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About ILI

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  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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    Geluwe, Belgium
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    Photography, movies, art history, literature
  • My System
    Klipsch Heresy I (1972)
    Klipsch RP160M
    Marantz MP5005
    TubeCube 7 | Tube upgrade: Sovtek 12AX7-LPS (longplates) and Sovtek EL84-M
    Pro-Ject Essential III - George Harrison special edition

    a Amazon Fire 7 for streaming (cable-connected to the switch)
    a brandless cd/dvd player (it also has usb-in and a cardreader)
    Spotify Family

    Sovtek 12AX7-LPS - This is an entirely new design from Sovtek and a great step up in sound quality. They have very large ribbed plates and great sound reproduction. I found them very smooth and well balanced in terms of bass, mids and treble response. The large plates make them more prone to microphonics and in combo amps, so they can be a problem if you like to run things wide open. It is still the best thing Sovtek has produced in a 12AX7, with very good gain and low noise. I would advise against using them in compact high-powered combo amps where they will be subjected to lots of vibration. One other note about the construction of these tubes is they have filaments that are almost completely encased in the plate structure. They often don't "light up" when working properly. This is not a problem, it's normal for the LPS.

    Sovtek EL84-M - A military-spec version of the standard Sovtek EL84 - the Sovtek EL84M's extended voltage tolerance - improved plate dissipation - and rugged construction make it equivalent to the RCA 7189. Chosen by Matchless for their designs - the EL84M also features higher transconductance - more power - and longer life than the less expensive EL84 - making it perfect for hi-end audio applications. However - many musician's prefer the regular EL84's warm distortion to the EL84M's tighter - cleaner tone. For all Hi-Fi users - the EL84M is definitely the tube of choice.

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  1. ILI

    More on.Corona Virus

    I believe I read here in this forum that vents are indeed very complex machines that need constant tweaking and care. If not, lungs may get damaged. People normally are not kept on vents longer than 3 to 4 days. With covid 19, it is often required for more than seven days. If so, it takes many weeks to recover from that.
  2. ILI

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    That may well be the case in the US: the news media are *owned* by one party or another and fabricate their own 'facts'. In Europe, there is a tradition of 'backroom politics': facts, contracts, trade deals are kept from the public, sometimes with a 'gag order' and it is up to the journalists to uncover the truth. We tend to call the press the fourth leg of democracy. Example: in 2018, the Belgian government decided to destroy a strategic stock of surgical masks, 24 million in total, 2 million of them coveted NP2, which were bought in 2009 after the mexican flu epidemic. For saving money, these strategic stocks were not replaced by new masks in 2018. The Belgian politicians were hiding this scandal from the public, of course, because they wanted to protect the responsible politicians. If it wasn't for the independent journalism, they would have succeeded. Politicians like to cash in big time, but when it comes to taking up responsibility, they like to point to the other guy...
  3. ILI

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    Accurate up to a point. They added 241 deaths from care centers, but another official used a number above 600 in the Flemish parliament (yes, we have many parliaments in Belgium), and for now it is unclear if those 400 have been added to the official number or not. Apparently, counting the dead and registering them in the correct way is a complex matter, these days. They hope to bring the correct numbers in a couple of days. It is my theory that the Flemish and Belgian government are trying to 'sweep the number of deaths in care centers' under the carpet for two reasons: 1) to avoid a panic among the relatives and the care workers and 2) to not be held responsible politically for the tragedy that is happening right now in the care centers, which is: the old people are not tested, not treated, not given the care they deserve, while the health care workers are not given the proper protection (masks etc) Belgium has chosen, not for the 'herd/group immunity', but simply to not take care of the most vulnerable group (the 80+ group, with a 15% death rate). The local government (Wouter Beke) blames the federal government, and vice versa. While the people are dying...
  4. ILI

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    These numbers are wrong. There is little or no testing in Belgium as we speak. We simply don't have the tests nor the capacity to test large numbers. Even people who have all the symptoms, but in a mild form, or not tested. The Belgium government made 12,000 test available for old people living in resting homes, but there are 70,000 people like that, and it is unclear if these tests will the used on the elderly or on the personnel looking after them. According to the Belgian official corona expert, Dr. Van Ranst, the only reliable number for Belgium is the number of patients diagnosed with covid 19 that are in Intensive Care. This is a graph showing those number up to April 6th (and you can see that the we have managed to flatten the curve):
  5. ILI

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    Nope, they can't be trusted.... Compare https://towardsdatascience.com/dont-believe-any-numbers-on-coronavirus-9c5d6a971bef The numbers are 10x higher than offical numbers We live in a disinformation society...
  6. ILI

