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  1. Wow. I’ve nowhere near CA, but have a newer zenith allegro that looks nowhere near as swanky as this one. Price seems a bit high but it sure looks like it’s in great condition. Good luck!
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    OTA DVR’s

    Thanks. Looks interesting. If I read correctly coax into the device, then Ethernet out to router, then since I have 2 (or more) TVs on the same network, I can watch recorded shows on either of them? I have rokus on each tv, sounds like just install the home run app on each of them? Looks like the 1TB is around 279, while the TiVo is 299, but multiple TVs would be a +.
  3. Looking for recommendations for a basic OTA dvr, as my DTVpal recently died. Never liked the guide on the Pal — looking for something ideally that has decent storage (at least 500GB but ideally 1TB), simple (plug in coax from antenna then hdmi out to AVR), and maybe 4 tuners. The Pal had 2 and was ok most of the time. Looks like TiVo with lifetime sub might be good option but wonder if others are out there. Suggestions appreciated.
  4. Marantz might be a good option, as the built-in DAC is pretty good IMO. I have the Marantz CD6007. I think the 6006 doesn't support FLAC, and for that reason I'd recommend the 6007. I have the majority of my CD collection ripped on my laptop to FLAC files (use exact audio copy), and it's pretty easy to copy those from your PC or laptop to a USB drive. The 6007 has a USB port in the front, and the navigation is pretty basic, but it works well (plug n play). I do see that the prices of the 6007 have skyrocketed. I purchased mine for (I think) $399 refurbished a number of months ago, and it looks like current prices are almost double that. For awhile, there were chip shortages on these due to a factory fire. Others can chime in on the NAS questions. I decided against that option because it seemed too complicated for my tastes and sometimes I just like to pop a CD in and hit play. Good luck.
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    SOLD

    Thanks for posting! I'm about 3 hours away, but as I was looking over the list can't imagine how I'd haul everything else (besides the KP-301's) in that auction away. 2 plasma TV's and that massive whiteboard. They probably would've done better separating those things out. Who knows, maybe it'll ultimately go cheap and be worth hauling the other stuff off. I did note the ad said KP-301, but the pictures clearly show KP-301 ii.
  6. Good luck. PrimaLuna 200, 300, or 400 all have HT bypass. I found my e-mail from Mark @ Rogue from Jan, 2021. At that time, the Cronus Magnum III or Sphinx could add HT bypass for an extra $150. Might be worth consideration as price-wise that'd be in the same category or less than the PL200. Rogue made in US and Primaluna China if that matters to you. Another consideration might be the Rogue Pharoah (tube pre-amp and SS amp) which comes standard with HT bypass. Specs here. Pharoah (just on the high side price wise from the PL200) would have way more power than your CW's would require.
  7. Few suggestions --- Have you considered offerings from Rogue -- either the Cronus Magnum or the Sphinx? I don't think they come standard with HT bypass, but when I was looking a year or so ago and considered HT bypass to be something I wanted, I emailed them and it was available as an option to add for like $100 or $200 more. I'd think either would pair well with the CW's. Or for a more pricey option, the McIntosh MA352 has a HT bypass. I realize this may start a tubes v.s. solid state debate, but you didn't specify in your post, only asking for the "perfect integrated". Such a thing may not exist. I'm assuming your post is asking for suggestions for an integrated to play 2-channel sources through the CW's, but with the bypass for an AVR since the CW's do double duty for HT? Also - as Fido mentioned, some of the PrimaLuna's also have HT bypass. Might be worth a look.
  8. Thanks, The Dude. I've thought about that. I believe it's a 2x4. I think if I cut the hole for the speaker, I can look up in there to see for sure. Plan B could be carefully taking off the baseboard and running it down underneath. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything in the planning stage.
  9. Hi -- Seemingly a basic question I'm struggling with. I recently scored some free in wall speakers and want to add these to the sides in my basement. One side of the room is no problem, as the wall backs to a utility area that has easy access. The other side is more problematic, but I have access to the ceiling joist opening from the utility area, but here's my question---If I open the area to put the in wall speaker in, what is the best way to run the wire. I know I can run it down, and then under the baseboards, but then I'd have to carefully take these off, and hopefully not re-paint afterwards. Going up the wall and then across the joists makes more sense, but it looks like there's a header at the top, so that appears to be a roadblock. How do people typically run this? Thanks!
