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Buying PC parts from EU (Romania) Store. To: USA. Could you guys provide any advice on: VAT/Fees/Shipping & do I use Paypal w/CC or just CC? Aug 17, 2018

    1. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Buying PC parts from EU (Romania) Store. To: USA. Could you guys provide any advice on: VAT/Fees/Shipping & do I use Paypal w/CC or just CC?
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      2. bengo
        bengo
        You shouldn't be charged VAT if shipping to USA.
        Aug 19, 2018
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    2. A1Gear
      A1Gear
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        So far I haven’t felt any hurt on this side of the pacific but I have noticed that the government has made it more difficult to get USD and to exchange it. The good news is that the exchange rate has been slowly rising in my favor.
        Aug 14, 2018
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    3. ergopower
      ergopower
      Another vote for Rythmik. I had an older Hsu that was just OK. Good output, but a bit indistinct, sometimes hard to tell whether a bass guitar was electric or acoustic, that kind of thing. Recently got a Rythmik L22, a dual 12" sealed from their lower-tier line. Huge improvement, much cleaner with music but can also do movie stuff really well.
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    4. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Looking for a Subwoofer for a small (880ft^3) room w/ a 5.1ch (Gaming/HT/Music) setup. Anyone has experience w/ good sealed/dual Sub brands?
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      2. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        test cant seem to reply, i'll just pm you what i wrote
        Jun 9, 2018
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      3. pedalhead
        pedalhead
        Picked up the JL E110 today, and yes the crossover is great. I spent some time trying to do it manually. Got it to "OK" level, then gave the built-in Linkwitz-Riley xover a go and immediately it was more natural & seamless. Xover set pretty low at around 50hz so far as my speakers are really nice and I don't want to lose their tonality. More setup work still to do, but for now it's nicely listenable.
        Jun 9, 2018
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      4. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Try lifting it off the floor for shits and giggles, so much easier to dial in that way :)
        Jun 9, 2018
    5. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Acer X27 & Asus PG27UQ LCD's are finally out for $2K. Best to disregard the hype & await thorough reviews by: TFT-Central, PCPer, AnandTech.
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      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        re: Smyth - here's your tutorial on how to turn a really neat idea into vaporware. waiting for the IP to be sold to heavenly for pennies on the dollar, then, SMIETH B17 REELLISER on aliexpress in 18 months for $139.96 plus $249 ship
        Jun 5, 2018
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Realiser was 900 to early backers. Current 1500-4K price is stupid. Monitors: prices will plummet. This time next year I expect $600-700 sales prices.
        Jun 5, 2018
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      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        BEST SETUP SETTINGS:

        Color Depth: Irrelevant for PC's.
        But avoid: Chroma Subsampling.

        DisplayPort [v1.4] Bandwidth limit (w/ G-Sync Enabled) is:
        Config #1: 4K—120Hz—HDR—RGB(4:4:4)—8bit
        Config #2: 4K—98Hz—HDR—RGB(4:4:4)—10bit
        Config #3: 4K—120Hz—HDR—4:2:2—10bit

        HDMI [v2.0b] Bandwidth limit (for XB1X, PS4Pro, BluRay/Media Player) is:
        Config #1: 1440p—120Hz—HDR—RGB(4:4:4)—10bit
        Config #2: 4K—60Hz—HDR—RGB(4:4:4)—10bit
        Jul 8, 2018
    6. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      GG Newegg, snitching away all of your user's personal info to US/ConT's gov! Class Action Lawsuit to save [redacted] from paying Back-Taxes!
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      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        @Elnrik it's royally fucked up my taxes this year tracking all the retailers down who didn't tell me what I spent.
        Mar 19, 2018
      3. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        I bet. Happened to me last year. I keep all receipts now for reference. Pain having to total it all at the end of the year.
        Mar 19, 2018
      4. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Am I reading this right- *individuals* have to track and report online purchases for tax reasons? (I'm not American so all this stuff seems unnecessarily complex to me)
        Mar 19, 2018
    7. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      YouTube has finally forced their (imho) slow & atrocious "Material Design" down our throats by removing the "Restore Classic YT" option. ...
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        For Firefox Browser:
        Same exact steps apply, except for the top-section is "Storage" itself, as there is no "Application" root-dir.
        ____________________

        And then you can install & fully-utilize your fave Extension/Addon (my fave one that I currently use in Chrome & Firefox is: "Magic Actions for YouTube", though there are many others) to fully-Customize the Old/Classic YouTube layout, color scheme & settings, etc.
        Mar 13, 2018
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Thank you @A1Gear.

