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YK Thom

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  1. We have a number of people using them up here, how it works I have no idea as we have very short daylight hours in the winter. It's mostly people living on houseboats and some cabins. Usually combined with a generator and a small wind genny.
  2. Between 60 and 70, and very occasionally 80.
  3. I'm very surprised to hear this. Have you checked these guys out? They may be able to repair it. https://reconingspeakers.com/products-page/klipsch-palladium-p-17b-7-woofer-1010100/
  4. As far as my personal experience is concerned, I think this is a good explanation. Back in November 2016 (time flies), I replaced my stand mounted RB 61 II front mains with a pair of Ohm Walsh Tall 2000s. Loved the 61s but they didn't fill out our room well off axis. Read a lot about the Ohms lengthy break in period in various places. To me they sounded pretty damn good right out of the box. You couldn't find two more different speaker designs if you tried. But...what they both had in common was a lot of detail and a clean neutrality many other speakers do not have. My mind found them similar - so much so that the Ohms work extremely well with my Klipsch centre. Did they sound better over time, perhaps, but so minimal I never noticed. My blended system will be working together until we retire and move to a different space. Cornwall or Forte IVs will be back on the must have priority list. Just my thoughts.
  5. I agree, partially an amount of break in, partially an amount of getting over what Stereophile writer Robert Schryer refers to as product habituation. Lifted from his recent article: "Has it ever crossed your mind that the reason you like your system more than your friend's or the store's is not because yours is better, even if you think it is, but because you're used to the sound of yours and not of theirs? Welcome to product habituation. Some people, including some audiophiles, believe that product habituation is what's really behind what some people refer to as product break-in. It's not a mechanical or electronic phenomenon, they contend, but a mental one. Assuming the sound of the new gear is of adequate quality, it's the listener that breaks in to the product, as the product's sound, which was initially strange, grows more familiar and, so, right. Those who believe in break-in view the process as a period during which a component's signal-carrying parts are "settling," the concomitant effect of which is a gradual improvement in sound quality, until whammy! Everything has seemingly, finally, coalesced into a relaxed, cohesive, enjoyable presentation. Except that's not what really happens, according to the habituation theory. That whammy? That wasn't the sound blossoming into a beautiful swan (song?), it was, rather, the moment your brain completely bought the illusion—an illusion that had been there all along. I'm a compromiser. I'll venture that both things are happening—that habituation accounts for about half the break-in story. While humans may be the most adaptive species on Earth, it's jarring when something new replaces something we're used to. It knocks us out of familiar territory, forcing us to question what we thought we knew and what this new, intrusive thing is all about. If the sound of the unfamiliar gear is fundamentally good—if there's nothing in it that's intrinsically objectionable—our brain adapts. It connects the new dots with the old ones, reorganizes the data, fills in the landscape. If it's very good, it will become a new frame of reference for us, another example of what audiophile sound can be. This audiophile sound may not be quite the same as the last audiophile sound, but in time it turns out just as valid." The best thing I have read on this phenomenon thus far.
  6. I'm not happy with their activism either - business should stay in their lane as far as I'm concerned. The reality however seems to be that your credit card or Paypal are the only widely accepted options at his point of time.
  7. Removed my post, misread and though you now had the IVs.
  8. Wow, things are inexpensive down there.
  9. Definitely one to consider, a Lenovo or a new Optiplex from Dell.
  10. Something along this line looks good, but I'd need WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities (which I have currently). I think we (my former employer and myself) bought the one I have in 2014. I used it for three years in the office and then had it cleaned and gifted to me. My old boss replaced all computers every three years and sent the old ones home with us afterwards.
  11. I took a look a look at my system specs Optiplex 7010 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3475S CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz 8.00 GB (7.89 GB usable) 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor I have no idea what generation this is, still works fine and has yet to give me any issues. I still think a new model next year is probably worth it.
  12. "It should be a free upgrade to Win 11 if your computer is a certain age or newer. " My computer does not support 11 - an age thing. I was referring to a new computer. The one I have has been very good - my first solid state drive. They make a difference.
  13. I don't know, I'm thinking the costs involved would make a new purchase the better choice. I'm sure the new sound cards and such are that much better than what I already have.
  14. "when they pull the plug on Win 10 I am out of luck. I think that is late 2024 so I have my window of time [ correction, October 2025]. " Thanks for the heads up on this. I figured the clock was ticking but hadn't heard a specific timeline. I'll most likely go with another Dell business class machine sometime in '23.
  15. It may be time, mine is of a similar vintage (Dell) and I'm having the same thoughts. Home computers tend to last longer than your machine at work but once you get past a decade... I note that your last Windows update was 10 in 2021. My system is using 10 and I recently discovered that it cannot be be upgraded to 11.
  16. Seems to be an appreciation for multichannel music - I haven't really heard it.
  17. There is some of that, however I know a good number of people switching back. Over time the novelty has worn off, weariness of a room full of speakers and not that many good movies anymore. I'm in that boat myself.
  18. Ideally for me anyway, would be the release of a three channel "stereo" amp. It could be called TV mode or something along those lines. I can live without the rear speakers very easily but value the centre when watching TV (and movies). Many of us watched TV with audio going through a two channel revievers for years before the advent of 5.1. Stereo was fine until I got hooked on having a centre. As more people drift from HT systems one would think a demand for a product like this would materialize.
  19. I agree. In a perfect world ( one with unlimited financial resources) we could have separate systems for differing purposes. For many of us, living space, and dual purposes demand solutions. There are a number of AVRs that sound great in two channel mode. I added mono blocks to my system and truth be told I hear a nickel's worth of difference. The blocks are now set aside for some unknown future use. My trusty old Marantz AVR gets the job done in a very enjoyable fashion in my space. Down the road who knows? I'll deal with that later.
  20. Looking forward to hearing this.
  21. Looks like Ft Myers is right in the direct path.
  22. Not only do my L/C/R not match, they are not even the same brand or design. Using Ohm Walsh Tall 2000 for L/R and a Klipsch RC62 II for a centre. They work together extremely well.
  23. My credit card and line of credit needs to be paid down and quickly. I'm working all the overtime I can get away with these days.
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