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  1. No implication was felt at my end! 🙂
  2. Hi ericd, I know I have mentioned in another thread somewhere, but the easiest, cheapest and safest way is to install Opera as your browser and go into the advanced settings and enable VPN. I use Chrome for everything else and dip into Opera when I want to buy something from HD Tracks. I think Geo blocking is a ridiculous imposition as you cannot get the file under any other circumstances and it smacks of "restraint of trade" . I am sure HD Tracks are just following the rules set down by the record companies because they still send confirmation and invoice receipt emails to my local Australian email address. I don't feel in the least bit guilty doing this. Cheers Mark
  3. I "picked up" the HD tracks version of Rough and Rowdy Ways yesterday as my local JB was out of stock. First time ever that I have not owned a Dylan album as a physical item. Anyway irrespective of that I have played it three times already and I really like it. Time will tell how much i keep on liking it and where it falls for me in Dylan's canon, but it is definitely very good at least and bests (for me anyway) Tempest and Together Through Life. The lyrics are very involved and interesting with sparse arrangements decorating them appropriately. The sound quality is excellent as well. Early highlights for me are I Contain Multitudes, Goodbye Jimmy Reed & Key West. I look forward to other peoples thoughts on this new album, apart from anything else astonishing work for someone who is now 79!
  4. I love this as well, in my top 2 or three of Dylan's long songs (Memphis Blues Again, Highlands).
  5. Hmm, i have to disagree about Joes singing. I think it complements his music in the great, gritty blues tradition. I have never ever thought his singing was sub par in any way. Live he is also great as is Beth Hart of course. Have seen Beth twice and Joe three times, but never on the same bill.
  6. I was working in hifi at the time and there was a big promotion around Phillips CD players and the Dire Straits tour. Anyway we all got free tickets and the CD for selling a lot of Phillips players! the concert was in the entertainment centre in Melbourne which was the old Olympic pool so the acoustics were rubbish with glass everywhere and slap echo where we were sitting. Very loud concert, but enjoyable nonetheless although my wife didn’t like it much. The album is okay, I prefer the next one “On Every Street” and “Communique” better. Still own a copy and play it sometimes. thanks for reminding me of a bygone era in my life, Cheers
  7. Cheers mwhouston, I think I first met John in the middle to late 80's becuase we did some commercial work together, great bloke!
  8. Thanks Dave, you are the expert on this model. Actually I did know that it was a horn, mainly becuase you have told me so previously! Cheers Mark
  9. Hi All, Loving this thread, so here is my current story. My full range speaker journey began about August 2017 when I started studying and reading threads on DYIAudio.com. After thinking through a number of possibilities, including tall line arrays, I elected to make a pair of Frugel-Horn Mk3’s, a small form transmission line loudspeaker system that most typically uses a 4” full range driver. I knew that the they would fit into the little nib walls that separate the living room from the family room. The absence of crossovers, and therefore avoiding the attendant issues they bring, was an acceptable compromise over the lack of ultimate power handling and the level of cone breakup that a small 4” cone inevitably brings to the audio table. To power the boxes I organised with Dave, (after several emails back and forth with pestering queries!), from Planet 10 in Canada to freight me a pair of matched, Enabled Marks Audio Alpair 7Pen 4” drivers. He also supplied me with helpful advice as well so it is especially welcome to see him contributing to Stereonet and this thread. I downloaded the plans from Dave’s website for the 18mm material versions and then sent the info to my friend John at Aranmar Acoustics and asked him to supply me with the raw bits so I could put them together and finish them properly. He sourced some Finnish sourced Russian low void ply for the cut. I say raw, but John CNC’d the parts required and the sanded them and I picked them up taped together. This was April 2018 and I put them together over the next few weeks experimenting with loading the front chamber and lagging the internal sides and also hand rasping a chamfer away from the edge of the back face of the baffle board to let the throat “breathe”. I used them for a few months in their raw state until I reluctantly took them apart, sanded them properly and put a 2mm chamfer on all edges. My son then sprayed them satin white plus top coat lacquer (about 15 coats all up, I lost count) and I put them back together. I initially tried some Cat cable (5, 6 & 7) as speaker cable, but although I liked some aspects of the sound the 10 metre lengths would appear to be a little lossy and thin sounding so I settled for some 20AWG twin insulated Belden speaker cable, although I will experiment further down the track. The sound? Well they got better every few months until now about a year and a half in I think they have settled down and been run in. I would estimate, in the particular part of the lounge they are in and where I listen from , I would not get anything useable under around 60 to 70hz, but I never expected to. One of the remarkable aspects of these speakers, apart from the sound stage and stereo imaging, is that they sound great at low levels, in fact I have taken to listening to them at lower levels than I have in the past with other speakers as they exhibit a level of detail and blend throughout a large part of the frequency spectrum that I find particularly involving. Many speakers, in my experience, require you to move a reasonable amount of air to become involving. The next step is to take them apart again to give them a final cut and polish, but I am not sure when I want to stop listening long enough to do that even if it is only a couple of hours work! All in all I am very happy with the build and subsequent sound quality and find it is always more satisfying when your enjoyment of your hobby is not just governed by your hip pocket. Given that in the past I have often owned big, multi driver speakers (Polks, Magneplanars, Klipsch etc…) I have rearranged my thinking and find if I do want to play music more loudly I will choose use my headphones. However I do play them at a surprising good volume from time to time. To be continued….
  10. I vote for: 1 Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles 2 Eighteen With A Bullet - Pete Wingfield The Pinot Noir - Fickle Mistress (Marlborough NZ)
  11. Vale Ginger, Very much larger than life, Cream was a huge early musical influence that continues to this day. Blind Faith followed and the Airforce then I guess I didn't keep up with the rich tapestry of Gingers influences, (and influencing), in popular and not so popular music forms. It does make me feel vulnerable when so many of my early musical heroes are no longer with us. Cheers
  12. I have the 3CD set arriving today from the Amazon US. A good friend of mine purchased the HD Tracks version and says it sounds great. However he thought that it was not as different (improved?) from the 2009 mixes as either the Giles Sgt Pepper or White Album.
  13. Item: Pro-Ject Head Box II Headphone amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $40 Item Condition: Excellent as new Reason for Selling: Buying a new headphone amplifier Payment Method: Cash & COD pickup or PayPal and can be posted at Aus Post rates to anywhere in the country Excellent little headphone amp includes manual and 16 volt power supply, but no box as I never keep them. If posting I will pack securely. Reliable device that has never missed a beat since I bought it and in as new condition because that is how I treat everything I own.
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