Stereo Heart Break

MikeyFresh

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And here. I was not prepared for how small the Pi computers are.

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Pretty amazingly small, the damn Mean Well SMPS is just about as big as the "computer" is.

They literally fit in the palm of your hand, another reason I like 'em as a server too, very easy to hide along with a 2TB blade SSD, no heat, very little electricity, out of sight out of mind.

Not a whole lot bigger than a deck of playing cards.
 

S0und Dragon

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Pretty amazingly small, the damn Mean Well SMPS is just about as big as the "computer" is.

They literally fit in the palm of your hand, another reason I like 'em as a server too, very easy to hide along with a 2TB blade SSD, no heat, very little electricity, out of sight out of mind.

Not a whole lot bigger than a deck of playing cards.
A huge thanks for helping a fellow audio lover bud. It is very much appreciated.
 

MikeyFresh

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A huge thanks for helping a fellow audio lover bud. It is very much appreciated.
My pleasure man, just re-up that Qobuz subscription and you'll be in business whenever you want to get streaming, the mconnect HD app for iOS is really easy to get setup as the Control Point.

Me? I'm workin' the local library server tonight, my Australian import 2-CD copy of Live's Throwing Copper 25th Anniversary Edition came in the mail today, by way of freight forwarding through Auckland, New Zealand.

Not bad at all on the delivery date range estimate of May 5th - 25th, that Down Under parcel is now here, and your parcel took all of one whole day in the mail. Maybe things are finally getting back to normal in NY, or at least the "new normal".
 

JohnVF

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My pleasure man, just re-up that Qobuz subscription and you'll be in business whenever you want to get streaming, the mconnect HD app for iOS is really easy to get setup as the Control Point.

Me? I'm workin' the local library server tonight, my Australian import 2-CD copy of Live's Throwing Copper 25th Anniversary Edition came in the mail today, by way of freight forwarding through Auckland, New Zealand.

Not bad at all on the delivery date range estimate of May 5th - 25th, that Down Under parcel is now here, and your parcel took all of one whole day in the mail. Maybe things are finally getting back to normal in NY, or at least the "new normal".
I really like that mconnect HD app.
 

MikeyFresh

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I really like that mconnect HD app.
It's quite good, I'm glad to hear it's working well for you. They seem to have struck a very nice balance with features, uncluttered UI, and price.

No brainier for iOS users, and while Android does offer a few other good choices (most notably the superb BubbleUPnP), mconnect HD is great on Android too.
 

airdronian

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Yup, both Bubble and mConnect HD are worth the price of admission, IMO. Using mConnect on Android right now streaming some Barney Wilen to the Onkyo VC-GX30 on the back deck. Spring has returned, for now.
 

MikeyFresh

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@MikeyFresh what's the significance of the Australian version?
For some odd reason, and unlike the 25th Anniversary Edition of Live's 1st album Mental Jewelry, the only way to get the 2nd bonus disc CD consisting of their Woodstock '94 set was to buy the Super Deluxe Edition, which also included 2x vinyl LP, at significantly higher spend. I have no use for those LPs.

The only market in which a Throwing Copper 2-CD 25th Anniversary set was offered is Australia. I have absolutely no idea why that would be, but the package is marked as "Made in Australia for Australasia" by UMe Australia. That 2-CD set is simply unavailable in any other market.

Every other market only gets a choice of a single CD, or 2 CDs + 2 LPs in the Super Deluxe Package.

The part that hurts a bit is that I did look for this on the Qobuz and HDtracks download stores and only found the single remastered CD, though oddly there was a lossy download offered by both Spotify and Apple Music of that Woodstock '94 set. So I popped for the Australian version at a not insignificant $26.99 AUD + $16 AUD shipping, which after currency conversion and fees ran me about $37 USD.

Of course when the package arrived yesterday, I took another look out of curiosity, and sure enough the Qobuz download store now has that Woodstock '94 set, and the restored Throwing Copper, at $12.99 each. So I ended up paying $11 extra for the physical media, which isn't then end of the world considering this 2-disc set appears to be somewhat rare/collectible (until you take it out of the shrink wrap of course).

To make things even more confusing, this 2019 2-CD set is not to be confused with an original 1994 limited edition 2-CD set that was available only in Europe if memory serves, the 2nd disc there being an EP of album outtakes. Those outtakes (all good songs BTW) now appear on the 1st disc in the 2019 package.

Adding mystery to all of this is the complete absence of any 24-bit download, despite the fact this was a full analog recording. With my luck that will suddenly be available next week.

Its also possible the analog master tapes were lost in the infamous 2007 Universal Studios fire, in which case the stupendous sound I hear on this reissue is a tweaking of an existing digital master, and if those tapes had never left the vaults prior to the fire, it is possible that only a 16-bit master survives. It could also be that an analog tape safety master 2nd generation copy was used for this reissue, if the originals indeed burned in 2008.

TL : DR = buy the download from Qobuz, or just stream it instead, it sounds great and is not jacked with compression/plagued with peak limiting etc.
 