  10. The Economist analyzed existing data and used it in generating a COVID risk calculator. Of course, this doesn't assess your risk of catching COVID, but assuming you were infected, it allows you to enter your age, and any other conditions and determine what the projected outcome might be (it also doesn't consider potential long term tissue damage from COVID). For instance, a 25 year old female with no preexisting conditions has a risk of hospitalization of 1%, and risk of death of .1%. By comparison, a 70 year old male with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and who is obese has a risk of hospitalization of 38.3% and risk of death is 6.7%. Here's the tool: https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/covid-pandemic-mortality-risk-estimator To the other point about vaccine records and school requirements, those vaccines (MMR etc) are, technologically speaking, widely different than the existing Covid vaccines. The other vaccines, which have been in use for many years and thus have years of use data, use a live, weakened virus. The technology in the AZ/J&J vaccines use a similar delivery method (weakened adenovirus) to deliver double stranded DNA, of which the goal is then the spike protein. So the new technology (DNA - spike protein) and the older more widely used delivery method. The Pfizer/Moderna vaccines use 2 new technologies - the delivery method (lipid nanoparticles) to deliver the mRNA (which also targets the spike protein). The point is comparing MMR vaccines to COVID vaccines is like comparing apples to oranges so to speak, aside from any debate about short and long term effects of either.
  11. Interesting if you look at the positive case data from that dashboard for Texas from May of 2021 and compare that to May of 2022: 5/5/2020 - 1.1K cases v.s. 5/5/2021 - 1.8K cases 5/11/2020 - 1K cases v.s. 5/11/2021 - 2.9K cases 5/20/2020 - 1.4K cases v.s. 5/18/2021 - 2.8K cases 5/25/2020 - 1.9K cases (same as 5/25/2021)
  12. Someone asked about COVID comorbidities, or conditions contributing to COVID deaths. The CDC publishes those data. As of 5/2/21, 1,548,610 conditions contributing to death were listed in addition to COVID (560,616). You can also view those data by age group, state, etc. For those curious, here's the list: Condition COVID-19 Deaths Influenza and pneumonia 257,022 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 49,659 Adult respiratory distress syndrome 58,537 Respiratory failure 210,769 Respiratory arrest 11,866 Other diseases of the respiratory system 23,427 Hypertensive diseases 110,763 Ischemic heart disease 61,327 Cardiac arrest 68,105 Cardiac arrhythmia 41,680 Heart failure 42,831 Cerebrovascular diseases 27,788 Other diseases of the circulatory system 35,720 Sepsis 53,604 Malignant neoplasms 26,525 Diabetes 89,748 Obesity 22,204 Alzheimer disease 20,411 Vascular and unspecified dementia 55,189 Renal failure 55,849 Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events 11,227 All other conditions and causes (residual) 214,359 COVID-19 560,616
  13. Similar to the U.S. chart, but a higher increase in confirmed cases. In the U.S., cases are roughly double what they were about a year ago (45,000/M now v.s. about 24,000/M a year ago), but testing has also increased.
  14. The original question was whether or not a wide range of differing expert or qualified opinions can contribute to the topics debatable around COVID (thinking broadly about this). Your response clarified that to mean only "top scientists" should be listened to and then you clarified that further (narrowly) to the CDC and WHO. It seems appropriate to include others with research and experience in virology, epidemiology, infectious diseases, evolutionary biology...should if they choose have a voice and as the original poster suggested, and participate in an honest debate about issues. We have nowhere near that. We have a handful of individuals who have constructed a series of narratives and anyone who disagrees or even questions that narrative is attacked and labeled as a nutjob. This further obscures the issues, contributes to vaccine skepticism, and distrust among the general population. As for the WHO, this is part of it as the narrative pushed is that the lab leak hypothesis (I'm talking about lab leak, not a lab created then purposefully released) can't possibly be true. Many scientists have said that while they don't have direct evidence, they believe that a lab leak could explain a great deal about this virus. It should be noted that there is also no direct evidence of other narratives being pushed (e.g. wet markets, pangolins). There are many reasons for the lab leak theory. The most recent credibility issue with the WHO is that when they investigated these sorts of things, they weren't allowed to investigate anything on their own, but rather got information directly from the Chinese government, which concluded that it wasn't a lab leak (nothing to see here, folks). The WHO said "good enough", and didn't question it. There's good reason for them to lie or mislead about this (gov't). See NPR generally. The truth is at this time, we don't really know the origin. Finally, many certainly have an economic interest in the lab leak hypothesis to not be true. Those who've financially relied on gain of function research for grant and other funding. Evidence of a lab leak would certainly call that into question (because we sure as hell don't want this to ever happen again), and many that are vocal against any possibility of a lab leak stand to suffer financially if gain of function research is called into question.
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