I'm showing my geek side~
  10. I could SERIOUSLY get used to this~ [Y]
  11. At first, no sound. A few minutes of troubleshooting (of course, AFTER everything was put back together--GRRRR!)..... I had a couple of cables going into the wrong slot~ fixed~ Sounding good! I used the DeOxit spray. It's impossible to wipe out the switches & pots, but I sprayed them, worked the pot/switch for a few minutes, then followed up with the GOLD. I used Q-tips for the connectors, wiped them well, let it sit, then wiped them off & used the GOLD as a follow up/protectant on everything.
  12. One of the Rane's had been hot; looked like this under the caps:
  13. As promised; all the pics are at this link...I got tired of linking them all~ http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/?start=all I'll import a couple: The Rane guts: Finished product: New system configuration
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    I saw this last Sunday & it is EXCELLENT! You absolutely MUST pay attention to follow what goes on. I suggest laying off the soda & using the restroom before the movie...you don't want to miss anything by having to make an untimely run to the facilities...
  15. I REALLY beat them up with some Donald Fagen today (The Nightfly & Two Against Nature); no fuses or circuit breakers blown (astoundingly!) & they sound terrific~ Now to just get the other speaker done & get proficient with the Room EQ Wizard...
  16. Got one speaker done tonight; what a FREAKIN' ordeal! I learned a couple of things, not the least of which is to drill out the mounting holes & install the blind nuts FIRST~ the side nuts required some modification in the form of bending as they sit right at the edge of the 45 degree angle that goes from back to side/back on the AL-IIIs... Started off looking like this: And the end result looks like this (pardon the fingerprints): But FIRST, you have to start HERE--original hole: Drilled new holes to match the 6/32 stainless steel tapered-head bolts (1 inch) Sized & cut some thin foam seal (originally made for lining a truck tool box) to prevent air leaks/farting around the panel: Began de-soldering the wiring to the crossover & speakers: http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02797.jpg?t=1279685970 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02798.jpg?t=1279685970 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02799.jpg?t=1279685970 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02800.jpg?t=1279685970 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02801.jpg?t=1279685970 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02802.jpg?t=1279686012 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02804.jpg?t=1279686012 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02804.jpg?t=1279686012 Went up to 12 gauge monoprice oxygen-free copper wiring from the original, wimpy (& NOT copper!) wiring: http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02805.jpg?t=1279686012 Heat sinks in place (made a HUGE difference in heat transferred to the wire insulation & binding post plastic parts: http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02806.jpg?t=1279686012 ^^^ I ended up soldering banana plugs to use with the woofer inside the cabinet as it was too difficult to try to solder in there. The monoprice bananas worked out GREAT & fit right into the woofer connectors (3/4 " on center). I had to drill out the holes in the binding posts to get the 12 gauge wire through them: http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02812.jpg?t=1279686397 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02813.jpg?t=1279686274 UGLY solder joints w/heat sinks in place: http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02814.jpg?t=1279686483 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02816.jpg?t=1279686483 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02817.jpg?t=1279686483 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02818.jpg?t=1279686483 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02821.jpg?t=1279686527 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02822.jpg?t=1279686527 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02823.jpg?t=1279686527 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02827.jpg?t=1279686608 http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02828.jpg?t=1279686608 A shot of the port tube: http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg286/TNRabbit/Audio/DSC02826.jpg?t=1279686658 It works! Couldn't crank it tonight as it was too late, but will do so tomorrow afternoon~
  17. OMG~ This is freakin' HYSTERICAL!!
  18. Consider monoprice.com for a very inexpensive alternative.
  19. It would be tough to narrow down ONE best, but I have DVD-As of Blue Man Group & Steely Dan *Gaucho" that are excellent, as well as SACDs of the Yellowjackets "Time Out" and Monty Alexander's "My America" that are very good as well. I'd end up having to list at least a dozen to be fair~
  20. Got the stainless panels in the mail today; THANKS AGAIN, MIKE!! =D> =D> BEAUTIFUL~ The right one sustained a small scratch during shipping; nothing a little steel wool won't take out~ Now to get everything together! :-"
  21. Lots more hot turbine action out there~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGB8CyrQqn4 http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=turbine+radio+control
  22. Could it be as simple as a dirty lens?
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