1. Audio gear, children and concessions.

    I’m a dad so I have little ones running around the house, they are usually
    calm but can also brake stuff at an amazing speed, sadly they love my
    stereo because all of those little knobs.

    First concession, I must keep my gear hidden behind glass doors or covers,
    this also means I must cover my loudspeakers.

    Second concession, if they brake stuff I can’t get angry at them, I need to
    explain why they shouldn’t brake my stuff. I only got upset and loud when I
    found my older one chewing the cable of my cellphone charger, now I was mad
    as a bat because she tried to hide it from me, plus the thing was actually
    charging the cell so she could get hurt from her little stunt! I’m sure
    she’ll never try it again.

    Third and final concession, I can’t hear music like before when they are at
    home. If you want to be a parent and enjoy sitting down and hearing some
    music forget about that until they are old enough.
    Meanwhile buy some good headphones a portable amp and a good music player
    and try to hear music before bed because loud music will be a no no with
    kids at home, unless its music from their favorite movies or series.

    BTW if you got floor-standing loudspeakers beware your children, those
    woofers will get pushed inside faster than you can say “Let it Go” lol.

     
  2. Cleaning the stereo, don’t worry about the magazines above the receiver, the power sector was disconnected because one channel is dead, so I only use it for FM.   
    Yep the Kef are decoupled with foam…those glass doors are evil I know but I must live with them. For critical audiophile BS I have headphones, in fact you can see the PSU from my headamp on the magazines. It’s waiting for the revision of the amp. 
    Btw the receiver is stacked above the CD player because I’m lazy, one of these days I’ll change it’s place.

     

  3. Cable calibration, Audiophile Fail For Fools.

    I now have a new abbreviation, it’s the “AFFF”, sadly I think I’ll use it
    often.
    A certain cable company that I shall not name has a service that made me
    laugh and face palm all at the same time.

    It’s called speaker cable calibration and certification, the audiophile
    companies never stop to amaze me in all of their BS glory.

    Looking at the cable and knowing that in the past, someone actually
    dissected one of the brand in question, I can understand why they need to
    be calibrated for certain systems, it’s not just a cable, if you get my
    idea.

    So besides buying a expensive ass cable, you also need to buy a expensive
    ass service.

    AFFF because a good laugh is not always enough.

     

  4. halalbacon:

    The human brain is an amazing organ. It functions 24 hours a day from the day we are born and only stops when we are taking an exam

    (via blake500)

     

  5. The NwAVGuy mystery.

    I have a deep respect for the NwAVGuy work on the O2 amplifier and like so
    many other enthusiasts around the audio circle I wonder what happened to
    him, so I really wish he is well and happy.

    There are some theories behind his disappearance. NwAVGuy’s death or the
    death of someone near him, got a job on a big ass company and must remain
    quiet, JFK style assassination paid by some audiofail companies (this one
    is a joke, OK) or maybe he just got tired of all the circus behind
    audiophile gear and stopped working for community for free.

    Removing the death by assassination, I think all of those options are valid
    but I’ll go for the real death of NwAVGuy. Nobody knew his age for sure so
    he might have kicked the bucket without telling his family about his
    endeavors. If he is alive I’ll be truly happy, but after so many calls from
    the community and so many time gone by, something really went sideways in
    his life for sure.

    Dead or alive his legacy will not be forgotten by the community.

     

  6. Reblog if you still buy CD’s.

    (Source: tigerblush, via thelumberjock)

     
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  8. manchannel:

    "On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit.’ As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high." - Ayrton Senna

     
  9. historicaltimes:

    Armoured samurai with sword and dagger c. 1860

    Read More

    (via thegardenandtherain)

     

  10. JRC4556, shipment prices and other rants.

    Sometimes I really hate living in Portugal, If I want to buy some JRC4556
    for my low impedance headphone amp I must pay 18€ of shipment doesn’t
    matter if it’s 1 or 30 op-amps, if the purchase doesn’t go above 65€ the
    shipment must be paid.
    I get people must get paid to make my shipment but 18€ for some ICs sent
    via UPS airmail, what about normal mail these days?
    I’m not in a good mood because I can’t find that JRC chip locally.
    Requested 10 samples to the JRC factory but I really don’t believe they
    send them to me. Grado uses that 4556 op-amp for a reason, it drives low
    impedance loads like a marvel even if audiophiles say it’s a piece of shit.
    Curious note is the fact many audio companies use it for their headphone
    stage…yea engineers know better as usual.
    I have lots of JRC op-amps but none of them beats the 4556 specs for the
    low impedance applications.

    On a side note I had cold feet about two of my favorite diy headphone amp
    websites and downloaded both using Wget, I know its wrong to mirror a
    website but I have a feeling those sites will go down the drain one of
    these days.
    I also download manually some important Korean forum topics made by the
    amazing Sijosae, about 120Mb of data safely stored for future reference.

    Sijosae made amps from 2002 to 2006 and they are really amazing things
    layout wise. These days I think he enjoys cycling more than headphone amps
    and I understand him because they guy build almost all diy headphone amps
    there was to build and also designed some more, so yea I’m sure he got
    tired of diy.

