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  1. Zombeavers And keeping on the zombie theme, its probably a good time to play that DVD that a family member gave you as a present some time ago. (No prizes for guessing where I got this from.)
  2. Shaun of the Dead What better place to hang out when the Zombie Apocalypse comes than your favourite Pub?
  3. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy - Ceol Aduaidh (Music from the North) The debut album by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, originally released in 1983. It was digitally remastered and re-released in 2009 on the Gael Linn label (which is the copy I have). There are a few supporting musicians, as listed on the front cover. Note the name Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, who also recorded with Clannad in the early days, before following a solo career and becoming better known as Enya. (Her contribution here is fairly minimal though, consisting of keyboards on just one track.) Mairead and Frankie's follow up album with a different group of musicians was titled Altan, which is the band they became, taking their name from that title. This is quite an impressive debut, brilliantly played, and sounds terrific. It is not quite as polished perhaps as the Altan albums that followed, but is none the worse for it. It seems to have a very natural and organic sound which I find quite appealing. Here are a couple of clips.
  4. I haven't heard that one. I only have two of their albums, Tuesday Wonderland which I do like, and Viaticum which doesn't work quite as well for me.
  5. I think he is being a bit over modest in saying that, he obviously had very clear ideas about what he wanted. He must also be a man of some means to be able to afford to bring that to fruition. I note that one of David Hope's main design criteria was that people should be able to wander through the pipes while it is playing. Personally, I love that idea, but I'm not sure how well that would work in a church setting. It looks like the organ was designed in conjunction with the space in which it was installed, and it would be good to see that principle carried on. It is a big ask though, and installation in a church or hall of some kind would be preferable to dismantling it and potentially losing it forever.
  6. I've just been trying to search for a bit more background information, unfortunately with not much success. Searches on David Hope's name have so far drawn a blank. I can find a reference to organ builder George Stevens in relation to relocation of the pipe organ that used to be in the Adelaide Town Hall to the Tanunda Arts Centre in the Barossa Valley, but very little else. It appears there was also a 19th century organ builder of the same name, so searches on that name tend to return results relating to him. To add to the confusion, a search for South Australian pipe organ builders returns the name George Stephens Pty Ltd, among others. I don't know if that is a different person, or a spelling mistake somewhere. I see that David Hope lives somewhere near Mullumbimby, so I wonder if there are any SNA members in that neck of the woods who might know a bit more about it? Its the sort of thing that I would think might become part of local knowledge, in some way.
  7. I had never heard of this until I read it just now on the ABC website, and it just amazed me. I will let the story speak for itself, but please be sure to watch the YouTube clip, it is worth it. (Please note that I removed the YouTube link from this post as it is now classified as a private video, and requires owner permission to view it outside of the ABC story. Perhaps the ABC saw this post and quickly changed permissions, as it did work before. It is still available to view via the ABC story though.) I would be interested to hear comments from anyone here who knows more about this, or who has seen and/or heard the instrument in person. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-16/hope-chamber-organ-needs-new-home/12252046 Hats off to Mr Hope, and I really hope they find a suitable home for his creation.
  8. That may well be true. Some of the details I posted came from this site (To moderators: I hope this doesn't violate conditions of use, as it is from another forum. Please feel free to remove if it does.) https://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/dunlavy-audio-labs-archive-from-the-mind-of-a-legend.769216/
  9. There are various bits of information on different websites about John Dunlavy, but I have not come across an official history either. From what I've read, it appears he started Duntech in the US during the late 70s, then moved his company to Australia in the mid 80s (Adelaide, I presume). He then returned to the US in the early 90s, separated from Duntech Audio in Australia, and started Dunlavy Audio Labs in the US. I can remember going to a Hi-Fi show in North Adelaide in what was then the Hotel Australia a long time ago. I can't remember the exact year, but I think it must have been late 70s. I remember going into one of the demo rooms and listening to what looked like a pair of prototype Duntech speakers. From memory, I believe each speaker actually consisted of three boxes stacked on top of each other. I forget what music they were playing, but they were huge speakers in a small room playing very loud, the curtains were moving and I could feel the air thumping my chest. There was an American gentleman demonstrating them, and at the time I didn't know who he was. Later on, seeing photos of John Dunlavy, it became obvious to me that it was him.
  10. Been a fan of this guy for a long time. Somehow, whenever I hear a rock and roll song it always seems to come back to Little Richard. RIP, you will be missed.
  11. I've had a copy of this for a long time, think I picked it up in a sale somewhere. I don't see Canada mentioned on mine anywhere, says made in the EU.
  12. I'm a bit undecided about this. I am slightly amused by the idea of a DAC being considered a digital source though. To my mind the digital source is whatever provides the digital signal that is sent to the DAC. The output from the DAC is, of course, analog. So a DAC is therefore an analog source to anything it sends a signal to. In a one box solution, of course, they will all be part of an integrated device. Technical point perhaps. And nearly everything is a computer, in a sense. I think ThirdDrawerDown is probably on the right track though.
  13. On the subject of audio delays, I encountered an audio sync problem when I first connected a blu-ray player to my system. It was not entirely unexpected, as I was letting the player decode the 5.1 audio and feed that into the analog inputs of my AVR, while sending the HDMI output directly to the TV. I had to do it that way because the AVR is an older Marantz SR 6200, which is pre-HDMI. Despite that limitation, it is well configured in terms of input and output connectibility (one of the reasons I bought it back in about 2002). Fortunately, my blu-ray player is an OPPO 103, which allows you to configure just about everything. After some trial and error, I was able to find an audio delay setting which effectively eliminates any obvious lip sync issues (at least to my satisfaction). Sorry if I went a bit off topic there, just thought I'd mention it (and was the reason why I thought it was worth mentioning something about audio delays in my original post). Oh, well. Glad you had some fun trying it out.
  14. I'm not sure how feasible what you are proposing is. If you do make it work, one problem you might encounter with doing multiple D/A and A/D conversions is introducing audible time delays with the centre channel. You might be able re-calibrate the Yamaha or Sonos to take that into account, perhaps.
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