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Any computer brands stick out for desktop reliability anymore? Normally, I'd build one, but this is for my parents whom I can't visit atm. Jun 2, 2020 at 9:52 AM

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    1. fraggler
      fraggler
      Any computer brands stick out for desktop reliability anymore? Normally, I'd build one, but this is for my parents whom I can't visit atm.
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        The b class models usually have longer warranties as well. If you need new check hp or dell for deals from online outlet on their site.
        Jun 2, 2020 at 2:45 PM
      3. bixby
        bixby
        Jun 2, 2020 at 2:54 PM
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      4. e.schell
        e.schell
        I bought my father a little HP desktop a couple of years ago and it has been holding up nicely.
        Jun 2, 2020 at 3:39 PM
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    2. fraggler
      fraggler
      Raffle iDSD already here. Thanks @YMO for the quick ship. Already has some good synergy with slightly modded Massdrop TX0.
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    3. fraggler
      fraggler
      Crap, my Theta sounds better with my speakers than my Modi MB, but the Modi MB works better with my headphones. Both at my desk. Sigh.
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        A bit more treble energy and dynamic with the Theta. Been primarily using modded HD800s so a little too much for relaxed listening. But with my speakers (DIY Carmody S2000) incredible synergy. Really woke them up.
        May 16, 2020
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      4. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Haha, been pondering a vintage R2R to replace MMB in my main spkr/HP setup so very interested in your findings. What amp(s)? Does your MMB have the new firmware? How would you describe the character of the Carmodys? Etc...
        May 16, 2020
      5. fraggler
        fraggler
        For my speakers, I am using an Adcom 5200 (maybe a touch warm), and for HP an ECP L2 (a little warm as well). The S2000s are a more forward and detailed Overnight Sensation if you are familiar. MMB is a v2. MMB might be a touch more detailed or clearer through the midrange. I really haven't developed a good ear or vocabulary to describe things well. I just notice macro differences.
        May 17, 2020
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    4. fraggler
      fraggler
      Lol, this Theta DS Pro Basic II dwarfs all my other gear, including my Adcom amp.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Two-box DSP 9000 III here. Those old R2R DACs are the cat's meow.
        May 15, 2020
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Is the Theta the one that was on USAM a week or so back? If so, I'm pleased somebody here got it!
        May 15, 2020
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        @Biodegraded Sigh, yes. At that price, I impulse bought it to see what it sounded like. I really didn't need it and now need to decide which DAC to keep.
        May 15, 2020
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    5. fraggler
      fraggler
      Swapped from Volumio to Moode. Still some quirks with display, but actually playing the song or album I want is much more intuitive.
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      2. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        by display, do you mean with the RPi screen or with remote web browsing? I'm trying to plan my own build.
        May 14, 2020
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Remote web. In the album cover panel view, all the covers are low res. Looks like crap even on the phone. Playing music I get full res.
        May 14, 2020
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    6. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      I just watched Blade Runner for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I totally get your avatar now, lol.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        So good man
        May 11, 2020
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Glad you liked it. If you didn't at least appreciate it, I'd probably have to block you.
        May 12, 2020
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        How could I NOT like it. The practical effects and cinematography were amazing. And Phillip K. Dick stories always make good movies. I could go on. It might be my favorite Sci-Fi movie now.
        May 12, 2020
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    7. fraggler
      fraggler
      Not sure if anyone watched the One World online concert thing from a couple days ago, but 2 observations:
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        3. How stoned was Keith Richards?
        Apr 20, 2020
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        Lol! I wasn't sure he was actually alive at various parts of their performance. Mick was looking/sounding fricking great, and Charlie cracked me up playing his air drums while wearing grandpa clothes.
        Apr 20, 2020
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      5. ergopower
        ergopower
        Did you watch the 'Our Country' version 2 weeks ago? I had the opposite feeling for that one - with just a couple exceptions, every performer sounded like they were mic'ed exactly the same, so how much of that was done in a more-controlled setting, even if in their homes, then lip-synced?
        Apr 20, 2020
    8. fraggler
      fraggler
      I am a nice person who tries to create positive change in the world. But...
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      2. boredpanda
        boredpanda
        Apr 4, 2020
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Apr 4, 2020
    9. fraggler
      fraggler
      Any recommendations for a not-break the bank adjustable monitor arm? Needs to hold a beefy 34" Ultrawide that has the power brick inside.
      1. fraggler
        fraggler
        I have an inexpensive one that can handle most of the weight, but the failure point is the joint at the back of the monitor. At this point, the slightest bump of the monitor will result in it swinging all the way down.
        Mar 25, 2020
    10. fraggler
      fraggler
      Any experts out there willing to share some advice for building a network plan (plus security cameras) for a small business?
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        I have basic networking covered, but don't know anything about affordable, but good quality video security systems.
        Mar 17, 2020
      3. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        What city? I have a great company I work with that is reasonable.
        Mar 17, 2020
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        Chicago, IL (Chicago proper, not a suburb)
        Mar 17, 2020
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    11. fraggler
      fraggler
      Shout out to Manish, the owner of Rooh, a progressive Indian restaurant here in Chicago for dropping possibly $20K on his sound system.
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      3. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        Rooh means Soul and hence the sound system to bring soul to music
        Feb 14, 2020
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I'm going to have to check that out!
        Feb 14, 2020
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      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        That sounds like an all-around fantastic dining experience!
        Feb 14, 2020
    12. fraggler
      fraggler
      Finally got my Pi3 with 502DAC properly setup and working. Definitely clearer than my Gen 2 USB, but going to be hard to compare to Eitr.
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Pretty much at the limits of my hearing. Basically kills any transport nervosa.
        Feb 3, 2020
      3. famish99
        famish99
        I'm currently trialling Roon and I find it handy for comparing transports since you can group outputs.
        Feb 3, 2020
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    13. fraggler
      fraggler
      Off to 5 days of training at Kellogg where classes are from 8:30a to 9:30p so they have us stay on campus. Grownup sleepaway camp FTW!
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      2. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I thought so, what course are you taking. Working on MBA?
        Jan 26, 2020
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        This is a short executive course focusing on small business growth and minority entrepreneurship. Got my MBA several years ago, just adding to the toolbox at this point.
        Jan 26, 2020
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        Part of a much needed effort in Chicago to encourage entrepreneurship in the less supported neighborhoods.
        Jan 26, 2020
    14. fraggler
      fraggler
      So does widespread Unison get released tomorrow now that Windows 7 is finally laid to rest?
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      4. schiit
        schiit
        It gets released when we have cards.
        Jan 14, 2020
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      5. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        Hopefully this means their transport is getting close too....
        Jan 14, 2020
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    16. fraggler
      fraggler
      Happy Holidays!
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    18. fraggler
      fraggler
      Just when I talked myself into selling off my main rig and downgrading to baby Schiit again... I shouldn't have listened to it...
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        Do you use the L12 for music or HT? It's on my shortlist for both. Apparently pairs well with my Klipsch Heresy speakers.
        Dec 11, 2019
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        My system does double duty, but leans more towards HT. I am a fairly low volume listener for both and the L12 has been more than I could have hoped for (coming from cheapo Yamaha and Energy subs).
        Dec 12, 2019
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        Nicely controlled for music, gives me some very satisfying rumble for movies (the really low stuff you feel more than hear). Plus it is about as small as you can get for a 12" Won't hit you in the chest like a larger sub, but I don't think you get one thinking it will.
        Dec 12, 2019
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    19. fraggler
      fraggler
      About to put these newly acquired Sony WF-1000XM3 buds to test. 9hour flight. Have my $40 Taotronics NC tethered earbuds as control.
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        These are pretty good! Not the last word in sound quality or noise cancelling, but they are great for the price. Cancelled out the engine noise just about completely, but didn't have enough passive isolation to block voices.
        Dec 11, 2019
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Definitely good enough to replace everything I have outside of my old Shures that my GF likes to borrow for travel.
        Dec 11, 2019
    20. fraggler
      fraggler
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        Feel bad for the Ghost in the Shell franchise. The first movie and Stand Alone Complex was the apex and its been so downhill from there. The live action movie was pretty awful and this trailer doesn't instill a lot of confidence.
        Oct 23, 2019
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        @netforce 2nd GIG wasn't too bad, I'd say it trades blows with the first series, but Arise was pretty bland, didn't even try finishing it. Animation quality here actually reminds me of the absolutely tepid Cyborg009 series (also on Netflix) I watched a while back.
        Oct 23, 2019
      5. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        What the fuck.

