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berni

Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #40 on: 20 Jul 2012, 07:54 am »
Hello everyone!

I have ribbons and cones, but berni says you will hate me  :cry:
Is that true?

heheh,  :lol: no, we will take to the Planar audio and back, sometimes we roast a bird on the way (still one to get roasted), sometimes we just make some jokes.
Welcome Stanko. :thumb:

Emsquare

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« Reply #41 on: 21 Jul 2012, 01:09 pm »
The wife is allergic to cats.  But, I COULD forget to close the door as I leave for work.    :icon_twisted:

There's a fine possibility.

I found myself pondering your plight yesterday and was amused with a number of ... let's say solutions for the bird. Python? Plastic bag? Turn the ceiling fan on when it's having a fly? And it occurred to me that the elegant solution is an open window and a little luck.

To be clear I cannot stand the idea of animal cruelty and am not seriously suggesting that. But a theoretical review of the possibilities can still be ... really funny.

Emsquare

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« Reply #42 on: 21 Jul 2012, 01:40 pm »
Please tell me that I sent you an email response. :scratch: Honestly, life has been a little crazy lately, but that's nothing unique.

The VAC is as healthy as ever - thanks to a new (but very old) set of front end tubes (in fact, the Pass X350 is gone - sold it this week (in less than 5 minutes :lol:)). There have been several changes, but some didn't stick. I've been trying to nail down network audio and I'm finally happy, thanks to the arrival of a new device today - the Bryston BDP-1 (which is feeding an Audio Research DAC7). It's outstanding - listening to Corea, Clarke & White right now (in glorious 24/96). I'll get it working with the NAS tomorrow - for now, it's just being fed from USB thumb drives. I also finally added a clock to the room - lower right (displaying 10:16:43).

Don't worry about it. I knew you had a lot on the agenda. I enjoyed our discourses on the Asylum and didn't want you to get away without hearing from me.

I thoroughly approve of The dedicated media room and was all too happy to play enabler for what ever you wanted to equip it with. And, yes, the VAC is just lovely. Like the 3.7's may it bring you years of joy. I don't get the clock though. Is there a clever way to read the display?

I intend to look into networked audio capabilities next. Too much appeal to ignore anymore. I bought a Behringer SRC on the idea that it would providea flexable port to do that with. But have I done anything with it yet? No. More interested in nice deals on Amazon and such to acquire music for now. Which reminds me that I need to see if there is a deal on that Tom Waits set that I've been keeping an eye on.

Happy hunting  :)

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #43 on: 21 Jul 2012, 03:08 pm »
Reading the clock is more nerdy than clever – it displays the time in BCD. Each column is a digit of the time and the value of each column is simply the sum of its illuminated LEDs. The row values (from bottom to top) are 1, 2, 4 & 8. At first blush, it may seem like a convoluted way to observe the time, but it's really rather simple and efficient. Besides, the patterns entertain weirdos (which I can't deny being). I needed something that I could read from 16', or more, without the aid of glasses – and I didn't want just a large digital clock. My first thought was a nixie tube clock, but when I found this, I couldn't resist.

That Dawnrazor character launched me down the network audio path, although it wasn't what he actually encouraged me to do. Setting up a computer for audio in my bedroom system hooked me on the concept of abandoning the physical media. Once I built up a significant library, I fell in love with the convenience of being able to queue up whatever struck my fancy at the moment. It's especially convenient since all of the media (except concert DVDs/BluRays) is in the house instead of the listening room. Now, I don't have to decide what I want to hear before heading to the cave.

For whiz-bang coolness, the SONOS is hard to beat. The subscription service of Pandora doesn't sound too bad and it's an excellent way to find 'new' music to buy. The Squeezebox Touch is a great little device, so I've read. The Bryston player is in an entirely different league, however. Steer clear of the Marantz NA-7001 if gapless playback is important to you – my understanding is that it isn't alone in that deficiency (and not one professional reviewer bothered to mention it (nor did the manufacturer)).

Once you dip your foot in this pool, you'll want to dive into it.

I hear you about Amazon - I'm an Amazon junkie (addicted to a few other Internet sources for music too).

Emsquare

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« Reply #44 on: 23 Jul 2012, 12:29 am »
Reading the clock is more nerdy than clever – it displays the time in BCD. Each column is a digit of the time and the value of each column is simply the sum of its illuminated LEDs. The row values (from bottom to top) are 1, 2, 4 & 8. At first blush, it may seem like a convoluted way to observe the time, but it's really rather simple and efficient. Besides, the patterns entertain weirdos (which I can't deny being). I needed something that I could read from 16', or more, without the aid of glasses – and I didn't want just a large digital clock. My first thought was a nixie tube clock, but when I found this, I couldn't resist.