        I was going to see how to apply all that in Pale Moon (I still get classic in Firefox, the days of which are numbered) then I saw that ThisOldTony has posted a new video...
        Mar 13, 2018
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      5. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        First of all, no one forces you to watch YT..
        Mar 13, 2018
    8. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Apparently if I'm an Amazon Prime member & I get their "Prime Rewards" Visa... I can now get 5% back at all Whole Foods Market stores, neat!
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Likewise, although, it does make me wonder what's the catch (besides the $100 annual Prime fee) w/ this Visa+Prime scheme.
        The best thing is that there are no annual limits/ceilings w/ how much stuff you can buy (on either storefront) to get 5% back, unlike w/ a Discover card.
        We actually do most of our grocery shopping at Whole Foods as well, so the 5% comes back to about $700 in savings, for my family, annually.
        Feb 20, 2018
      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Family were thinking of getting an annual membership for $29 w/ BedBathBeyond, as we shop there quite often; especially w/ their 20%-Off of the <entire> storefront & online purchases. But mainly cause they have unlimited Returns and/or Upgrades policy... we just swapped to a (newer) Miele Vacuum, a badass new Breville Oven, Toaster & electric Kettle, got between 2-4 years of use out of old appliances... all for free.
        Feb 20, 2018
      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        And if you reside in USA... Costco got some killer gems/deals as well, let alone, simply utilizing their $10 to $12 per Color: Ink Cartridge Re-Fills/Re-chipping Service (since we do a TON of Printing)... that's like $45 to Re-fill all Colors for our HP Printer; since it'd cost like $165 (on Amazon, at their lowest prices) normally.
        So like $120 of savings, every couple of months, on inks, is always welcomed.
        Feb 20, 2018
    9. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      SpaceX seriously just put a freaking Tesla Roadster on a booster rocket & then successfully launched it on a trajectory towards Mars' orbit!
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        But miraculously only like 2 people got hurt... The homeowner & her neighbors smelled the natural gas odor & went outside... just prior, (like literally seconds) right before the fire & detonation.

        That explosion sent a huge shock-wave that felt like a fucking Nuke went off!
        It almost shuttered our windows, and scared the fuck out of the whole neighborhood as my family thought it was either an earthquake or WW3...
        Feb 7, 2018
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        So, I can only imagine how bad it would be to live anywhere close to where the NASA & SpaceX conduct their freaking Shuttle/Rocket launches & lift-off tests; I'm guessing, on the weekly/monthly basis.

        It would probably be as bad as living next to a busy Metro Train Station, or worse... right between two different Time-Zones!

        BTW, @DigMe, I'm just genuinely curious: Do they ever conduct any Night-time launches?
        Feb 7, 2018
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      4. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I grew up in Orlando and I still love the sound of a sonic boom. Whenever the orbiter came in for a landing I couldn't wait for the boom! It is just a part of life living near the Cape.
        Feb 10, 2018
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    10. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Ordered an Yggdrasil A2, both (Quad+Single) types of: Octal LISST's & 6SN7 Tung-Sol's [NP] and 2 Metal Remotes... now that Schiit stocks 'em all.
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Will have some fun testing out my ol' rusty ears, to see if I can actually spot all of the differences between my original, warmed-up and burned-in Yggdrasil... to this new one w/ the Analog2 boards.

        And, since the Octal LISST's are out, I can (finally) compare between Toobz & Tubes, once and for all... without going down the Ebay/Boutique-shops rabbit-hole!

        Good on Schiit for finally releasing the best of both worlds.
        Feb 5, 2018
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    11. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Looking for a Stereo Soundbar, for a family member; she is hard of hearing, so wants great Vocal/Dialogue clarity, Loudness & simplicity...
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Pretty sure they'll all have remote-training capability these days. I recently bought a Polk Magni-fi to replace a dead 10-yr-old Boston; the Polk has 'voice-enhancement' buttons that presumably boost the midrange (never tried it). Used both with my TV remote. Thought the Boston, with its bigger drivers, sounded better - that might be the thing to look at rather than the brand.
        Jan 22, 2018
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        @Biodegraded Going off your suggestions of bigger woofers = better/clearer (overall) Sound... I realized that I can go about tackling this setup w/ an entirely different path... I still have some old/unused full-range Klipsch Towers w/ 5.25" woofers & a matching Center, along w/ an older Powered Receiver, which should give me all the Control+Amplification that I'd need...
        Jan 22, 2018
      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        ...I'll then use the (3.0ch) Receiver's setup: to cut-off the Lows by trimming the Low-end & running them w/out a Sub & boosting the Mids-to-Highs for: Vocal/Dialogue clarity.
        Gonna also use an old Nightstand to place the HDTV up on top & an old Panamax voltage regulator w/ an XB1/WDLive Players for her Media Playback w/ DirectTV box for all her DVR/Channels.
        My grandma will, hopefully, be very happy; thank you! :D
        Jan 22, 2018
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    12. Taverius
      Taverius
      My i7 gaming pc doesn't seem impacted so far. AMD and virtualized environments seem the most affected, I've yet to see gaming benchmarks that slow variations outside margin of error.
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      2. Grahad2
        Grahad2
        That's because your BIOS is not updated. The kernel patches you get from Windows is useless without the BIOS updates.

