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  1. Can you clarify a few things? Is your marantz in the spare bedroom? Is the modem/router in your living room the one given to you by your ISP? What's preventing your from running an ethernet cable from the modem/router in your LR directly to the ethernet port on the marantz?
  2. It is lesson in supply and demand. Money supply is through the roof competing for fewer goods limited by labor shortages and supply chain disruptions.
  3. I've discovered a lot of new music through Roon's features and interfaces - part of the "immersive experience" that @rplace mentions above. "Immersive experience" can quickly lead to an hour or two of exploring links and meta-data on artists, albums, reviews, building playlists etc. I've got it integrated with Qobuz which enhances the experience, but not mandatory. My turntable doesn't see much use anymore.
  4. Roon Core on your I5 Transporter talks to all Roon client apps (on your PC or tablet or phone) via TCP-IP. When the Roon Client app on your tablet or PC starts, it sends out a broadcast on the network to find the Roon Core running on your I5 Transporter. Does this answer your question?
  5. I believe Roon only needs to connect to the internet once a week or once a month to check licensing. You probably want it connected to the internet when identifying your local 5TB music collection too. I'm assuming Roon Core is installed on your sonic transporter and it can see both your 5TB music USB drive and your USB DAC? You do not need to have a Roon ready DAC to use Roon. What kind of DAC do you have? If your sonic transport can see your DAC then Roon Core should as well. You'll have to set it up in Roon Core and tell it what kind of DAC it is, sample rate, etc (Settings - Audio). Then you will have to tell Roon Core to scan your 5TB music library (Settings - Storage, also Settings - Library - Import Settings). This might take a while and you want to be connected to the internet. Roon will make a best-effort to identify everything in your local library which might be only 75% accurate if you listen to a lot of weird stuff. If so, you can manually edit metadata. Note - Roon doesn't move or touch any of your music files on your USB drive when you import them - it just scans the files, tries to identify them, and stores metadata on the local SSD of the sonic transporter. Yes, you can download the Roon client app to whatever PC, tablet or smartphone you want. As long as the Roon client is on the same network subnet (i.e. everything on your network has the same 192.168.1.x address range), then the client will find the Roon Core and Bob's your uncle. Roon makes a lot of sense once you start using it. Have fun and let me know if you get stuck. community.roonlabs.com is a great resource too.
  6. Obviously scam-proof then.
  7. Really? Why is that?
  8. I have La Scala 2s and compared the B&C DE120 tweeter on both the CT120 and dave's MAHL lenses running through the original crossover. These are dave's "slightly larger than the small-MAHL" lenses he makes for the LS2 motor board. My opinions: the MAHL lenses are a couple DB hotter on-axis; the MAHLs sound cleaner to me than the plastic CT120s; the MAHLs have better dispersion than the CT120's. I've been running the MAHLs now for over a year and sold the CT120 lenses.
  9. I don't disagree - we need more at-risk people (65+) taking the shot here in the US. The shot helps - probably a lot - but it's being sold as a cure-all. "If only everyone got vaccinated we could eradicate the virus" is false logic. This will never happen with covid just like it could never happen with the flu - it lives in animals, mutates, then reenters the human virome. And then you are forever on the annual vaccine booster plan $$$$. Or, as I mentioned earlier, Fauci is beginning to pivot now to a "tamiflu" like oral drug that can be onboarded as soon as somebody feels sick. Or, you can go the generic anti-inflammatory route (ivermectin) like they did with great success in some 3rd world countries, but Fauci will never go for that here. No money in it for Pfizer and Merck.
  10. pbphoto

    Home generators

    I invested in a natural gas Generac 20kw with a whole-house transfer switch about 4 years ago. It's kicked in a few times over the years - maybe the longest for about 12 hours. After the power goes out, it fires up and 20 seconds later, the power is back on again and I'm listening to my klipsch speakers 🙂 Pretty awesome. I also have a 2.5kw Honda portable gas generator that's about 21 years old now. It's saved out butts many times, sometimes for days at a time. You have to string extension cords around your house but you get good at it. You probably don't have natural gas on LI. Generac (and others) have propane options too. Storing two weeks of fuel (gas or propane) for a generator large enough to power a fridge and HVAC requires a lot of thought. The last option is a solar generator. It's a case with batteries that can be recharged from the wall or from solar panels, with an A/C inverter to plug stuff into. They've come a long way lately. Bluetti makes some nice stuff. Realistically, you could power your fridge and a few other things, but it would get expensive to power your HVAC. The major advantage is you don't need to store fuel. It's nice to have some options.
