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  1. It wouldn't be the first time the world stopped when there's a problem with the cricket... Down here there's often a slug or spider that shorts between the electric fence wire and a star picket. There's a loud whack, whack, (energizers are immune to shorting) until the thing disintegrates. Judging by the sound released, I'd say they're shunting a fair current! (At the ag shows they like to use potatoes - I suppose more Politically Correct).
  2. There's only one thing better than honking, and that's the build-up to it 🤭. But sometimes this build has been way higher than my level of tantric can cope with. Not suggesting anything, but I happen to be a master in the art of procrastination, so tend to pick up on the subtle signs now and again. 5 weeks before my 'leaving' exams (5th Form, for us in the late '60s) I started building an amplifier... Bit of deja vu there. But the vinyl thing really has me worried. People seem to get on the merry-go-round and never get off... Our difference is that you actually do something in the little diversions. Lots and lots, very quickly. It's fun keeping up - I hope we don't have to hope till New Year for the next fix though.
  3. And it's probably paid itself off for them many times over by now! I do like the human side of things. This is a great thread for that.
  4. BioBrian

    Soldering iron tip advice

    Thanks Andy - good suggestion. As usual, unless the full story is out there, everybody's guessing, so apologies for appearing the helpless waif again. I'm actually quite well-served with irons - just put them all together (there's more in the gas-driven dept) and surprised myself: The problem, as others have said, is that when you go to the right size in the $20 ones, they are slow to warm up, then sit there too hot, burning their own tip protection off, stinking, and draining the grid. The joy of the Goot is that the temp can be dialed exactly, and it gets there within seconds - nice. But that little tip has to be wound up to over 400 deg (to average between set temp and what it cools to on the job) to do RCAs, and has to sit there too long, so the wire insulation starts melting away, and so do the soft parts of (inferior) plugs. My fave WBT plugs are made of sterner stuff, but I'd much rather get in with the 40 W and do the whole thing in about 3 seconds, instead of 12+. If I can find a larger-mass Goot tip I'll be laughing - it really is nice with super-flexy cable, light weight, and its own holder (that won't tip over) and cleaning system. The 80 W (7 mm diameter tip) is still best for speaker cable, and the Anderson connectors I use at the speaker end.
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    Soldering iron tip advice

    Thanks for that - maybe this'll bear fruit. I found a NZ link, but their site didn't recognize any country outside the shaky isles. (Too busy holding on?) I'm very wary of fleabay - with free post, those tips are a little more than $1 each (Jaycar Goot ones $20 each 🤣); I'd guess their manufacture tolerances could not be up to original standard. I think the Goot deserves better. Should have bought an Akko!
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    Soldering iron tip advice

    I'm having trouble finding a bigger tip for my Goot RX-711AS soldering station. The supplied tip has a tiny point, with not enough mass to adequately heat the plugs/cables I mostly do. Can anyone please help me find about a 3mm bevelled tip in Aus?
  7. I knew this thread was doomed.... I'm hoping in this day'n' age there's some antibiotic for the 'black death'. Perhaps some nearby soul with 'medical training'? While the little voice in the back seat pleading "are we nearly there" risks succumbing to old age, let's for a moment rejoice that acg apparently has a life outside true reality (speaker building).
  8. BioBrian

    New Amp from Parasound

    He looks more comfortable with that blue transformer.
  9. BioBrian

    New Amp from Parasound

    Just noticed Clef Hi-Fi have this listed: https://clefhifi.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=56&products_id=3937
  10. I had the problem Clay mentioned above. Assuming the Fetch has HDMI to the TV, a better method for the sound is to take your optical cable from the TV (not the Fetch) to the DAC. This will give proper lip-sync to everything you see on screen, and sound quality should be excellent too.
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    Satori 2018

    Wow. They should sell suits of armour with those. And with no(?) depth adjustment, it must be pretty fraught doing the first 5 cuts?
  12. BioBrian

    Satori 2018

    Nice matching of the grain. All looking superb. How are you getting the corner radii to match - I don't expect there's a router bit of this size.
  13. BioBrian

    Canare 4S11 Cable

    I was looking for something worthy of posting, so I did the tests many times. Just couldn't get anything at all. Not even 'fake news'. That's the gist of my report. Hence my comment about "males only seeing what they are looking at". My point was, that I do think there's something else in this. Ha, yes! I haven't received the banana plugs yet, so there was a fair old bit of grunting and sweating, up the ladder and behind the gear, trying to find those binder-post holes. All repeatable in a DBT though, depending if throat lubrication and fluid replacement are well attended to 😉. There are many other variables now, ready for testing. The innocents likely to brave the elements here will have not a jot of an inkling what they are listening to. (Oh, and did I mention the power cable? Guaranteed to bring a flush to the most weathered cheeks).
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    Canare 4S11 Cable

    Nuh. Maybe for some people, seduced by retail garbage. As a fellow musician, you must know that hearing is to be relied upon. Otherwise, we'd still sound like bagpipes (Beecham joke ref).
  15. BioBrian

    Canare 4S11 Cable

    Does that mean you'd put money on the validity of my tests? Going by them, the influence of the new cables on my system would be nil. Safe bet, but I think there's more to the story. Two things that come to mind are noise rejection, and distortion. I think I can test the latter using Omnimic. And I suspect there's more to it than that! I don't know the inductance figures of 4S11 used as 'star quad', but the inductance would be just SO tiny, compared with the deliberate inductance I use in my passive speaker crossovers (there's no deliberate series inductance in the tweeter filter). To my mind, the basic tests above show that the cable inductance of 4S11 and 8 AWG 'Fig 8' have no relevant difference. At least, not enough to cause any high frequency loss, or other feared audible changes. However, my interest is in why they sound better, especially if others hear it too. Definitely to be tried at the next GTG.
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