        AMD is less affected than Intel after that, especially since Meltdown patches have higher perf penalties.
        Jan 22, 2018
    13. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Have anyone experienced any weird PC Shutdowns or noticeable Slowdowns after your Win10 Update, to fix that Intel Kernel VRAM vulnerability?
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Feel kind of like a pick your poison thing as Intel has the issue at hand more so than AMD but then I hear about a lot of bugginess with the Ryzen stuff. I'm thinking I'll prob go Ryzen though. Tough b/c I've been an Intel guy forever.
        Jan 30, 2018
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Yeah, my bad! I always get confused and mix MS & Intel up!

        But whichever the Operating Systems (OS-level Updates) and whichever the Motherboard brands (BIOS/Firmware/MicroCode/UEFI-level Updates) you own.... are not directly, nor much-at-all, at fault here.
        They're just a conduit, of sorts, for relaying whatever Buggy & hastily-put-together Patches, those Intel/AMD deepshits, throw out at us, regular Consumer folks.
        Jan 30, 2018
      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        @DigMe You're thankfully in-luck, man, as you still got a choice!

        So, just wait a bit longer for the upcoming 2018/19 line of Next-Gen CPU's from AMD or Intel... that will have: Silicon-based fixes, already implemented, at the chip-architectural level, from the get-go.

        But since I recently already bought and am kinda now stuck w/ an Intel Skylake-X HEDT chip... I'm totally fucked & shit outa luck LOL! So yep. =\
        Jan 30, 2018
    14. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      CD-Baby removed the FLAC Option from their entire Digital Catalog, as well as from all of our prior purchases... (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻ *Flips table*
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      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        If they're taking away goods that you effectively already paid for, you should probably be able to fuck their shit up, given sufficient determination and energy.
        Jan 21, 2018
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Jan 21, 2018
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        WTF? At least I had already downloaded my music from them in the formats I wanted. Granted, if Bandcamp pulled the same thing, it would really upset me.
        Jan 21, 2018
    15. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      ● Send Yggdrasil for all 6 Upgrades/Updates. ● Get Freya+Saga LISST Toobz. ● Get Raggy V2 [Tubey-type]. ● Get Vidar V2 [25W Class-A Speaker Amp].
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Jan 17, 2018
      3. spwath
        spwath
        Whats this about vidar v2?
        Jan 17, 2018
      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        I'm not exactly sure yet, since Jason only hinted/teased us just recently w/ it...
        Quote: "Sure, there may be a place in the line for another amp (eventually—what about a 25W class A amp in a Vidar chassis that does 200W into 4 Ohms mono, just throwing that out there…), and sure, one of the products may need an Update" — Mr. Stoddard"
        Me & @cskippy discussed it in further detail on his latest Profile Feed, see there.
        Jan 17, 2018
    16. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      CES'18: "Big Format Gaming Displays" by NVIDIA (will have several sizes from: ACER, ASUS, HP) (Release: 2018) Article: https://goo.gl/S11YGP
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Also, as far as I'm aware: there are NO commercially-available 1080p or 4K Televisions (VA, OLED, IPS or otherwise) of any size... that can accept anything higher than a 60Hz <Input> Connection (as screen/processing refresh rates are irrelevant if the Input side is hardware-locked at max of 60Hz).
        Jan 9, 2018
      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        It seems like this BFGD panel would truly be the first of its kind; so long as it's not too exorbitantly expensive, I'll definitely be interested in its upcoming release & especially looking forward to seeing how it'll be reviewed by: DigitalFoundry, Battle(non)sense, JayzTwoCents, PC Perspective & others.
        Jan 9, 2018
      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        As long as that Smyth Realiser A16 box (for Headphone Gaming w/ proper 360° Positional Audio) WON'T be a complete & utter fucking failure of over-promised & under-delivered expectations w/ a load of buggy software plus a steaming pile of hardware mess... combining it w/ 50-65" BFGD 4K Gaming TV... along w/ either Acer X27 or Asus PG27UQ PC Monitor (for best/fastest performing Visuals)... would be my dream come true!
        Jan 9, 2018
    17. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Checked up on Smyth Realiser A16 (KS)... So far it's been delayed by 7 months & still nowhere near to being ready; costs $800 MORE now. ~__~
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    18. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Jason Stoddard put up a greatly intriguing final Chapter of 2017 on his Blog at Ad-Fi: https://goo.gl/xVdUF2 Future product teasers aplenty!
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      3. WNovizar
        WNovizar
        Hopefully there will be Loki Maxi. That way I can finally have Schiit Gumfreya -> Loki Maxi > Mjolnir stacks (asssuming it will be fullsized)
        Dec 22, 2017
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      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Oh a Gumbreya! So the hardwiring triumph (and dark photo deciphering) was a success?! I am quite jelly! :O
        Though, I'm way too terrified to attempt any wire-soldering—let alone: insta-voiding the Schiit Warranty—to go ahead w/ any of "that". But maybe one day. =]
        Dec 22, 2017
      5. WNovizar
        WNovizar
        ah no, you misunderstood. I don't have Gumbreya, but I do know how to hardwire it to become one. I am still hesitating since I don't have speakers right now.
        Dec 23, 2017
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    19. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Too much stress in my life. Might be time to get a puppy (fam allergic to cats, welp). Anybody knows of any "family & kid-friendly" breeds?
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Thank you fellas for all the advice!
        I definitely need to start looking around my local shelters & find some humane dog breeders/vets.

