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Paul R

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  1. Light Harmonic Labs RIP

    Since you don't know the whole picture, you are really jumping to conclusions pretty fast, don't you think? Even if I agreed with you, I doubt that you (or I) have enough hard facts to validate those same conclusions. Actually, I was being a little bit sarcastic about "joining them" - as I said, I have serious doubts the company can be salvaged. It would require a totally corporate turn around. -Paul
  2. Getting rid of CD's?

    It would wonderful is life was that simple, but it just is not. Life is complex and messy - just like deciding on whether or not an action is moral, legal, something you want to pursue, or something one would much rather not do. For whatever reasons. When one chooses to live within a community, one gives up many of the rights to individual choice and freedoms - that is the price you pay to be a member of any group. When the group is a diverse, opinionated, and flat out as smart as this group is, the price can become quite steep. You have to give up a lot, but perhaps, just like with any other group, you gain back much more than you give up. Just my $0.02, and you are welcome to disagree. Just not to insist that I agree with you, or ridicule me because I don't see the plain wisdom on your words. Or believe in Xemu or whatever. -Paul
  3. Light Harmonic Labs RIP

    Good heavens - did you pay for the thing using a credit card (even via PayPal? If you have not paid off the credit card, I think you can still setup a challenge through your credit card company. It will go through PayPal, but they take credit card chargebacks very seriously. I have. Geek Pulse here I really like, but I have little confidence in LH right now. They really do need a customer service person who can take responsibility and get that mess cleaned up. I am almost ready to apply for the job myself... but it would cost a great deal to repair the damage already done. I am not sure the company can be salvaged. -Paul
  4. Getting rid of CD's?

    And your point is - what exactly? That if someone takes care to ensure their music collection is legal, they are wasting their time? So everyone speeds. Pretty much everyone gets a ticket at some time or another too. You play, you pay. I don't think speeding and/or getting a ticket keeps people up at night either. -Paul
  5. Getting rid of CD's?

    Hey Dennis - it would not surprise me to find there is probably already something like that setup. And I personally like the idea. But until the laws are changed, if you sell the CD the only way to be sure you still have the rights to play the music is to buy another copy of the same CD. -Paul
  6. Getting rid of CD's?

    Horsey Poo - you most certainly have posted more than one message indicating that someone would be foolish to worry about the morality or legality of this action, based upon the idea that they would never be "caught" or face any kind of punishment. It's not really a complex question - either it is moral and legal to sell CDs and keep the ripped copies, or it is not. Your opinion, once one removes the layers upon layers of snark, is that it is both moral and legal. Obviously, there are a large number of people who do not agree with you, which probably makes them pretty wise in this case. -Paul
  7. Light Harmonic Labs RIP

    Why didn't you protest and challenge the transaction amount on PayPal?
  8. Getting rid of CD's?

    Oh my. So, let me get this straight - you base your morals and ethics about this - (or everything?) - on the risk of being caught and punished for what you do? Oh my my my ... There is definitely something screwy with your logic. My wife would ask, do you feel you can morally cheat on your wife or partner if you are far enough away the chance of getting caught is very low? if you found a wallet on the street, would you take the money and drop the wallet, supposing nobody was around to see you do it? In essence, adults are generally people who have chosen to do the right thing, even when nobody is around to catch them or punish them if they do not.
  9. Give the P3ESRs a listen - expensive yes. But worth every pence.
  10. USB audio cracked... finally!

    Why the bitter tone lately? There is plenty of well known science that explains why a cable sounds different over time, but most of it isn't engineering. It is actually psychoacoustic - as in one trains one's ears what to listen for. You know that as well as I do, so why are letting such minor stuff get under your skin? You don't have to embark on a mission to correct everybody you know. No Klingon Puppies here... -Paul
  11. Hi Doc - yeah. the Ascend Sierra2 was definitely in the running.
  12. Just wanted to close the loop here - after a couple weeks with the Harbeths and the Peachtree Nova 150, all I can say is "wow." What a nice setup. First, the Peachtree not only sounds really good, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Karen loves the way it looks and so do I. The Harbeths are just as gorgeous and sound wonderful with everything I have thrown at them, including using them as TV speakers with 2 channel sound. Absolute pinpoint accuracy in terms of imaging, perfectly understandable vocals, even for me. Everything from British Murder Mysteries, to Rogue One, to Justin Hayward, to Jeff Wayne, to Dvorak and the Mad Russians sounds gorgeous. (Yes, there is some compression in the sound, especially in large orchestral recordings, but not much.) The TV sound is driven by an optical connection from the television. This is a 10ft Forspark CL3 rated cable dropped down through the wall. Cheap, and very good quality in my experience. The audio is driven by an Intel Celeron NUC with a 120gb SSD and 8gb of Ram. The NUC is running Windows 10 Professional. Roon Labs Windows 64bit software package is running on the NUC as a Music player. The NUC is connected via a USB-2 connection to the Peachtree Nova 150 with a Kimber Kable KS-2426 half meter cable. To me, this is the best sounding USB cable on the market. A little pricey, but well worth it. YMMV! The Peachtree Nova 150 has the ebony rosewood case and is drop dead gorgeous. Sounds wonderful too. (By the way, you can get 25% off of the Nova 150 or Nova 300 if you trade in any old Amp, Preamp, or DAC you have laying around...) Nordost Lifestyle 4 Flat Speaker Cable is my economical choice of speaker cable. And last but far from least, the Harbeth P3ESRs in Rosewood complete the system. I'm in love. -Paul Oops - for completeness sake... The system sits upon two black brown IKEA Kallax bookshelf units situated horizontally, filled with IKEA KNIPSA seagrass baskets. (16 of them in total). The Peachtree sits in the middle, next to a Sony UBP-X800 Bluray player, which serves double duty for spinning SACD and DVA discs. All this sits under a Sony A1E 55" Flat Panel, which is on the wall over the left shelf unit. PR
  13. Home Receiver for PC surround Help

    HDMI sound can be a bit tricky - have you selected the HDMI as the audio output? Alternatively, you might trying using an optical connection. Less finicky in many ways. -Paul
  14. USB audio cracked... finally!

    Of course, the 'scientific method" can be used to bash people who don't agree with you quite effectively. One reason why I am not in Academia. That is what you seem to be doing here though. Peter, and others, have proven time and again that software can influence the sound reproduction. That is easily shown in test after test. What part of that do you feel you have the chops to argue? Now Peter says he can do the same thing with a cable. All right, I find that hard to accept, but knowing the stuff that Peter has done, and hearing the reports from people whose opinions I respect and value, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I'm not willing to fork out $300 or so to prove it to myself. I have USB cables here that sound different on the same hardware. (shrug) Again, the reasons for that are not mysterious, hidden, or even particularly interesting to most people. Peter of course, not being "most people." -Paul
  15. Intel NUC with a fast i7 processor for Roon

    LOL! It's quite okay, it happens to all of us. First we start simple, then it gets massively complex, then - it gets simple again. This is simple for a player - https://www.amazon.com/Intel-DN2820FYKH-Celeron-N2820-support/dp/B00HVKLSVC You can add memory and a small SSD for a pretty low cost. It's sounds pretty darn good using the USB to drive a DAC. But you still need to run the room "core" on something. The should be a nice beefy beastie, especially if you intend to ever hold a library of your own music, or do processor intensive tasks like transcode to DSD. I typically use a Mac Mini with an i5 to run Roon core, running MacOS of course. But you can successfully use just about any computer with an i3 or better in it, you just have to pay attention more to limits. -Paul
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