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  1. Pat McGinty

    Anyone got any good advice for getting through mid-life

    Just me, spending work time 80/20 on task/off task balances out the opposing forces inside my head and actually increases productivity. Most of the time the 20% does little good aside from refreshing the worn out and trampled brain pathways. But just occasionally enough it spawns a real beauty...
  2. Pat McGinty

    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    Did stop dilly dallying around the yard with pooch Louie, down in the woods by the stream, and came in for a listening critical session today. There's a mossy spot shaped perfectly for dozing off. A place where the air smells like flowers and fairies come out at dusk. Yeah, soon enough buried...
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    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    Sorry....summer here in the north country is just like floating thru a dream. I've been playing a shamelessly imprudent amount of hookie. 😄 A fake is running and sounds great, but we've yet to actually pull the trigger on a build. Meagan needs to evaluate and sign off, but she's been fiddle...
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    Anyone got any good advice for getting through mid-life

    Completely agree. One critical area of understanding, absent from most people's thought processes, has to do with 'What it Means to be Human'. Ignorance seems to be the prevailing state. To that idea, here is the cornerstone work by the brilliant scientist and man of letters, Edward O...
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    Today's Blues playlist

    Joe Bonamassa showing signs of growth at Carnegie Hall:
  6. Pat McGinty

    Anyone got any good advice for getting through mid-life

    At age 52 a judge's gavel announced that my assets were forfeit. All of them. I really wasn't in the mood for a midlife crisis but there it was, right in my lap. The short story is that, marriage intact (remarkably), we set two normally contradictory priorities: to regain the financial...
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    Today's Rock/Hard Rock/Classic Rock Music

    Wow! Thanks!
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    Retiring CDs at my house.

    It's so nice to have a backup. Over the past few years two of my pals have lost their "man buildings" to fire. One by lightning strike, which is does happen regularly up here. I'll admit to worrying that, if Lord Murphy points at me next, the only thing that could not easily be replaced was...
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    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    Now we get to find out how these perform. 100x500x500W, so we oughta be able to do some damage. Haven't listened to the N-Core in a while, hope reality lives up to memory. Can't beat the selection of inputs, hope "autodetect" works as promised. It appears that you can input SPDIF to the...
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    Retiring CDs at my house.

    I've had exactly the same troubles with Tidal, the worst being a partial catalog of some of my favorite musicians' discographies. So, no, am not ready to dispense with my local library. On the contrary, have been buying HD versions of my favorites - which has really been quite pleasant.
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    Poway Symphony 2019-05-19 Beethoven! Beethoven!

    'couldn't get thru the 7th without a hankie....
  12. Pat McGinty

    Flower Pics

    Yeah, that's what our search pulled up. I spend a lot of time outdoors, watch the wildlife carefully, and have never seen one before. Hope it's a trend :)
  13. Pat McGinty

    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    That guy started with nothing, married his high school sweatheart and, apparently, had a knack for understanding risk. Funny as heck: seems that rig was his first descent stereo; he sat down for a first listen and was surprised by (what we used to call) the stereo effect - that phantom images...
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    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    There's nothing like a line array. If you're going all-out there really is no other path. I could write a term paper on the advantages, there are so many, but suffice it to say that the radiation pattern alone seals the deal. You do hafta throw some dough at it, though. Here's a 'pic-story'...
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    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    Here's the bottom octave enthusiast's solution for properly timed arrival, correct image placement - which IS important - and flat into the teens at stupid amplitudes with snappy rise and settle times. Each driver should be barely working, so nice dynamics. One 1KW plate will do the trick...
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    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    Yeah, as expected, the tech is accelerating. Audio is accustomed to a mature and stable tech so applecarts will fly. As more players enter the field it could get pretty wild. Remember PCs in the 80s? I faked the idea with Kites and two pair of Kingfisher and it was quite yummy.
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    the ancient urge to build a dual-woofer three-way

    We’ve been building modular systems like Kite/Predator and Black Bird/Kingfisher and liking it a lot. https://drive.google.com/open?id=14P5raPpj2lOaxGtVNNWoLEVv31XV1yyC But one guy recently picked a nit that there can be too many wires with the modular idea. He likes the point that a bookshelf...
  18. Pat McGinty

    Retiring CDs at my house.

    I imagine that different streamer apps handle favorites differently. I'm using Lightning, and it integrates the albums that I designate as favorites on Tidal with those that I set as favorite in the local library. When you look at the Favorites page they're all there without reference to...
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    Retiring CDs at my house.

    J River refers to everything that's in local storage as "library". I probably said "collection" before falling in with that manner of speech a few years ago when I RIPped it all to J River. The app that drives my streamer seamlessly integrates the two. You can build mixed queues and mixed...
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