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  1. That's a curious idea. I didn't think that diffusers were effective at such close range...
  2. What storage does it come with, standard 500GB HDD?
  3. Surrounding the in-wall speakers with a 15cm nearby obstacle is going to affect their performance. I think bringing them forward to be flush with the panels is the best way.
  4. I like your solution to weighing down the speakers. Those helium filled floorstanders can be hard to tame...
  5. Is it just me or does he look like John McAfee?
  6. Just to be clear, I'm not hating on laws and regulations, I'm only saying that there are technical and non-technical reasons for things to be the way they are. Besides technical requirements (minimum gauge, insulation) there are also non-technical requirements such as making the use of mains power fool proof. One of the fool-proofing regulations is that for 15A/250V applications a different device plug is prescribed (C19/C20 instead of C13/C14). If 15A/250V appliances in Australia were allowed to use 15A rated C13/C14 plugs (like the ones used in the US) then people who are ignorant about these ratings (i.e. most) could plug a regular 10A power cord in and connect the 15A appliance to 10A mains wiring.
  7. No, I was talking about the US power plug. An IEC plug that is rated both 15A/125V and 10A/250V is in effect rated 15A/250V. Carrying two ratings can only have its root in laws, regulations, etc. but not in physical reality. The overall rating of a power cable is of course the lowest of its components, i.e. power plug, cable and IEC plug.
  8. Yes, a higher current rating requires a thicker gauge. However, the issue isn't the current, but the voltage rating. In theory, a 125V rated plug may have insufficiently sized gaps or insulation between terminals, and using it at higher voltages than specified (including the higher voltage spikes to be expected) could lead to arcing. In practice, see my comment above about huge safety margins.
  9. Technically, 15A/110V means thicker copper, thinner insulation, and 10A/240V means thinner copper, thicker insulation. In practice (not legal practice) it doesn't matter much since the safety margins are huge.
  10. US power cords are most likely fine when used with 120V gear on a step-down transformer, but not on a power conditioner that delivers 240V but happens to have US style sockets. The cables are usually rated 125V. Personally, I think they’ll be fine in that situation if they meet US regulations, but they would certainly not be legal and could void your insurance if the house burns down (or worse).
  11. That's a beautiful cabinet. Is that a limp mass absorber in front of it?
  12. On the topic of Beethoven on fortepiano, you might enjoy this one, too: Excellently recorded and played on a Mathias Müller fortepiano, circa 1810. I'm a fan of historically informed and authentic instrument performances myself. The "historically informed" part being even more important than the "authentic instrument" one, although the two usually go hand in hand. You've probably seen this excellent and entertaining lecture by Malcom Bilson on how the notes don't quite mean today what they used to some 200 years ago, and how reading old scores takes some skill and dedication:
  13. Yes, what a fantastic album. The sound quality is great, too, the soundstage pulled up by those three guys is captured phenomenally well. Regrettably, there is some "magnetic echo", or whatever it is called when loud, high tones on a tape winding impart themselves on the winding above. However, it's not nearly enough to spoil the gorgeous sound. Some of the tracks, like Spasmodic, remind me of the (excellent) sound track to Planet of the Apes by Jerry Goldsmith
  14. That's a curious limitation, it has 9 channels but can process only 7? What are the extra two outputs for, bi-amping?
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