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    If this is considered *too political* please say so, and I'll refrain. There have been quite a few posts here about China's numbers being kept low by the Communist Party. Some other authoritarian states are doing the same. This is probably accurate. Time will tell... or not. However, can we rely on the numbers of so-called free, open, democratic countries, of which the US is the role-model? I'd say: be careful with that. 1) The people of the US seem to be blinded by the media mis-reporting the facts and by false narrative (see quote above) 2) In my country, Belgium, the government only counted the dead in hospitals. We've reached +2000 now. But yesterday, it became clear that the numbers of the dead in 'resting homes for the elderly' were not included. There, almost 700 deads occurred. These numbers were hidden from the public (they say they weren't reported) and the caretakers were not provided with masks and safety clothing, no testing was done up to yesterday. The government was forced to publish these numbers, only after numerous accounts by caretakers of horrible situations (in some homes up to 40% of the population was covid-positive) were published in the press. Belgian politicians would have preferred to 'hide these numbers under the carpet'. (Note: the average price for staying in a home like that is €1900 per month). 3) My government meekly follows the instructions and the norms of the WHO, whose official standpoint is that wearing a mask is useless. The WHO has been criticized here in this forum, and I would love to learn more about the arguments for that, because here in Belgium, we are unaware of this, and independent journalists don't report on this.
  7. ILI

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    (There is a 8 hour time barrier between you and me, there were at least 8 new pages of messages in thread, when I woke.) President Trump advised on Chloroquine and two American seniors drank Chloroquinphosphate, which is an aquarium cleaning product, and soon died. Don't know if Trump is 'of note' in your book, but I thought it would be safe here to warn about experimenting with large quantities of (gin-)tonic. Two liters of tonic equals 1 tablet of quinine, btw. If you drink two liters of tonic, your heart rhythm may be seriously irregular. If you drinkt two liters of gin-tonic, you'll end up in ER or you'll die of that, rather than of covid19... ☠️
  8. https://forums.audioholics.com/forums/threads/burr-brown-dac-192khz-24-bit.73299/ They are comparable.
  9. I agree, but are you not locking in to Sonos proprietary only? Can you add a klipsch wireless for instance? Wikipedia: Sonos system creates a proprietary AES-encrypted peer-to-peer mesh network
  10. Good deal, new it is 399 euro!
  11. I've just ordered an Advance Acoustic wtx microstreamer for 135 euros. Wolfson MW7840 dac chip. https://advance-acoustic.com/en/multimedia-and-wireless/wifi-network-player/130-wtx-microstreamer Note it is not Roon compatible.
  12. What DAC chip is in the node 2i? I can't find it anywhere.
  13. ILI

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    Before I start my rant, read this: I have the greatest respect for old people, and especially those who fought in the Great War. Now, last Sunday, I visited my 81 year old mother who lives in a 'service flat' housing block, where elderly people live, who are still in good enough physicial condition to live on their own, with some degree of support (like nurses coming in the morning and evening to help them dress and administer medication). Belgium is in 'lockdown', so I hadn't seen my mother in 3 weeks. We went there to talk to her through the window, keeping a distance of several meters. I was shocked to see the scene at the entrance: SIX 80-plus inhabitants were sitting on a bench in the sun, chatting a way. It was very clear that the were breaching social distancing rules and they DIDN'T GIVE A F****! Oh yeah, they were laughing and friendly to us and the weather was sooooo nice! In these times, with the world in lockdown, millions of us losing their job, with unseen economic impact for so many years to come, and with my three children unable to go to school, these 'grandfathers and grandmothers' are either being completely stupid or they couldn't care less and are selfish bast******. On Monday, I made a phonecall to the town's responsible and I won't hesitate to call the police, if I have to.
  14. ILI

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    Quinine is in Schweppes. Now before we all start drinking large quantities of it because it *might* help fight covid-19, be warned: quinine is known to interact with other (live saving) medication. So please think twice! https://www.cardiosmart.org/Healthwise/d003/66/d00366 https://fever-tree.com/en_US/article/quinine-and-coronavirus Who should avoid quinine? If you’ve had a bad reaction to tonic water or quinine in the past, you should not try it again. You may also be advised against taking quinine or drinking tonic water if you: have an abnormal heart rhythm, especially a prolonged QT interval have low blood sugar (because quinine can cause your blood sugar to drop) are pregnant have kidney or liver disease are taking medications, such as blood thinners, antidepressants, antibiotics, antacids, and statins (these medications may not preclude you from taking quinine or drinking tonic water, but you should tell your doctor about these and any other medications you take if you’re prescribed quinine)
  15. ... time to upgrade your editing skills while sitting this through? Two years ago I migrated from Photoshop to Affinity Photo myself, which I'm currently enjoying a lot. Affinity is getting better all the time...
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