  11. Correct - It's a symptom reducer for the at-risk populations. Highly recommended for them.
  12. The idea that the unvaccinated are hurting others is false, sorry. The covid shot is a symptom reducer - it doesn't prevent you from carrying it, spreading it, or catching it.
  13. Thanks. I remember you saying over a year ago in another thread that, by doing simple math, we should be around 4+M deaths by now. Thankfully we are nowhere near that by anyone's count. If your friend has the data comparing mortality rates and ICU admissions for age 65-70+, with and without co-morbidities, and with and without the shot, for all of Texas (not just Houston), that would show how effective the shot has been for its intended cohorts. I think it would at least.
  14. Yes I've thought this for a while now too. [Deleated off topic]
  15. I do think the shots have helped their original intended cohorts - the olds and the fats - but not to the level you think. Wonder if they have any data on this? It would be hard to determine because so many things changed by the time the shots came out - the frail "dry-tinder" population had already been wiped out, covid was weakening, doctors were learning, medical treatments were improving... It's a good question.
  16. Risk from smallpox or polio = HUGE for all cohorts. risk from smallpox or polio vaccine = small. Risk from covid = depends on if your are old or fat. risk from covid shot = small but could be higher than the risk from the virus for your cohort. Everyone must do their own risk/reward analysis. Polio and smallpox have no animal reservoirs and can be eliminated from the planet by a vaccine. Covid has animal reservoirs and will never be eliminated from the planet no matter how many boosters you take.
  17. Even the CDC estimates that only about 1 in 4 cases are reported, so your 37M denominator gets 4x larger. And the numerator, "628K deaths with covid" can be debated as to why it's way too high.
  18. My preference is to make as many corrections as you can in the analog domain first via speaker positioning and pre-amp tone controls. Then look to corrections in the digital domain if needed - less is more IMHO. Unless of course you decide you want to go with digital crossovers and then there are tons of experts that can help you. Below, the red line is my LS2+sub uncorrected. Green is corrected. Measured from my listening position with psy smoothing.
  19. What kind of microphone do you use? Did you measure close to the speaker or close to your listening position? Did you apply any smoothing to the data? If you want to measure the speakers, position the mic within 1-2 meters and point it directly at the center of each speaker individually and play around with 1/6 or 1/12th or var and/or psy smoothing. If you want to measure the speakers in the room, then put it close to your listening position facing upwards at a ~45 degree angle and run some sweeps using var or psychoacoustic smoothing. If you have a umik-1 or similar calibrated mic, it should come with two calibration files - one for pointing directly at the speaker and one for pointing upwards.
  20. How far off axis does the problem start? Did this happen when you were running the CT125's ?
  21. I've been running a McIntosh MC-58 for several years now that I got used on ebay. It's a great sounding multi-channel amp with extreme flexibility that won't break the bank. It has 8 channels that you can optionally bridge together for double the power. I have channels 1&2 bridged to power the left channel, 3&4 power the right, 5&6 power the center, 7 powers the left surround and 8 powers the right surround. Each channel also has an input voltage selection dial that is very handy for impedance matching your pre-amp with super sensitive klipsch speakers.
  22. Cool. I looked long and hard at Anthem too. Great gear. If you do have analog sources that you want to keep analog, they took away this option in the MRX*40 series allowing this only on their AVM pre-amps. In other words, all sources are digitized in the MRX*40 series which, combined with ARC, may not be a bad thing. This may or may not be important to you but if it is, then maybe consider a used MRX1120 which still could disable digital conversion on analog sources (IIRC). If you are a Roon user, then it looks like Anthem is trying to certify the 40 series to be Roon-ready or Roon-tested.
  23. One other consideration is your primary use case. Will you be using this setup primarily for HT and/or multi-channel music and/or streaming? Or will you be using it primarily for 2-channel audio with analog sources (turntable or external DAC) and occasionally HT? If the former, then the MRX series is a great AVR - but maybe save some money by going with the 740 as mentioned above (it has pre-outs so you can add an external amp later if you want.) If you are the latter, then there might be some better options.
  24. The "Apollo 11" documentary from 2019 was awesome. I was one month old so I barely remember 😉. The film not only showed the astronauts and mission control, but scenes from the crowd watching the launch. RCA must have given everyone sun visors as a promo giveaway, and Krispy Kreme had a donut stand. Pretty cool.
  25. When you see a "Sale on socks" thread, you know you are on a forum full of old farts.
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