That Dawnrazor character launched me down the network audio path, although it wasn't what he actually encouraged me to do. Setting up a computer for audio in my bedroom system hooked me on the concept of abandoning the physical media. Once I built up a significant library, I fell in love with the convenience of being able to queue up whatever struck my fancy at the moment. It's especially convenient since all of the media (except concert DVDs/BluRays) is in the house instead of the listening room. Now, I don't have to decide what I want to hear before heading to the cave.

For whiz-bang coolness, the SONOS is hard to beat. The subscription service of Pandora doesn't sound too bad and it's an excellent way to find 'new' music to buy. The Squeezebox Touch is a great little device, so I've read. The Bryston player is in an entirely different league, however. Steer clear of the Marantz NA-7001 if gapless playback is important to you – my understanding is that it isn't alone in that deficiency (and not one professional reviewer bothered to mention it (nor did the manufacturer)).

Once you dip your foot in this pool, you'll want to dive into it.

I hear you about Amazon - I'm an Amazon junkie (addicted to a few other Internet sources for music too).

Ah, I see now. The picture I was seeing was a hair fuzzy so I wasn't sure that there was some detail to it that I was missing. Now I know. I wonder what that would look like in hex? A:10:2B ? A little too out there perhaps.

The SONOS looks a lot like what I would be interested in. The user interface is really key and needs to be accomodating. That and to be able to pipe in background music in other parts of the house. That's most of what I am missing. That would allow me to bring the music to me rather than having to set time aside to listen to new acquisitions in the music room. I might just do that.

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #45 on: 23 Jul 2012, 12:52 am »
Everyone knows that having a clock in the rig makes it sound better. Just ask Tice :lol:

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« Reply #46 on: 23 Jul 2012, 01:45 am »
There’s probably no slicker interface than what SONOS provides. As I understand it, they network neatly to provide music everywhere (I’ll find out eventually). SONOS isn’t the final word in sonic refinement. It serves a different goal, but it serves it quite well. The Connect has a digital domain volume control, but I kept mine at full tilt. I also used it with an external DAC. On its own, it’s okay, but… Used with a good DAC, it’s surprisingly satisfying. Mine is now in my bedroom system and I plan to add satellites. It should be perfect for providing a background music system. The services available via the Internet are likely to be unmatched by its competitors.

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Ha, so I should refer to this as my BCD Audio Clock, eh? Of course, you could also ask Machina Dynamica. I bought the large version for the greatest level of enhancement.  :lol:

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #47 on: 13 Aug 2012, 10:36 pm »
There's something I want to address if I may.
Everyone knows Peter Gunn and some of you may have had some squabbles with him over the years, others had the opposite experience.
I would like the welcome him to the Planar Circle and I'd appreciate it if everyone else could do the same.
This is a different place (my wife would agree with that one!) and a different atmosphere.
He has a lot to offer and agree or disagree, when all is said and done it's just stereo stuff so isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things.
This Circle is what you make of it and you've all helped make it a good one.
Thank you.

rw@cn

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« Reply #48 on: 14 Aug 2012, 03:24 pm »
There's something I want to address if I may.
Everyone knows Peter Gunn and some of you may have had some squabbles with him over the years, others had the opposite experience.
I would like the welcome him to the Planar Circle and I'd appreciate it if everyone else could do the same.
This is a different place (my wife would agree with that one!) and a different atmosphere.
He has a lot to offer and agree or disagree, when all is said and done it's just stereo stuff so isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things.
This Circle is what you make of it and you've all helped make it a good one.
Thank you.

Well this is the internet after all. I say this because I believe everyone should have access to this site. But I am somewhat reluctant to see him join because he doesn't seem to be able to take differing opinions very well and I would hate to see these Maggie threads degenerate to the mess the AA planar thread became.

The man makes beautiful products none of which I have heard. If things get bad here, I will simply vote with my feet (so to speak).

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #49 on: 14 Aug 2012, 04:51 pm »
There's something I want to address if I may.
Everyone knows Peter Gunn and some of you may have had some squabbles with him over the years, others had the opposite experience.
I would like the welcome him to the Planar Circle and I'd appreciate it if everyone else could do the same.
This is a different place (my wife would agree with that one!) and a different atmosphere.
He has a lot to offer and agree or disagree, when all is said and done it's just stereo stuff so isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things.
This Circle is what you make of it and you've all helped make it a good one.
Thank you.

