davetheoilguy

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Entry CD player question?
Back from my day in getting college money working at a shop that repaired video game consoles (lots of PlayStations) I learned to hate all CD transports made by Sony or (more so now) one of its suppliers.  They sadly dominate the industry.   Now... 
Looking for an all-in-one just-add-speakers streamer for my son to take to college
 Purely based on reviews and Sterophile naming it “component” of the year a bit ago, I just ordered the NAD Masters M33 BluOS Streaming Integrated Amplifier  for Hanukkah for my daughter. Not college, but her room. She streams but also wanted my ... 
Do you think driver “break in” is real?
Certainly physical components, yes. But electrical current certainly changes wires and whatnot over time.  It’s called “electro migration” and eventually wears out wires and connections. Takes a ver long time. It makes perfect sense that this pr... 
Are cable “upgrades” just as likely to make your system sound worse?
I'm probably considered an idiot here, but I bought 12awg OFC copper wire with silver tinning from Amazon Amazon.com: Silverworm 12 AWG Real Silver Plated Flexible Copper Wire 12 AWG by ACER Racing : Electronics ($29 for $25 feet, bought 200 fee... 
Bowers & Wilkins 801D4 Signature
Either are lovely speakers, but there is minuscule difference between the two in most circumstances.  I have the 800D3 I bought used here for $19K that I couple with Classe Delta monos.  I auditioned the 801D4 and was never quite sure if I could t... 
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
Well, according to the two detectors, no radon! Re: the poster freaked out about this being a cave.  My wife is, too. The second owner added a Huvco fibreoptic daylighting system to this, but didn't finish.  He put in the collectors and bought f... 
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
It’s the SVS PB16 ultras. It’s a big room and they move a lot of air and just add the required depth to the bottom end.  Very noticeable without overpowering.  Takes some of the burden off the monoblocks. Set crossover (coming out of the preamp) ... 
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
@tomcarr  Thanks for the advice.  As noted, the side walls are too far away to be of concern, but I do have a pretty pronounced standing wave.  I’ve bought multiple 4 inch thick panels for the back wall and behind the speakers/subs..  Also a bit ... 
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
@kennyc I can tell if you are joking or just utterly failed to read the thread.  
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
@lou_setriodes  1.  Am Israel Chi!  Go do whatever is necessary, please!  Ignore the media. 2.  For clarity, I live in West Texas.  This house was built by an extremely wealthy oil man back in the 1960s during the height of the Cold War.  Very r... 
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
No test for radon, but it's got radiation detectors of all sorts.  Nada. Radon is not particularly a problem here (oilfields of West Texas), anyway. Per Texas A&M map, our county shows up at the second lowest level recorded in basements.  
HAVE YOU ARRIVED AT YOUR FINAL SYSTEM AND WHAT’S IN IT? WHAT ARTIST IS YOUR GO TO?
I don't know if I am done or not.  I am certainly satisfied, at the moment. Front End: VPI Titan Turntable, Van den Hul Frog gold cartridge Lumin U-1 Streamer Esoteric K-03XD SACD/DAC Amplification: Phono preamp; Parasound JC3+ Preamp: Evo ... 
Subwoofers: Ported or sealed?
Or just get a monster sealed sub like the SVS PB-16 that can get low while sealed.  1500 watts and have the best of both.  Or preferably two. I follow the “there is no replacement for displacement” philosophy for subs.    
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
It's 2.5 feet of hard concrete and steel under ~15 feet of dirt under a swimming pool or deck.   Pretty sure it's a giant Faraday cage, too.  Cell phones go completely dead, something I very much enjoy. So, I think we're OK with radiation.  ;-) ... 
Acoustically Treating a Bomb Shelter
Mahler -  ah, excellent point. I am trying to be retro here, to a degree. It may come to that.  I do have a newish Arcam AVR that is now unused.  And it does have room correction software/mic.