    I must admit one thing, building audio gear isn’t a good idea on the long
    run, because I don’t want to have tons of gear stored at home, I must think
    about what I’m gonna do with old projects. Electronic gear is a bit futile,
    it’s different than building a wood box, a chair, table or any other type
    of long term projects. Even so it’s really fun to do on my free time so I
    don’t want to stop now.
    Believe or not I didn’t have resources to do this kind of stuff when I was
    a teen, stores on my area were expensive and I didn’t have the internet to
    help.

    Anyone has some JRC4556AD chips to sell for a decent price? I shall sit
    down on this one. lol it will be a long wait.

     
  11. Civilization IV Theme - Baba Yetu - Peter Hollens & Malukah

    Another one I had to buy on Loudr, Flac version for the win.

    My two fav artists on the net working in perfect harmony! 
    Look at those Grado headphones Peter is using. 

     
     
  12. 24Bit and noise, a great video to think about.


     
     

  13. Not Selling DIY Grado RA-1 clones.

    Don’t get me wrong I love to build stuff but I draw my limit on selling
    clones, one thing is to sell a Cmoy amp the other is selling a RA-1 clone
    and actually using the Grado name to do it.
    I know that people need to make money but stealing a layout and making
    profit from it is wrong.

    Some of you will say that the RA-1 is expensive and has cheap ass parts, so
    it’s ok to do it.
    What this kind of BS thinking brings to the table is the fact you don’t
    have to pay for R&D, workers, or actually do any work besides stealing a
    layout, solder some parts and put them on a enclosure, that’s it.

    One thing is to build something for fun or to give to a friend the other is
    selling it knowing its based on the hard work of a company.

    So don’t ask if I can make and sell you a RA-1 clone, go build one or buy
    one from Grado.

    Some say the RA-1 is overpriced, I think the price is fair because its made
    by US workers, they put a lot of work on the amp believe or not, I’m sure
    those enclosures are not cheap to make.
    It’s so easy to claim something is overpriced looking at the parts but what
    many people forget is that there is R&D time, searching for parts, testing
    the amps, teaching the workers to make a new item, paying the workers,
    insurances, taxes, etc.

    A DIY lover doesn’t need to worry about those things, but she/he should not
    make money from commercial layouts, that’s my opinion and if you sell
    clones you should be ashamed.
    I’m using Grado as an example but it applies to any other design cloned
    from other company.

    You should be happy companies don’t actually hunt down sites that share
    their layouts, but that can change if they start losing money.

     

  14. A really cool Jazz Station.

    http://www.smoothfm.iol.pt/ if you like Jazz…

    I didn’t like Jazz until one day I was bored at work and my coworker left this FM station tuned on the radio…It’s growing on me this jazz thing, maybe it’s a age thing…LOL. 

     
  15. chiisai-fukurou:

    I had to clean the carburetors of my motorbike today because It didn’t run properly :)

    You can see the installed battery compartment as well :)
    It is a really tight fit and you need to remove the air filter in order to get it in or out but this way I was able to include the wiring terminals into the battery compartment (^-^)

    If you run an R50/2 regularly you should not encounter this problem but this semester was tough and I didn’t have too many chances to run it and this caused the petrol to gum up inside of the carburetors and clogged one of the nozzles (^-^;)

    On the third photo from above you can see one of the nozzles that were clogged :)
    I saw people clear them with a nozzle gauge…. don’t do that it screws up the nozzle and the gauge :D

    You can see one of the floats as well :)
    They are tiny works of art :D
    The brass is really thin and soldering them is very tricky :D
    I did repair one some time ago and had to resolder it  in the process (°_°;)
    I felt very happy once I was done :D 
    The Bing logo looks very nice too :)

    By the way mine still has the original carburetors :D
    Many owners of this model decided to install bigger carburetors to increase peak power but to be honest I don’t think I really need this extra power :)
    Most of the roads I ride on are limited to 100 km/h and I can go up to 140 km/h with this configuration :)
    The  acceleration is good too :D 

    One of the things I like about this motorbike is how the tank and front light look while riding it at night :3
    Lights from other light sources seem to flow over them like water :3

    It is a little dirty right now (>_<;)
    I have to keep it in the garage because there is some construction stuff going on at home and I don’t have running water at the garage (-_-)
    So all I can do right now is to wipe off the dirt from the motor and wait for the construction stuff to be finished :)
    I hope it will be done next week (^-^) I can clean my motorbike then and then I have to bring it back to the garage because the house will get repainted some days later :D

    I had some fun trying it out and adjusting the carburetors :3
    It sounds really awesome. I have to confess that I’m kind of a bad role model thou because I rode it wearing a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers (^-^;)
    It feels awesome to ride a motorbike like that until you reach speeds over 50 km/h :D Usually I wear protective clothes and a helmet thou so today was an exception ;)

    I wish all of you a great weekend (^-^)/

    Because BMWs are always good to reblog.