        But mostly it's not just to have a less-boring & happier family atmosphere, in the house... it's also so that I can actually get my dumb lazy ass off the comfy chair & get a much needed exercise & cardio in the dog-park/backyard & also to get some good, fresh, winter air as well! :D
        Nov 21, 2017
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!

        1) Finally finish-up the damn ManCave/House remodeling work inb4 the Winter starts!

        2) Build a new Gaming/Media PC, since I got almost all the parts bought, before New Year's.

        3) Find a great Puppy/Dog to adopt & spend time on.

        4) Enjoy the upcoming 2018 all the way up until Summer & only then: I MUST DUMP ALL MY SAVED UP CASH on Aficionado or Raggy V2 w/ LISST Tubes & the Remote!

        5) ???
        Nov 21, 2017
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        6) Profit!
        Nov 21, 2017
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    20. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      @spwath, Do you know what's the best X299 Mobo that's worth a buy for a newbie PC builder? Is Asus R6E still a buggy mess? Out of Stock too.
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Anyways, I'll report back on the build-progress once all the Parts are on hand.

        Still need to look into that Liquid Metal Thermal compound, I've been advised on.

        Oh shit & a bunch of Drivers & Software/Hardware Test-Utilities as well... But that's, for sure, a Question for another time/week!
        Nov 17, 2017
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      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Good luck!
        Nov 17, 2017
      4. Mdkaler
        Mdkaler
        Man this has become a pretty long thread haha.
        Some tests show Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut performs better than others.

        Good luck and have fun!
        Nov 17, 2017
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    Location:
    Under a Rock
    ① GAMING PC (SETUP)

    PRIMARY PARTS LIST
    ● Intel Core i9-9920X (12C/24T) (4.5GHz) (Skylake-X) CPU
    ● Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme (X299) (LGA-2066) MOBO
    ● EVGA GTX 1080 Ti KINGPIN (2025MHz) (11GB GDDR5X) GPU
    ● EVGA GTX 1080 Ti KINGPIN (2025MHz) (11GB GDDR5X) (SLI x2)
    ● Corsair 32GB Dom. Plat. (SE) Torque (DDR4-3200) (4x8GB) RAM
    ● Intel Optane 900P (480GB) (PCIe x4) (3D XPoint) (Primary/OS) SSD
    ● Samsung 850 PRO (1TB) (SATA-III) (Games/Media/Backups) SSD
    ● HGST DeskStar (16TB) (SATA-III) (4x 4TB) (Storage/Backups) HDD
    ● Corsair AX1600i (80 PLUS Ti) (All Primary Components) (1600W) PSU
    ● Corsair AX1500i (80 PLUS Ti) (18 Fans, 2 Pumps, 6 SATA Drives) PSU
    ● Lynx E44 (2x Stereo: AES3 & Coax S/PDIF) PCI-E Audio CARD
    ● LG 12X SuperMulti (Blu-Ray & DVD) Reader/Burner DRIVE

