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  1. I keep 3. The primary copy is on a NAS device with mirrored hard disks. Then I have two rotating USB drives that backup the primary NAS copy - one at my house and a 2nd one offsite. I try to rotate them every couple of months.
  2. Experts have predicted 8 of the last 3 bear markets... 🙂
  3. 57 million views on YouTube from sullen preteens who don't spend any money on music unfortunately, and who's attention will be focused on the newest shiny sensation next year. "Royals" by Lorde (remember her?) has 794M views on youtube - how's she doing now? And she made music you could listen to IMHO. In fact I'm listening to her 2017 Melodrama album now. PS - haven't the Grammy's been rigged for a long time? Isn't that why everyone makes a corny Christmas album every year? They list everyone, including the janitor, at the studio as contributing on the album and then they get to vote? Or is this just one of those internet stories?
  4. Is she letting you turn the living room into a dedicated HT room? From your description it sounds like it will still be a living room too. That's a lot of speakers in a 13'x12' foot living room IMHO - not to mention projector, screen, furniture...
  5. Deliberate distortion on the track. Sounds much better on mute.
  6. Do they master it this way on purpose - to pump up her voice on headphones for example? She's got some top engineers on her albums but I always thought many of her tracks had a lot of ssss'ss and sshhh'sshhs. Certainly they can hear this?
  7. There is a lot of sibilance in that live recording. "Ssscchweeet Carolina..." It's not your gear.
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    Hey JimJimbo. Why?

    why did this scene just pop into my head 🙂
  9. Ouch- that sounds horrible. Something is wrong with your pressing.
  10. I played that track from Qobuz. It's early here so I can't really crank it up but it sounds great. I don't hear any distortion but the right channel has a funky-bass-finger-pluck thing going on. I wonder if it is bouncing your cart around - i.e. a hot groove. Sounds great BTW - not too familiar with their music. edit: Qobuz has the remastered hi-res version from 2012, so the other possibility is that any distortion in your version was fixed in the Qobuz version.
  11. That would work with the normal L/R channels but I don't think that would work with the LFE channel found in movies.
  12. Yes I see what you mean. It looks like you can set, under speaker config, the mains to large and subwoofer to none. I'm assuming, since it forces you to have the mains set to large when subwoofer is set to none, that it will send the LFE channel to the mains but I don't know for sure. I thought Yamaha AVR manuals were confusing.
  13. Your Denon AVR should have a configuration setting that tells it to send all the LFE sounds to the front L/R speaker pre-outs. Basically you are telling the AVR that there is no subwoofer and your front L/R speakers are "large" to handle full-range sounds plus the LFE channel. Then you can slice-n-dice it however you want using your digital crossover.
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    I would use a y-RCA to break out the single sub-out from the MA252 to use both the L+R inputs on the sub. I'm sure using just the left would work but many subs, including yours, double the gain by using both the L+R inputs. Here's the section from your sub's manual: 1. Low-Level Inputs (Left/Right) RCA style jacks that will accept standard line level inputs from a pre-amp level source. They will accept a stereo signal and inter- nally combine it into mono. (Note: Both left and right input jacks must be connected to the source in order to drive the amplifier to full output).
  15. I'm not aware of any PC with native analog-to-digital conversion capabilities. I think you need an ADC box or sound card of some sort.
  16. Yes, for about $30 you can get a Behringer UCA202, UFO202, or UCA222 that takes line-level (or phono-level in the case of the UFO202), digitizes it 48/16, and sends it out over USB (or optical UCA202 /UCA222). MACOS running Audacity sees this input stream and you are golden.
  17. I've been using a Bunn VP17 for almost 10 years now. It can brew a 64 oz pot through a commercial sized 12 cup basket of grounds in about 4 minutes, keeping the water hitting the grounds around 195-200 degrees the whole brew cycle. It's easy to work on and maintain - kind of like the La Scala of coffee makers. I even upgraded to the heavier duty Bunn tea thermostat that keeps the water inside the tank at a balmy 206 degrees. Combine this system with a nice burr grinder and you have something delicious to look forward to every morning.
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    Which Klipsch DAC are you referring to?
  19. I can understand this. There are certainly huge benefits to taking your analog signal (from your nice Chord day or even TT), converting it back to digital, and applying DSP, convolution filters, active crossovers etc, before converting it back to analog again before it hits your ears. Do the benefits outweigh the downsides (cables, amps, cost, complexity...)? Probably. But for me, there is something strangely comforting about keeping my 2-channel music all-analog from my DAC (or TT) to my ears. (I've messed with filters in my streaming software before it gets to my DAC, but that's another thread.). Back to your original question, I would lean towards something from the new heritage series.
  20. I like your idea of a powered wireless speaker like the sixes but smaller. Maybe the R-41PM? Stream your music via bluetooth. most TVs can also stream to bluetooth speakers. wife can play music from her phone... you would have to get power to them though which may not be easy since you area already wired for traditional speakers.
  21. It depends on how into 2-channel you are versus home-theater, and do you want room EQ to apply to your 2-channel also (i.e. do you want your 2-channel digitized)? I'm not huge into HT - I'm mostly 2-channel - but I need to share the same speakers. HT technology changes weekly whereas 2-channel doesn't. In the end, I decided to go with the cheapest AVR from a major manufacturer with pre-outs that met my needs (actually a free 8-year old Yamaha AVR from my brother) and a high quality 2-channel pre-amp (McIntosh C-48) with home-theater bypass. Both are feeding the same amp and speakers. Just another option for you to consider.
  22. I have the DSD download of this album from NativeDSD and it does not have that 2 second skip. They should send you a new file.
  23. I've been using Bob's CT120's as a drop-in replacement for the K77's on my otherwise stock Lascala II's. They sound fantastic and have a nice even coverage pattern. On-axis response at one meter is about 1-3db hotter than the K77 from about 8Khz and up, which translates into less roll-off and extended highs at my listening position. I never disliked the K77s but the CT120s have a little extra sparkle starting right at the frequencies where middle-aged ears start to roll-off. I think this is why they are so popular with the old farts on this forum. K77=red, CT120=blue
  24. For home theater, I had a Yamaha AVR for about 18 years and just replaced it with an 8-year old Yamaha AVR hand-me-down from my brother. (I do not use the amp sections on them.) I'm not huge into HT so my philosophy has been to get a decent Yamaha AVR with the features I need and pre-outs to feed my amp. No complaints at all with Yamaha AVRs. In general, HT technology changes so fast it is good to stick with a large player in this market with the resources to stay on top of it, rather than be an extension of the QA department for a boutique company.
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