        I'm happy that they kept the directors and voice actors from GITS:SAC, but that animation quality.
        Oct 23, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Gear List:
    Transducers:

    Bose QC15 modded
    Fostex T50RP modded
    Hifiman HE-560 modded
    HSE-A2000 modded
    Overnight Sensations + Dayton SUB-800
    Sennheiser HD650M
    Sennheiser HD800 SBAFSDR
    Shure SE215
    Taotronics TT-EP01


    DACs:

    Massdrop x Centrance DacPort Slim HD
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Schiit Modi 3
    Schiit Gungnir Multibit A1

    Amps:

    Adcom GFA-5200
    Cavalli SOHAII
    ECP Audio L2
    Massdrop x Centrance DacPort Slim HD
    Pass WHAMMY
    Schiit Fulla 2
    I believe the best way to truly help people and make positive change in the world is to remove the barriers to people helping themselves. As such, I am a founding partner of a low profit limited liability company (L3C) that helps aspiring entrepreneurs in low income neighborhoods start their businesses as well as redevelop real estate for their use. We are currently working with 6 entrepreneurs in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, with several more lined up for our next cohort. Our first property is currently under redevelopment and will house 3 of our entrepreneurs. A second property that will house the other 3 entrepreneurs should be ours within the next couple months.

    Working with the City of Chicago, various community organizations, and a social impact lending institution, we have secured enough grants and loans to start our venture. However, the terms of the loans and grants don’t cover all the purchases we need to make. Things like computers, inventory systems, commercial kitchen equipment, etc. (basically anything that can be removed from the properties) are on us to acquire. As a result, we are launching a crowdfunding campaign to make sure our entrepreneurs have all the little things that they need to successfully open and keep open their doors. It is also a great way for the public to get to know our organization and the entrepreneurs that we help.

    There is a lot more to the company that makes it unique that can adequately be described in this format, so if you are interested, you can visit our website at egwoode.com to learn a little bit more about the company and our entrepreneurs. Our crowdfunding campaign is here: https://www.bluefundrewards.com/projects/e-g-woode-a-crowdfunding-campaign/

    And of course, if you have any questions about the company, the campaign, or about social impact investing in general, please send me a PM and I will be happy to chat with you.

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    Rpi3+502DAC > Theta DSP Pro Basic II > ECP L2/Pass WHAMMY > HD800SDRSBAF, HD650M
    My work: www.egwoode.com