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  1. dang if I had seen this... I bought a 4500u powered version just last week. Monstrously powerful little box! I run MadVR on mine for upscaling. It can't do the crazy high quality stuff that brings high end desktops to their knees, but it will beat out any NUC or similar!
  2. recently received a copy of Pure Narcotic by Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson It's just lovely.
  3. I mean they're the best I've used amoung other standard cheapies from neutrik/rean and switchcraft. They fit most sockets really well, and aren't ever too tight or too loose.
  4. The Amphenol ones are just brass (spec sheet here), like most lower cost connectors but they are nice quality for low cost cables and have a good solid grip on most sockets. For my personal cables I use an Alco starline connector, basically an ETI clone connector. they are the ones with hollow solid copper pins and a single point ground contact. in reasonable quantities they can be had for around $4 - 7 each online for the silver plated ones that I like.
  5. Pi4 with 4gb of ram runs plex server just fine as long as your playback devices can direct stream the videos. If it tries to transcode you would quickly run out of power, audio only transcodes are usually fine on low power hardware though. Same goes for the Synology 218. Basically, the better your playback clients, the less server power you need.
  6. Just received something very special in the mail. straight on the turntable as soon as I got home naturally. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason. A great album from a somewhat legendary Australian black metal band from Wollongong.
  7. Exactly right, AES/EBU cables make great balanced analogue interconnects, and digital coax is great for unbalanced. I've used a lot of Belden 1505F and Canare L-4.5CHWS (1694F Eq.) among others and they work really well for both analogue and digital, and are only a few bucks a meter at most. those cables can take a lossless 6ghz 4K video stream from a broadcast or cinema camera 50 meters and have it recorded or displayed perfectly at the other end, so I think I can trust them with a few dozen KHz of audio over a meter or so!
  8. I've used Adobe Audition for this in the past, it gives some nice control over how to do the downconversion. Control of the downsampling algorithm is especially important if your source is a multiple of 48khz (96khz, 192khz etc) as it doesn't evenly divide into the 44.1 standard for CDs so some aliasing can result. If your source is 88.2khz for example its a super clean downconversion and the results always sound great. I've also had a lot of luck writing high quality vinyl rips to CD, sometimes they take a bit of volume and EQ to get just right, but the mas
  9. From a mixing and mastering perspective, aspects like depth and height come from frequency and phase cues, these can be captured in a live recording with a stereo or binaural mic setup. Or they can be carefully shaped in the studio by controlling the frequency content and phasing of individual tracks to bring out the effect. To make sounds come from outside of the width of the speakers you can push the sound there by controlling phase alignment between the channels. The extreme example of this is if you flip the phase of one speaker and play a simple test tone. that "pulling on you
  10. Alright, doomy stuff. This is a band whose sound just works, imagine if Sleep was fronted by K.D. Lang. Not exactly but it's the best way I can describe them. Windhand - Soma
  11. I had the Ikon 2s for years and never felt like I needed more, I added a small subwoofer at one point but it stayed unplugged most of the time. I never got to hear the 7s, but I imagine they were just more of a good thing. Now I have the Opticon 8s and I cant see myself replacing them anytime soon.
  12. Yep, I think for the price of one of these really high end TVs, you could get a great projector+screen AND a pretty damn good 65-75" TV for too. A really good 85" TV is $10K at least, the cheaper ones at that size have too many compromises, particularly in backlight evenness and usually have poor pixel response times leading to a smeary blotchy image. A pretty damn good 65" TV is $2.5K, that remaining $7.5k gets a great projector and screen. or push up to a decent 75" TV for $3.5K and still have $6.5k for a nice projector.
  13. 85+ size oleds are out there, but they cost as much as a decent 3 series.. LG 88" 8K current model is $72000, previous model is still $60K I'm waiting for more dual layer LCDs to arrive, that's a technology that really looks to be the best way to keep the price/performance ratio up on LCD. They have a standard LED backlight (which could be anything from solid single zone, edge lit multi zone, or FALD), then a transparent greyscale LCD layer of reasonable resolution to shape the backlighting, then the main image layer. Much cheaper than OLED, better than current F
  14. I can vouch for these as a great entry to planar open back cans. Easy to drive, massive soundstage, great value. though I recommend anyone who buys these looks at aftermarket pads for them.
  15. one wierd thing I've read is people plugging in their gear, setting the sound to PCM and getting dolby out, but then unplugging the optical and plugging it back in and got PCM. not sure if the TV detects an optical connection and acts on it weirdly, but some people are describing that. ALso, the PCM setting may very well be per input and per app.. so try setting it with every different app open and seeing if it behaves differently. Other than that, i'm out of ideas other than completely external streaming hardware.
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