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  1. CECA,

    Thanks for posting that!

    That was wicked, working landing gear and all. I wonder what terminal velocity is with that twin ducted fan settup?


    That's not ducted fan; it has actual turbine engines. REAL turbines @ 5 inches in diameter can be had for around $2k each. Some of the newer ones produce as much as 40 lbs of thrust (no for $2k, though!). Some approach 300 mph.

  2. Some FYI about Rane for anyone following this thread:

    The Rane Story

    Rane Corporation History & Philosophy

    Rane Corporation, founded and incorporated in 1981 in Washington State,
    is a privately held company. The owners all previously worked together
    in middle management positions at Phase Linear Corporation,
    a high-end consumer electronics company. With this background, they
    pooled over 40 years of combined audio experience to create Rane
    Corporation. Owners became separate department heads based upon their
    expertise. This organization created an unusually strong structure,
    since all department heads had a unique owner's perspective in making it

    The company name was selected from an anagram created from the common
    letters of the first and last names of the original founders. This
    particular anagram was selected because it was short, easy-to-say and
    remember, and they liked the double-entendre possibilities implying
    wet-links to the Northwest.

    The essential ingredients in Rane's successful philosophy are knowledge,
    integrity, pride and common sense. At Rane, people learn to treat
    people the way they would want to be treated, to design & build
    products the way they would want theirs designed & built, and that
    when something goes wrong, you react quickly and decisively to correct
    it. It is an old fashioned, common sense way to run a business, based on
    mutual trust and respect.

    Rane started out with four products aimed at small bands, designed to
    make their live performances better. At the forefront was a unique
    12-input, 6-output matrix mixer (MM 12) used to create six different
    monitor mixes for driving stage monitor speakers. The idea was to help
    performers hear themselves better. Up to that time, either the small
    group had no monitors at all, or they were all driven by the same mix.
    What Rane provided was new, compactly designed, affordable tools to help
    solve the many problems of on-stage monitoring. Complementing the
    matrix mixer was the industry's first 6-channel power amplifier (MA 6),
    and a companion 6-channel headphone amplifier for rehearsal (HC 6). The
    fourth initial product was a unique combo unit, consisting of a
    1/3-octave graphic equalizer and a simple realtime analyzer (RE 27),
    aimed at giving the performing musician a handy, easy-to-use tool for
    improving their sound in all venues. In doing all this, Rane established
    a new price-point for performance, quality and reliability. Rane
    products were priced well below the top high-end equipment yet
    outperformed and outlasted them, but were still priced significantly
    above the low-end products -- thus creating a new middle ground.

    A noteworthy testament to Rane's design significance and reliability
    reputation, is that in their first two years of production, Rane
    designed and shipped eight new products -- five of which are still in
    production today.

    Rane Corporation today is an established innovator in providing
    problem-solving professional audio tools, affordably priced, with
    unequalled reliability.