    ● Noctua NF-A14 (iPPC-3000) (PWM) (140mm) (x12) FAN
    ● Noctua NF-F12 (iPPC-3000) (PWM) (120mm) (x6) FAN
    ● CaseLabs MAGNUM (STH10) Custom-Built CHASSIS
    ● Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit) OS

    CPU LIQUID-COOLING LOOP
    1. Water-Block (CPU) (1x): "EK-Supremacy EVO - Full Nickel"
    2. Radiator (45mm Thick) (1x): "EK-CoolStream CE 560 (Quad, 140mm)"
    3. Fans (140mm) (12x): "Noctua NF-A14 iPPC-3000 PWM"
    4. Fans (120mm) (6x): "Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-3000 PWM"
    5. Pumps (PWM) (3x): "PrimoChill Enhanced PWM (Laing) D5 Pump" (Backup) (2x Pumps, used in Serial w/ Dual D5 Pump-Top Volute)
    6. Pump-Volute (1x): "EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 Serial" (Dual-Pump-Slot, Mounted at Case's Mid-Bottom w/ Rubber Clips/Plates)
    7. Cylindrical Reservoir (1x): "EK-RES X4 250 (R2.0)" (Borosilicate Glass Tube, Height: 250mm, Capacity: 850mL, w/ White LED Strip)
    8. Fittings/Tubing (???x): "Bitspower Silver-Shining Fittings (100% Fully-Modular Metal Loop)" (Core: Brass, Top-Layer: Nickel, Finish: Shiny-Silver) (Fittings: ???)
    9. Ball-Valve (Fill & Drain) Systems (???x): "Bitspower" (Fittings: ???)
    10. Temp Sensors (???x): "Bitspower" (Fittings: ???)
    11. Coolant Pre-Mix (4x): "PrimoChill Vue (UV Sky-Blue SX) Pre-Mix (32oz)"
    12. PWM Fan Hub/Splitter (5x): "SilverStone PWM Fan Hub/Splitter (CPF04)" (Controlled via: Asus Mobo BIOS & SpeedFan)
    13. Thermal Paste: "Arctic Silver 5 (Poly-Synthetic Silver)"

    USB PERIPHERALS & EXTRAS
    Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum (PMW3366) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED (PMW3366) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Razer Mamba Chroma (16K DPI 5G Laser) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Logitech MX Master (Darkfield Laser) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Logitech G PRO Gaming (PMW3366) (Wired) Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Core (Wired) Mouse

    ———————————————————————————————
    ● Logitech G PRO Mechanical (Romer-G) (RGB) (TKL) Keyboard
    ● CM Storm NovaTouch (Hybrid Capacitive) (TKL) Keyboard
    ● Filco Majestouch 2 (Cherry MX Brown) (TKL) Keyboard
    ● Logitech G810 Mechanical (Romer-G) (RGB) Keyboard
    Logitech G13 Programmable (RGB LCD) Gameboard

    ————————————————————————————
    Razer Firefly (Gaming Mouse Pad w/ Chroma Lighting)
    Thermaltake Galeru (Gaming Mouse Bungee)


    MONITORS (PC & CONSOLES)
    ● ASUS - PG27UQ — (27") (4K) (120Hz) (4:4:4) (HDR) (10-Bit) (G-SYNC) (IPS) (ULMB) (QDEF) (384-Zone FALD) (DisplayHDR-1000) (DP 1.4 & HDMI 2.0)
    ● ASUS - PG279Q — (27") (1440p) (165Hz) (IPS) (G-Sync)
    ACER - XB271HU — (27") (1440p) (165Hz) (IPS) (G-Sync)
    DELL - UP2716D — (27") (1440p) (60Hz) (IPS) (10-bit)
    Ergotron LX HD (Full-Motion LCD Monitor Arm & Desk Mounting Kit) (x2)


    ② HEADPHONES (SETUP)

    HEADPHONES (COLLECTION)
    Sennheiser HD 800S (Schwartz) (Cardas Clear & Q-Audio XLR)
    Sennheiser HD 800 (SDR-Mod) (Cardas Clear & Q-Audio XLR)
    ● Sennheiser HD 650 (Q-Audio French Silk XLR)
    ● Sennheiser HD 600 (Q-Audio French Silk XLR)
    ● Focal Clear (Q-Audio French Silk XLR)
    Audeze LCD-3 (Cardas Clear & Q-Audio XLR)
    HiFiMAN HE-6 (Q-Audio French Silk XLR)


