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Are there any new pop/rock releases on CD (not MoFi, or audiophile labels) that aren't loudness war victims? Mar 22, 2020

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Are there any new pop/rock releases on CD (not MoFi, or audiophile labels) that aren't loudness war victims?
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        Guess not. :P
        Mar 23, 2020
    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm binge-watching "Bones" on Prime Video...
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        It's unapologetically junk food, but really good junk food. Loved the entire show, it's one of those series I sat and waited for. Likable characters IMO, and that counts for a lot.
        Mar 21, 2020
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        It really grows on you!
        Mar 22, 2020
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      5. e.schell
        e.schell
        Reached the bottom of the barrel already? :P
        Mar 22, 2020
    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      After a year of ownership, my Okki Nokki crapped out.
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Requested download of collection from Discogs. Will explore the data with Python at some point.
    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      ...OnZow Zero Dust to clean stylus. Looked at stylus under magnifying glass. Noticed gunk on stylus. Cleaned with brush & cleaning fluid.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Reminder to those who are newcomers to vinyl and styluses:

        Always brush in parallel to arm, and /never/ side-to-side.
        Mar 14, 2020
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Ordered the new Tame Impala LP today, along with 2 Beastie Boys LPs and 'Axis: Bold As Love' by Jimi Hendrix. Can't wait!
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        Slightly related - just downloaded The Beastie Boys Book on Kindle last night. It’s on sale for $2
        Mar 11, 2020
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Is there a difference between a "regular" black vinyl LP and a colored vinyl LP [besides color]? Same release - just different color.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Guess I won't complain when I order an LP that could be colored vinyl only to end up with good ol' black vinyl.
        Mar 10, 2020
      3. famish99
        famish99
        I've had a few decent color pressings but that seems to be the exception not the norm. Having said that, I generally get colored ones if I can unless I know it's exceptionally well recorded.
        Mar 10, 2020
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        The hardness can vary on the dye. Same is said for lacquer dyes as well on wood. Not a huge deal unless you plan on playing 1000+ times.

        Picture discs are bad. Stay away unless you are hanging it on a wall.
        Mar 10, 2020
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    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Every now and again I break out the SR80e and have a great time...
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    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I don't get into being "woke," or using race an exuse, but Dick Wolf can kiss my white/yellow ass.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I’m a little disappointed with how he handles his Asian characters in Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. No big deal. I’m calmer now.
        Feb 9, 2020
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        "Woke", the best way to be "woke" is to silently prove the stupid wrong, when they notice you well you are already moving on. When they insist in their attitude, be like Erasmus.
        Feb 10, 2020
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Looks like Chicago Med has a "cool" Asian doctor. Did not realize Brian Tee has been there since '15.
        Mar 10, 2020
    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      How do you know when your stylus is wearing out?
      1. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I seem to remember... You check it under a strong magnifying glass. Audiophools probably have special microscopes. I don't know what strength. You just need to be able to see any chips or damage.

        Dirt might be more likely than damage?
        Feb 10, 2020
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    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Good to know about water cooling. I’ll stick to a properly sized case with good heat sink, good fans, and good airflow. Always works.
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      What are the +/- of water cooling?
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      2. Taverius
        Taverius
        Oh absolutely.

        But both are equally daft things to spend money on, let's be honest - a reasonable person stops at a Noctua and Hel.

        Reasonable pursuits is not why we're here xD
        Feb 4, 2020
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        I never thought I'd move to AIO but I did for my ITX build. Finally jumped on a Ghost to try it out and I've never had a quicker build in my life.

        (under 30 mins end to end to build in the ghost without rushing)
        Feb 4, 2020
      4. manatworks
        manatworks
        I really enjoy building custom loop (did quite a few custom machines as a side job) but not a fan of those maintenance routine , for me it’s something really soothing when i bend those petg/acrylic tubes and installing them in place.

        But yeahhhhhh, just stick to air or aio’s , everyday-use machine is much better that way.
        Feb 4, 2020
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Next build will include water cooling. Or... I could do an upgrade soon. >shrugs<
      1. famish99
        famish99
        Unless it's AIO, don't. Even if it's AIO... think twice about it.
        Feb 3, 2020
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Lots of TB: I have almost 1 TB of music on my PC. I back it up to 2 other drives. The SSDs are for OS and for apps/games.
    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      FWIW... AMD vs. Intel - For gaming, Intel is still king, but for productivity, Ryzen 9 3900X’s 12 cores are tough to beat.
      1. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        I just built a Ryzen 9 3900x last night. I definitely like it more than my old 7700, cooler and seems faster than anything I've ever had before. Watercooling is so much easier now.
        Feb 3, 2020
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      RE: SLI - For RDR2, my real bottleneck was my old i5 processor. The 2x 2070 Super were a good improvement over 2x 970, but Ryzen 9 = wow!
    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      RE: SLI - It helps with frames/sec on demanding games like RDR2, but haven’t thought about it from a bang for the buck perspective.
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Built a new PC. Ryzen 9 3900X, 2x 2070 Super, ROG X570 E, 2x 2TB SSD, 2x 2TB HDD, 1x 3TB HDD.
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        do you find the benefits of SLI to still be worth it? or is to for productivity use?
        Feb 2, 2020
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        That’s a lot of TBs in there.
        Feb 3, 2020
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Mobile check deposit is awesome.
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        It's especially awesome when you're overseas and need to deposit a check into your US account!
        Jan 15, 2020
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Yep, makes life a lot easier. Then again, in the US we still love our checks!
        Jan 15, 2020
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    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Gungnir Multibit clicking. Assumed was Win10 USB power management. Swapped out USB cable. Clicking gone. Happiness!
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    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes]
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
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