+1!  :thumb:

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #50 on: 14 Aug 2012, 06:44 pm »
Steve,

Part of the reason why some of us migrated away from the AA was to get away from the "Peter Gunn" nonsense.  (I had another (larger) issue as well, but that's another subject.)  Hopefully, the much more active moderation on this forum/circle will alleviate any issues in that direction.

Anyways, he does bring a decent knowledge/experience of panel repair techniques (certainly valuable information.)  Unfortunately, it's a double-edged sword with all of the other issues that come along with his participation.

Personally, I think "Peter Gunn" should have his own forum/circle/whatever....(as many of the Industry types do here.)  That way he could moderate with impunity and not be bothered by pesky questions and skeptics who highlight inconvenient things.  I have to give JohnR props because that format seems to work well on AC.

Good luck,

Dave.

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« Reply #51 on: 14 Aug 2012, 06:47 pm »
Steve,

Part of the reason why some of us migrated away from the AA was to get away from the "Peter Gunn" nonsense.  (I had another (larger) issue as well, but that's another subject.)  Hopefully, the much more active moderation on this forum/circle will alleviate any issues in that direction.

Anyways, he does bring a decent knowledge/experience of panel repair techniques (certainly valuable information.)  Unfortunately, it's a double-edged sword with all of the other issues that come along with his participation.

Personally, I think "Peter Gunn" should have his own forum/circle/whatever....(as many of the Industry types do here.)  That way he could moderate with impunity and not be bothered by pesky questions and skeptics who highlight inconvenient things.  I have to give JohnR props because that format seems to work well on AC.

Good luck,

Dave.


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Jim

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #52 on: 14 Aug 2012, 06:53 pm »

SteveFord

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #53 on: 14 Aug 2012, 09:06 pm »
I doubt that we'll see very much of the old boy as he's got other irons in the fire.
Things won't go to the dogs here. 
Enough of that, back to our regularly scheduled program.

BruceSB

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« Reply #54 on: 15 Aug 2012, 12:15 am »
I for one am happy to see Peter, or anyone else for that matter, come and join us here.
I have said it before, and I will say it again, this is a great place to be!
It seems to me that it is "audio family" here.
No nastiness/edgy-ness just sharing together and helping one another in a great audio spirit.
I certainly believe that a good environment brings out the best in people (just as a bad environment brings out the worst!).
Yes, this is a great place to be.
I am sure that Peter will fit in well and feel right at home and I am sure that the people here will be very supportive of him.
Welcome from Bruce Peter!

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« Reply #55 on: 15 Aug 2012, 01:17 am »
When I first started poking around here I got off to a rocky start but decided to hang out a bit more.  What I noticed is that all of the Circles set the bar so high regarding standards of conduct. 
You don't see that very often on audio sites where so many discussions end up making me think of Ruth Buzzi and her purse.



I've said it before but I do believe that JohnR set the overall tone and it attracts people who just want to enjoy themselves. 

And with that it's Bedtime for Bonzo as the alarm clock goes off way too early.
Feast your eyeballs on this vintage beauty, all of way from the United States of, er, Singapore, making my life miserable for decades!



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« Reply #56 on: 15 Aug 2012, 01:55 am »
All kidding aside, Steve is correct, JohnR sets the tone very well around here.  He allows the Moderator/Facilitators to do their thing, which is good if they are fair, which most seem to be.

A good rule of thumb might be, if you disagree with someone else, state the reasons why in a non-personal manner, and respect the others opinion/position no matter how silly it might be. 

For the record, I used PG's web page on how to fix delaminations (with some slight modifications) and my speakers sound great and it saved me a lot of money.  I mixed the dap with acetone to make it thinner.  The acetone will evaporate and the dap will hold the same, but is easier to work with.  I let it dry for a couple of days to be safe.

This was over a year ago and no problems.

So thanks PG for sharing your expertise on repairing older Maggie's!

Jim

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #57 on: 20 Sep 2012, 08:32 am »
Hey, Steve~

Newb to this forum but certainly not to other audio & various forums! 

Posting pics of my Carver AL-IIIs in the Planar Porn area soon....

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Re: Welcome to the Planar Circle
« Reply #58 on: 20 Sep 2012, 09:42 am »
Hey, Gary,
Welcome to the forum.

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« Reply #59 on: 21 Sep 2012, 03:34 am »
Thanks, Steve. ]

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