    HEADPHONE AMPLIFIERS
    ● SPL PHONITOR X (w/ Remote & Analog-DSP/Matrix) (Balanced Pre/HP Amplifier)
    ● Holo Audio AZURE (w/ Full-Remote & 64-Step Relay-Switched VC & LCD) (Balanced Pre/HP Amplifier)
    ● Bryston BHA-1 (Balanced Pre/HP Amplifier)


    FULLY-PASSIVE (XLR) I/O SWITCHERS
    Coleman Audio M3PH-MKIII (4x3) (XLR I/O Switcher & 47-Step VC)
    ● Coleman Audio MS6R (1x6) (XLR Output Switcher)


    HEADPHONE & STEREO DAC's
    ● Schiit YGGDRASIL (A2) (G5) (Balanced DAC)
    ● Crane Song SOLARIS Quantum (Balanced DAC)
    ● Dangerous Music CONVERT-2 (Balanced DAC)

    Schiit GUNGNIR (MB) (A2) (G5) (Balanced DAC)

    ③ 5.1ch SPEAKERS (SETUP)

    PRIMARY SPEAKERS
    SVS Ultra Center Speaker (3-Way, 4-Pole) (Piano Gloss Black w/ Grills) (x1) (Channel: Center)
    SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers (2-Way, 4-Pole) (Piano Gloss Black w/ Grills) (x4) (Channel: Front L/R & Rear L/R Pairs)

    POWERED SUBWOOFER
    ● SVS SB-4000 (13.5") Powered Subwoofer (x1) (Channel: LFE via XLR Input)

    5ch POWER AMPLIFIER
    Emotiva XPA-5 Gen-2 (5ch, Fully-Balanced, Power Amplifier)

    5.1ch PRE-AMP & DSP & DAC
    Marantz AV-7703 (11.2ch Pre-Amp w/ Full-Remote) (DSP w/ Atmos / DTS-X / All-Legacy Formats) (Fully-Balanced Pre-Pro & DAC)

    ④ STEREO SPEAKERS (SETUP)

    STEREO SPEAKERS
    ● The BMR Philharmonitor Bookshelf Speakers (3-Way, 4-Pole, Custom X-Over) (Curved, Cherry w/ Grills) (x2) (Dedicated Stereo Pair)

    STEREO POWER AMPLIFIERS
    ● Schiit RAGNAROK V2 (Power Amplifier) (Horizontally Bi-Amped to: Highs+Mids)
    ● Schiit VIDAR (Power Amplifier) (x2) (Horizontally Bi-Amped to: Woofers)

    DEDICATED (XLR) SPEAKER PRE-AMP
    ● Dangerous Music MONITOR ST (w/ RJ45-Wired Full-Remote & 30-Step Relay-Switched VC) (Fully-Balanced Pre-Amp)
    MAIN Outs = Schiit RAGNAROK V2 Amp (Dedicated to: Highs+Mids)

    SUB Outs = 2x Schiit VIDAR Amps (Dedicated to: Woofers)

    THIS IS AN INTERCONNECTED CHAIN:
    The dedicated "Headphones Setup" properly splits the output signal via:

    Coleman Audio M3PH-MKIII (4x3) (XLR I/O Switcher)
    Which then routes it into & interconnects back w/ the "Stereo Speakers Setup" via:
    ● Dangerous Music MONITOR ST (Fully-Balanced Pre-Amp)
    Providing the ability for both: "Headphones & Speakers chain" setups to be linked together — while simultaneously utilizing the same upstream equipment (4 DAC's & PC/CDP Sources) for both dedicated chains — w/ fully-functional XLR I/O Switching capability, being preserved, for both upstream & downstream gear.

