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  1. JeffS7444

    Vintage HT help please

    That's definitely become a bit "vintage" in the sense of no HDMI, no support for newer audio formats and no room correction. OTOH, it's got a number settings which you can adjust manually. Starting on page 41 of the manual, why not try "CENTER MID XXX dB" setting at say +3 dB (season to taste)...
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    Pics you’ve taken,

    Gunpla display at Don Quijote:
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    Pics you’ve taken,

    H-Mart building, Honolulu Hawaii.
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    Pics you’ve taken,

    Voggy (volcanic smoke + fog) Hawaiian sunset, January 2023.
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    Passive pre, what potentiometer to use

    Could be as simple as this: Have tried cheapo ganged pots which actually had pretty decent tracking. Can't say that I've ever noticed a sonic difference between something like this, Goldpoint step attenuators built...
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    The Case Against OLED

    I’m still waiting for display technology with sufficient dynamic range to replicate lighting from the deepest shadows to midday sun. But the USA has enough personal-injury lawsuits already.
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    Experiences can be packaged, sold, and consumed just like material goods. That isn’t an inherently bad thing per se, but I try to avoid thoughtless consumption. And that includes knowing when to switch off the endless playlist that is streaming media.
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    Vacuum Record Cleaners

    I used to own a Nitty Gritty, which probably was about the same as that RD-branded machine. Never noticed a performance difference between models, though more $ bought more convenience. My first thought would be to try alternative cleaning fluids.
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    Need to improve home theater dialog

    Did you remember to disable the target response default midrange dip via Audyssey app? I also found the receiver’s Dynamic Eq feature unhelpful, and ended up disabling it.
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    Refreshing movies worth watching

    The trailer for "Everything, Everywhere, All At Once" may reveal a bit too much, but nevertheless, there's no shortage of surprises.
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    Aiyima T8 valve amp, to grease or not to grease...?

    But as the name implies, that's a dielectric, not a conductive substance. I reserve that for spark plug boots on my car, in order to keep contaminants out, and keep the electrical energy from finding alternative paths to ground.
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    Modern Record Playback?

    Sounds like a great bunch of components, but do you really want to have 5K+ USD invested in a vinyl playback system in 2022?
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    Pentax launches a film camera project

    I guess they decided "Why not give film a try?". Because who knows how sustainable their digital camera operations are. The bare camera chassis shown looks like a circa 1985 Pentax P3/P30-series SLR, but the top cover and stubby wind lever shown briefly at the end are unfamiliar to me...
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    Is the entire audio industry a fraud?

    Imagine a world in which shoppers had a decent appreciation for science versus emotion (and I shall include ideology and rhetoric under the heading of "emotion"), and applied it to all aspects of their lives: I figure that they'd work less, spend less, a big chunk of the economy would collapse...
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    Is the entire audio industry a fraud?

    To some extent, yes, but it's really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg: In our consumerist marketplace, a certain amount of BS is tolerated, even encouraged, because it powers the economies of the world. And you need go no further than the shelves of a typical supermarket to see examples of...
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    Let's talk about food!

    Left: Eggplant and tofu stir-fry at a local Thai place. Not bad! Right: Lunch at a vegetarian Chinese place operated by a buddhist temple. There's no set menu, so you choose from whatever they've prepared that day. Tasty.
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    DIY audio, where to get started?

    The majority of DIY offerings tend to be passive box-type speakers and valve electronics. Why valves? They are generally very DIY-friendly and more forgiving of beginner mistakes. Whereas the modern, surface-mounted electronics which make up the bulk of ASR-recommended products were designed...
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    iPhone to Hifi system - Best device for my father

    I like Bluetooth, because it's the simplest, most universal wireless audio option around: It needs no network connectivity, no apps, and works with devices from many manufacturers.
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    Extreme Snake Oil

    I like the pragmatic Benchmark / Blue Jeans approach to selling high-end cables: They recognize that there comes a time to shut one's mouth, smile, and collect the money!
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    iPhone to Hifi system - Best device for my father

    Yes it would work, but it is expensive compared to a simple Bluetooth receiver such as this:
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