    Rane Corporate Milestones

    1981: Incorporated in Washington State, USA

    1982: 1st Constant-Q EQ & 1st EQ/RTA combo unit - the RE 27

    1983: AES paper: 4th-order state-variable Linkwitz-Riley crossovers

    1984: 1st Linkwitz-Riley crossovers: AC 22 & AC 23

    1986: AES Journal publishes Rane's landmark Constant-Q Graphic EQ paper

    1986: 1st Interpolating Constant-Q EQ

    1987: Rane's 1st digital audio product: AD 13 Audio Delay

    1988: Publish PI 14 Pseudoacoustic Infector data sheet

    1989: 1st 8th-order L-R Crossover

    1989: 1st MIDI-Programmable EQs

    1989: Develop Accelerated-SlopeTM EQ

    1990: Patent: Constant-Q Topology

    1991: Patent: Accelerated-Slope EQ

    1991: 1st THX Home Cinema EQ: THX 44

    1993: 1st Dolby Time-LinkTM pro audio delay

    1994: Home Cinema Products launched

    1995: PAQRAT® Digital Audio Recording System

    1995: 1st RW 232 software product: RPE 228 Equalizer

    1995: Launch website & Pro Audio Reference

    1996: Mojo Series introduced

    1997: Rane 1st DSP digital audio product: RPM 26

    1997: Rane 1st teleconferencing product: ECS

    1998: Patent: teleconferencing product

    1998: New standard in DJ performing mixer: TTM 54

    1999: Rane 1st Ethernet product: Via 10

    2000: Rane 1st CobraNet products: NM 84 & NM 48

    2001: Twenty-Year anniversary

    2001: First magnetic fader DJ performing mixer: TTM 56

    2002: Drag Net 100% drag and drop DSP

    2003: DEQ 60 Perfect-Q Graphic Equalizer

    2004: Patents: Magnetic Fader and Acoustic Echo Canceller

    2004: SeratoTM Scratch LIVE digital audio computer interface

    2005: SeratoTM MP 4 digital audio file mixer

    2005: Digital Amplifier: MA 4

    2006: Scratch LIVE Mixer: TTM 57SL

    2006: Twenty-five Year Anniversary

    We may be reached via telephone during normal business hours (8:00 AM to
    5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time) at 425-355-6000. You may fax us any time
    at 425-347-7757.

    Our postal mailing address is: Rane Corporation, 10802 47th Avenue West,
    Mukilteo, WA, 98275, USA

    If you prefer hard copies of literature in the mail, you may email or
    call us at 425-551-1833.

  3. I'm a little apprehensive about the whole testing/analyzing thing. I
    might learn something (or not) that puts this outside my abilities...

    received my binding posts & fuse holders yesterday; still waiting
    on the circuit breakers. I'll post pics later today--they are quite

  4. What a tool~



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    Join Date: Nov 2009
    Location: tha 561!, fla
    Posts: 168

    The shock and Awe system!!! phaze 3!!! and damage report.
    hello, if you have been following this story you know why you r here.
    if you are just tuning in heres the situation.

    i hooked up a huge system, using 50 receivers and 100 speakers.
    it ended badley..

    -------------the shock and awe! system equipment roster------------------
    1-marantz 18
    2-marantz 2220b
    3-marantz 2225
    4-marantz 2230
    5-marantz 2235b
    6-marantz 2245-from my friend billys system
    7-marantz 2270
    8-sansui 5000a
    9-sansui 3000a
    10-sansui 771
    11-sansui 221
    12-sansui 1000
    13-sansui qrx-3500
    14-sansui 7070db-from my friend heaths system
    15-yamaha cr-2040
    16-yamaha cr 2020
    17-technics sa-200
    18-technics sa-400
    19-technics sa-6400x
    20-fisher 500b
    21-fisher 200t
    22-fisher 440t
    23-fisher 700t
    24-lafayette lr-900
    25-lafayette lr-1500ta
    26-harmon/kardon nocturne 200
    27-scott 340b
    28-scott 342
    29-scott 342b
    30-scott 382
    31-scott r-340
    32-scott 357
    33-kenwood tk-40u
    34-kenwood tk-88
    35-kenwood kr 5400
    36-kenwood kr 5600
    37-kenwood kr 7600
    38-pioneer sx-2000
    39-pioneer sx-82
    40-pioneer sx-424
    41pioneer sx-636
    42-pioneer sx-3600
    41-pioneer sx 3700
    42-pioneer sx-3800
    43-bogen tr-100x
    44-realistic sta-52
    45-realistic sta-64b
    46-realistic sta-120b
    47realistic sta-2100
    48-heathkit ar-13
    49-kenwood eleven
    50-pioneer lx-440

    7-3-2010. i got all 50 receivers up and on line today,a few buddies brought in more speakers for sound, ready for the moment......

    7-4-2010, 12:35pm, i woke up and went into my living room, and started lighting
    up the stacks, 5 total, with 10 receivers in each stack,
    12:50pm, all receivers are on and playing, had to tune each receiver to its sweet spot, this was a task that took me and my buddy 4 hours..
    4:50pm, since it was the forth of july i decided to have some fun, so i lit the whole stack up and spun the master control,

    5:30pm, the first sign of trouble, i felt dust falling on my head from someware.
    i soon discoverd i was shaking my trailer apart, literaly, the main seem cracked holding the two sections together.

    i really should have stopped here..

    6:00 pm,
    heat was really becoming an issue, it was 82 degrees outside and raining, with no air conditioning the tempature in my living room soared to 112 f with all of the equipment on and running.

    7:15, funny smells coming from the walls, i felt the wall and it was hot, so hot it burned my hand,

    7:16 pm, this is when shit started to hit the fan, me, billy and heath were franticly turning everything off and disconecting the gear, the living room started filling with smoke...

    7:17 pm, my house was on fire. the voltage was just too much for the old wiring to put up with, the living room wall was burning from the inside.
    i ran to get a crowbar, and stumbled over a pair of ar-3ax speakers, and hit the floor. it hurt.