    ⑤ MODULES ● INTERFACES ● CONVERTERS ● HUBS

    AES3, S/PDIF, USB, HDMI, PCI-E ~ BASED GADGETS
    ● Vanity203HD Module (8ch S/PDIF Coax/AES Board Upgrade for Oppo UDP-203 Player)
    ● Lynx E44 (PCI-E) (2x Pairs of Stereo: AES3 or S/PDIF Coax) Audio Interface Card

    ● Schiit EITR (Gen 5 USB -to- S/PDIF Coax) ESD / EMI Isolator & Converter Hub
    ● iFi iPurifier (S/PDIF Optical -to/from- Coax) Reversible Filter & Converter
    ● Corning USB v3 I/O Optical Data Cable (RF / EMI Isolator)
    ● Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II (USB-to-S/PDIF)
    ● ViewHD (H2HARCi) Audio Extractor (HDMI-to-S/PDIF)
    ● Kensington UH7000C (7-Port Powered USB 3.0 Hub)
    ● Schiit WYRD (USB to USB DDC Hub)


    PASSIVE XLR ISO-TRANSFORMERS & CONVERTERS
    ● Radial TWIN-ISO (XLR to XLR) (2ch Passive Isolator w/ 1:1 Iso-T)
    ● Radial J-ISO (XLR to RCA) (2ch Passive Converter w/ 1:1 Iso-T)
    ● Jensen PC-2XR (XLR to RCA) (2ch Passive Converter w/ 4:1 Iso-T)
    ● Neutrik NADITBNC-MX (BNC to AES) (S/PDIF Ω Converter via TF)


    ⑥ SOURCES & STORAGE EQUIPMENT

    MULTIMEDIA & PLAYBACK SOURCES
    CASELABS (MAGNUM STH10) (Custom-Built) (X299) PC
    ● OPPO UDP-203 (4K/HDR Blu-ray & Media Player) (w/ Vanity203HD Module)
    OPPO UDP-203 (4K/HDR Blu-ray & Media Player)
    ● Nvidia Shield Pro [500GB] (Media Player)
    ● Sony - PlayStation 4 Pro [1TB] Console
    Microsoft - Xbox One X [1TB] Console
    ● Samsung Galaxy S10+ Phone (1TB, 12GB RAM, Unlocked, Ceramic Black)


    MULTIMEDIA STORAGE
    ● Samsung T5 Portable SSD [2TB] (USB 3.1 Gen2)
    ● Western Digital My Book HDD [4TB] (USB 3.0)
    ● HGST Deskstar NAS HDD [16TB] (4x 4TB)


    ⑦ AC POWER ● UPS ● CABLES ● FURNITURE

    DEDICATED UPS & BALANCED AC POWER EQUIPMENT

    1st (Dedicated 20A-to-Mains Outlet) Chain:
    ● APC (SRT2200RMXLA) (RACK UNIT) (Double-Conversion Online) (UPS) (2.2kVA) (1.8kW) (55-lbs)
    ● Furman P-2400-IT (Symmetrically Balanced AC Power) (SMP & LiFT & EVS) (20A) (2.4kW) (90-lbs)

    To: High-End Audio/Stereo Equipment (14 items)
    (4x DAC's, 1x Pre-Amp, 5x HP-Amps, 1x CD/Media Player, 2x Power-Amps, 1x LCD Monitor)

    2nd (Dedicated 20A-to-Mains Outlet) Chain:
    ● APC (SRT2200XLA) (STANDING UNIT) (Double-Conversion Online) (UPS) (2.2kVA) (1.8kW) (55-lbs)
    ● Furman P-2400-AR (True RMS Auto Voltage Regulation) (SMP & LiFT & EVS) (20A) (2.4kW) (39-lbs)

    To: A/V & 5.1ch & Consoles Equipment (10 items)
    (1x A/V Receiver, 1x 5ch Power-Amp, 1x Blu-Ray/Media Player, 1x Subwoofer, 2x LCD Monitors, 1x Xbox One X, 1x PS4 Pro, 1x Nvidia Shield, 1x Electric Desk)

    3rd (Dedicated 20A-to-Mains Outlet) Chain:
    ● APC (SRT2200XLA) (STANDING UNIT) (Double-Conversion Online) (UPS) (2.2kVA) (1.8kW) (55-lbs)
    To: Gaming PC's & ISP/Network Equipment (6 items)
    (Gaming PC w/ 2x PSU's, 1x LCD Monitor, 1x Modem, 1x Router, 1x Streaming PC)

    ● APC (SURTA2200XL) (STANDING UNIT) (Double-Conversion Online) (UPS) (2.2kVA) (1.6kW) (61-lbs)