JohnVF

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Ya'll are taking me back. Live was extremely popular at the college of my then-girlfriend. The school was full of kind of a hybrid academic/philosopher/stoner/hippie types. And they all listened to Live and Rusted Root. My college listened to post-punk and we were all a bunch of sad goth kids.
 

MikeyFresh

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Ya'll are taking me back. Live was extremely popular at the college of my then-girlfriend. The school was full of kind of a hybrid academic/philosopher/stoner/hippie types. And they all listened to Live and Rusted Root. My college listened to post-punk and we were all a bunch of sad goth kids.
One reason I found Live to be interesting at that time was where they hail from. The Seattle grunge sound was all the rage at that point in time, along with certain others such as The Smashing Pumpkins who had emerged from the Chicago scene of the day.

Live was from the rust belt city of York, Pennsylvania, which always seemed a slightly improbable place from which a rock band to have made it big, right at the height of the Seattle scene's popularity. The song Shit Towne on Throwing Copper is about York, PA and paints it in a very unflattering light, and was roundly criticized by their Mayor at that time.

One last bit on this import reissue before we return to our regularly scheduled stereo heart break programming... I'd never before seen the Australian equivalent of a CD parental warning sticker until now, kind of a funny way of phrasing things:

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JohnVF

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One reason I found Live to be interesting at that time was where they hail from. The Seattle grunge sound was all the rage at that point in time, along with certain others such as The Smashing Pumpkins who had emerged from the Chicago scene of the day.

Live was from the rust belt city of York, Pennsylvania, which always seemed a slightly improbable place from which a rock band to have made it big, right at the height of the Seattle scene's popularity. The song Shit Towne on Throwing Copper is about York, PA and paints it in a very unflattering light, and was roundly criticized by their Mayor at that time.
Yes, this college was in Athens, Ohio.. an area not too dissimilar to York (which my dad took me to once a year for the National model train collectors association meet at the fairgrounds).
Unrelated random thing, the serialized podcast S-town (shit town) about a death (murder?) in Alabama is one of my favorite things from the last 5 years.
 

ArtK

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Yes, this college was in Athens, Ohio.. an area not too dissimilar to York (which my dad took me to once a year for the National model train collectors association meet at the fairgrounds).
Unrelated random thing, the serialized podcast S-town (shit town) about a death (murder?) in Alabama is one of my favorite things from the last 5 years.
My wife and I listened to that podcast on Sunday mornings until finished. It was really good!
 
Sounds like Ohio University or Hocking College (Meigs county, home of Meigs County Gold :grandpa: )and not too far from


Beautiful area!

One of my seniors was down to 3 schools (U Toledo, Kent State, and Ohio University) and wrote them all letters (the same letter, but with names changed saying he was deciding between the 3) asking for more money. OU gave him 2K a year as long as he maintains a 3.0(he will). Not bad just for asking and it made my week. He will be the first in his family to go to college and is most deserving of this. If I could do it all over, I would probably go to OU. Hip Hip Hippppies!
😁
(and one of my favorite recordings is Rusted Root 11-21-96 Ventura Theater:))

Papadosio is from Athens. From their album Microdosio.

 
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fiddlefye

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One reason I found Live to be interesting at that time was where they hail from. The Seattle grunge sound was all the rage at that point in time, along with certain others such as The Smashing Pumpkins who had emerged from the Chicago scene of the day.

Live was from the rust belt city of York, Pennsylvania, which always seemed a slightly improbable place from which a rock band to have made it big, right at the height of the Seattle scene's popularity. The song Shit Towne on Throwing Copper is about York, PA and paints it in a very unflattering light, and was roundly criticized by their Mayor at that time.

One last bit on this import reissue before we return to our regularly scheduled stereo heart break programming... I'd never before seen the Australian equivalent of a CD parental warning sticker until now, kind of a funny way of phrasing things:

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I have that one kicking around here, but haven't listened to it for quite awhile. Maybe time for a revisit. Seems to me my former step-daughter scratched it up a bit...
 

JohnVF

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Sounds like Ohio University or Hocking College (Meigs county, home of Meigs County Gold :grandpa: )and not too far from


Beautiful area!

One of my seniors was down to 3 schools (U Toledo, Kent State, and Ohio University) and wrote them all letters (the same letter, but with names changed saying he was deciding between the 3) asking for more money. OU gave him 2K a year as long as he maintains a 3.0(he will). Not bad just for asking and it made my week. He will be the first in his family to go to college and is most deserving of this. If I could do it all over, I would probably go to OU. Hip Hip Hippppies!
😁
(and one of my favorite recordings is Rusted Root 11-21-96 Ventura Theater:))

Papadosio is from Athens. From their album Microdosio.

I have a lot of fond memories of OU. My college girlfriend went there and I went back in my early thirties to visit a grad student I was dating. Those are the best kind of college memories, when you didn’t actually go to the school and just visited the ladies.
 

fiddlefye

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I have a lot of fond memories of OU. My college girlfriend went there and I went back in my early thirties to visit a grad student I was dating. Those are the best kind of college memories, when you didn’t actually go to the school and just visited the ladies.
It seems to me that when I was in uni I spent most of my time visiting with the ladies even at my own school.
 
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