    7:18pm, i got the crowbar and ripped up the wall to get to the fire, after a 30 second time that felt like a year, i got the fire out.

    by 7:30 the party was over, the electrical system in my house is shot, it arked threw the wall and blew out the main load box, burning all of the switches. lights out.

    lucky me i saved my house and my gear, and everyone elses gear.

    aside from a destroyed living room, and a spraind foot, a broken camera, and alot of shame, im ok.

    sorry guys, no pics yet, have to wait till i get a new camera.
    and im using my buddys computer to write this, im sleeping at his house untill i have power again, so sorry for the long wait for part 3..

    shock and awe, what a ride!!

  5. I also downloaded "Room EQ Wizard" online to use in the final tweaking. What you have thus far sounds like a start, but what Coytee said about 2 way is true. One of the reasons I like the Carver AL-IIIs so much is they place the crossover at a LOW 200 hz, in a less critical range. Having a crossover in the mid ranges can make things infinitely more complicated. To go TRULY active, you'd need to pull the crossover altogether & tweak flat response with an active EQ similar to the Rane Parametric EQs I'm using. Taking the crossover out of the loop WILL result in better control of the driver(s) by the amp & reduce power requirements (can't be that much on a sensitive speaker like the K-horns, but there are other positive aspects to removing the crossovers as well). However, you complicate matters quite a bit by taking the passive crossover out, too.

    I highly recommend taking a listen to Coytee's system if you can possibly swing it~

    Only YOU can tell if it's worth the time/effort. Good luck on your project!

  6. The rear panels will have the original mounting hole configuration so I can utilize the original screw holes, but I'm going to use these type of blind nuts with same diameter bolts --- the MDF doesn't like repeated insertion/removal of screws :D :


  7. I ordered new binding posts & fuse holders to go with the new panels Mike is making for me. Binding posts are from Parts Express:

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    The fuse holders are the knurled-knob type vice screwdriver-removable ones currently in place (although I ordered a new set of those as well, just in case). However, I also bought a set of 3 amp circuit breakers to try out:

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    Push Button 3A Circuit Breaker
    Philmore # B7003
    Same as GC 35-2103

    * Maximum DC Voltage: 50 VDC
    * Maximum AC Voltage: 250 VAC
    * Mounting Hole: .500"
    * Push to Reset
    * .250" Quick Connect

  8. Got the Rane PE-15 EQs into place with judicious appplications of MORE XLR balanced cables...what a mess of cabling behind my unit:

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    At first, the Ranes exhibited an INCREDIBLE amount of noise; I mean I was almost ready to take them out & forget this entire project, it was so bad. After they had a chance to warm up & I worked the scratchiness out of the pots & bypass switches, things got a LOT better. I'm going to have to pull them & liberally apply De-Oxit to everything....I think that will clear things up considerably.

    I am REALLY liking the whole active route, a LOT. I highly recommend it.

    Special thanks to mbskeam on the Carver forum who is building me a custom pair of stainless steel cover plates to replace the original crossover plates on the back of my AL-IIIs. As far as I'm concerned this is going ABOVE & BEYOND what anyone could realistically ask for.

    So, here's what the entire mess looks like now; sorry about the crappy pictures:

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    I'm going to be looking for a way to pack this all away in a rack as it's getting a little TALL for the desk....that's my next project~

  9. Regarding the original post:

    The Japanese version of the DSOTM SACD is less prone to cracking at the center hole than the U.S. version; that is the ONLY difference & the reason for the price difference. Personally, I got the Japanese version of the SACD on amazon.com about a month ago for $3.00 (lucked out; someone didn't know what they had~). It sounds fantabulous.

    Also, I find that MOST multichannel SACDs sound much cleaner in the 5.1 mix as I believe they tend to compromise in the downmixing to 2 channel process.

    my $.02...

  10. Behringer stuff is made like crap; you couldn't GIVE me a Behringer unit.

    Now that we know how you feel, have you ever compared one to an Ashly?

    No--I've not had a Behringer unit in my home rig, but I've dealt with them in professional settings & they break at the slightest provocation & are quite noisy.

    I can say unequivicably though, that the Ashly is very impressive. Quality feel of the pots & switches & the sound quality is sublime....I can't detect ANY added noise to the line.

    Had a scare tonight; thought I had toasted one of my ribbons, but it turned out to just be a loose connection from the PS Audio speaker cables to the banana connector (unscrewed almost all the way).....whew!

    I'll be buying lower value fuses tomorrow~

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