    CABLES & WIRES & ADAPTERS
    ● BTG / Q-Audio (Q French Silk) XLR Cable & Adapters
    ● Blue Jeans Cable Speaker Wire (x5)
    ● Blue Jeans Cable RCA Interconnects (x5)
    ● Blue Jeans Cable Subwoofer Cable (x1)
    ● Mediabridge ULTRA Series HDMI Cables (x5)
    ● Accell UltraAV DisplayPort 1.2 Cables (x4)
    ● AudioQuest (Diamond) USB Cable (x1)
    ● AudioQuest (Colorado) Analog XLR Interconnects (x2)
    ● AudioQuest (Big Sur) 3.5mm-to-RCA Interconnects (x3)
    ● AudioQuest (Cinnamon) Cat-7 Ethernet Cable (x1)
    ● AudioQuest (VDM-1) Digital Coaxial Cable (x1)
    ● AudioQuest (Cinnamon) Digital Toslink Cable (x1)
    ● Mogami (Gold) (Neglex Star Quad) (Neutrik XLR) (x21)
    ● Mogami (Gold) AES/EBU Cable (Neutrik XLR) (x2)
    ● Mogami (Gold) S/PDIF Digital Cable (RCA) (x1)


    DESK & CHAIRS & EQUIPMENT RACKS
    ● Herman-Miller Envelop Desk w/ Dual Stage Electric Motors & Hydraulic Lifts - Height/Depth/Angle Adjustable
    ● Herman-Miller Embody Chair w/ Carbon Balance Fabric w/ Custom-made Articulating Leather (Pillow) Headrest
    ● Ekornes Stressless Dream Reclining Office Chair w/ Royalin Amarone Leather & Walnut Wood Sides & Base
    ● Sanus (EFA31-B1) Euro Series Modular Equipment Rack (x4)
    ● TaoTronics (Metal) LED Desk Lamp (Model: TT-DL16) (x2)


    ⑧ NETWORK SETUP & EXTRAS

    DOWN: 360mb/s & UP: 30mb/s
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    NETWORK HARDWARE SETUP
    MODEM: Netgear CM1000 (32 & 8 Bonded Channels)
    ROUTER: Asus (RT-AC88U) (Hardwired) 8-Port LAN
    SWITCH: TP-Link (TL-SG108) 8-Port Gigabit Switch
    CABLES: Tera Grand (CAT-7 Gigabit) Ethernet Cables


    PORTABLE A/C UNIT & HEAT PUMP
    Whynter ARC-131GD (Portable AC) (13,000 BTU)
    Toyotomi TAD-T40LW (AC & Heat-Pump) (14,000 BTU)


    OLD GAMING PC (X58) SETUP
    ● Intel Core i7-980X (3.8GHz) (6-Core) CPU
    ● EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti (Classified) GPU
    ● Asus ROG Rampage 3 Extreme (X58) MOBO
    ● Corsair (12GB) Dominator Platinum (DDR3) RAM
    ● Samsung (500GB) 850 EVO (OS & Storage) SSD


    ⑨ WISHLISTS FOR 2019

    A/V & TECH WISHLIST
    1. Smyth Realiser A16 (HRTF-Personalized, 3D Audio Processor & Virtualizer for Headphones)
    2. RAAL-Requisite SR1a (True Ribbon Earfield Monitors)
    3. Schiit Weldenheim (Direct-Drive Ribbon HP Amp) (For: RAAL-Requisite SR1a)
    4. Schiit THE GADGET (C=256Hz Pitch Re-Tuner & DR Expander & Vocals-to-Beat Adjuster)
    5. Schiit Unison USB
    6. Schiit CD Transport
    7. Ekornes Stressless Live (M) Classic LegComfort
    8. Radioaktiv Isotope Protium (Fully-Modular HP/Amp Cables)
    VIDEO GAMES WISHLIST
    1. Cyberpunk 2077 (CDPR)
    2. The Last of Us: Part II
    3. Ghost of Tsushima
    4. Halo: Infinite
    5. Beyond Good & Evil 2
    6. Left For Dead 3
    7. Dying Light 2
    8. Watch Dogs: Legion
    9. GhostWire: Tokyo
    10. Atomic Heart
    11. Doom Eternal
    12. The Elder Scrolls 6
    13. Starfield
    14. Gears of War 3 (Horde)

    ⑩ OLD & UN-USED EQUIPMENT

    ● HeadAmp GS-X MK-2 (Balanced Pre/HP Amplifier)
    ● Schiit YGGDRASIL (A1) (G3) (Balanced DAC)
    ● ProCo SwitchWitch (1x4) (XLR Output Switcher)
    ● Kramer VS-4X (4x1) (XLR Input Switcher)

    Signature

    Like the fire that cast light on the walls of the cave, the human condition is forever bound to the impressions that are received through the senses.