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  1. Good job, when you are satisfied with the sound the only thing left to do will be to make these things look more pretty I am certainly no expert here but several of my friends that make DIY speakers found it easier to fix bas back reflections (and I believe some mid-frequencies too) in the boxes by applying acoustic wool. I know this is entirely different type of construction and more easy to make (usually simple compression boxes). That is what make these speakers more appealing to DIY-ers. It is cheap and easy to make. Of course acoustic treatment will still be needed if aiming at maximum what the speakers can deliver, but at least it solves one part of the problem.
  2. It is not so difficult to try to rise the Heresies. Give it a try. I had my Infinities QB (which are similar to Heresies dimension wise) initially at 12 inches above the floor. They are supposed to be placed like that but I did not like how they sound. Then I made speaker stands in a way that hi frequency driver is at my ear level when I listen to music. Much better in terms of clarity and stereo separation. If I would do it again then I would make the stands a few inches lower but I guess it has to do with vertical dispersion of sound from ribbon tweeter as well as with the room acoustics.
  3. Very nice looking, with these bright colored grills.
  4. What about these apps, for example
  5. Do you use it? Sorry, just saw your post in What I got today thread, mods can erase this one.
  6. Neil Young's Harvest Remaster from original master tapes, sounds very nice to me.
  7. I know what you mean by going downhill. I am not planning on spining in lightning speed, breaks should do the trick. Since bike is equiped with flip-flop hub, it also has both brakes. But untill about 30 mph I should be able to spin. I found out that it is 46 front and 16 on the rear wheel. The second on the rear would be 18. That one should be enough for hills and single speed. And the frame is DeRosa . Last generation before todays modern steel frames. It can be adapted to geared bike with modern drivetrains.
  8. Well that advantage they are lighter also has to be put in the right context. For example, the one that I am looking for is a steel frame and weighs around 20-22 lbs. Compared with similar geared frames it is lighter. However, cheapest aluminum geared racing bikes these days are lighter than that for about 4 lbs. Less to go wrong - that I agree, it is the simplest form of bicycle. I am not into braking the bike with the strength of my legs, that is why brakes on fixie is a must for me. Slowing down with my legs - yes, within reasonable.
  9. Good to hear that part of the story. I guess that you were to much accustomed to coasting. Thanks.
  10. Thanks, and yes, the bike has plip-flop hub, just have to install the second chain ring on the other side of the hub. I rode it shortly around the bike shop. Have to admit it was a funny feeling, but as long as both efficient brakes are on it my fear is not that big. With bigger gear ratio I can not skid anyway, so having breaks is obligatory in my view. Going up on long hills is also no-no for me unless lowering gear ratio, as well as going steep downhill (but that is what breaks are for). Short hills can be attacked but not the long ones. If I put the freewheel in function than I loose the fixed transmission, and then the whole thing will be pointless. That certainly sounds in line with comments that fixed bikes are crippled, but still I can imagine it can be fun if learned how to ride it safely and without many hills. It reminds me on photographing with old manual film cameras. Have to manually adjust all settings before pressing the shutter, but it provide that certain feeling of closeness with the camera. However, I know when to haul my Nikon F2 and when to take my all automatic SLR. There's a tool for every assignment. I also can understand what Schu is saying and that is where my rational thinking clicks in.
  11. Thanks for all advice. I was also under the same impression. But I am not much into trends. If I were then I would get one 4-5 years ago. I am somewhat intrigued by all positive experiences from people that use fixed gear bikes regularly, not just try and let go. Among them there are experienced bikers and (former) competitors. I understand that some time trialists still use them for competing. The momentum gained when wheels are moving intrigues me. That is supposed to help also on mild inclines. I should say that I use my old 10-speed for occasional commute to work (about 10-12 miles in one direction). On my way home I have steady incline of about 7 miles so I have some strength in my legs. I do weekends recreational rides on my trek FX that is adjusted more for the road, having Continental slicks and riding clipless. Rides of 50-60 miles are not a problem but I am not going fast. For fixed I was not planing to use it on long distance or conquering mountain passes. Just attracted with nice steel compact racing frame and matching fork as well as the philosophy around them. May be just for gaining strength and having some fun. It has front and rear racing breaks so this is covered. I do not like to skid-brake even if it would not cost me new tires. It is around 300 bucks. With not so light wheels and big frame I would say it weights around 20-22 lbs. If going for a bike with gears I would not go under Shimano Tiagra or 105 set with lighter wheels and that puts me at least double price (even on discounts) comparing to that fixie.
  12. I have been using Okki Nokki cleaning machine. Local record store had one and offered cleaning services for their customers. Now its gone and will have to find another place. When entering into the world of records I bought a cheap cleaning kit containing isopropil alcohol but have cleaned just a few old scratched LPs with that.
  13. I have chance to buy a new fixed gear bike with very nice steel luged frame from 1980s. It is new old stock frame. Everything else on the bike is ordinary. It is assembled by local bike shop. I went through reviews and opinions on the net, Sheldon Brown site. I have tried this bike in nearby alley. Opinions are divided. Avid cyclists that ride geared machines are mostly against fixed gear unless used on a velodrom, for which they are made. But there are also those who are pro fixed gear and are using them regularly. I understand the difficulties of riding a fixed gear oi inclines abd fast downhils as well as driving in hevy city trafic. If any of the forum members have first hand opinions I would appreciate to read. Thanx.
  14. Dance dance dance by Steve Miller Band
  15. I like Duals, almost picked up 1019 a few years ago, but it was not in a good shape. As well as 701 and CS505 and CS7000 Golden One. Almost got that Golden but we could not agree on price, the owner asked too much.