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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The best cat toy ever

Well . . .  except for the box they came in.  That was better.  I do not know why, but Nova is absolutely obsessed with my DM 2/7 tweeters.  I had better order a back up pair because I have a feeling that I am going to need them.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Stars are never sleeping

Well, I don't expect that there will be a gathering of the enlightened to help evaluate the differences between the Yamaha CD-S2000 and the Sony XA-5400ES SACD players, so I promise to do it myself.  I already have some impressions, and some concerns.  I think that they are still quite closely priced in the used market, but the release of the Yamaha 3000 series (have you SEEN the amp?  They added analog meters the BASTARDS) will probably drive the 2000 series prices down.  I believe that the Sony received glowing reviews in the US audio press (all two magazines- and magazines that review video games do not count) but the Yamaha did not, in fact I am not sure it was reviewed much at all.  Fuzzy phone picture attached. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Yamaha CD-S2000

My apologies, I have been busy with work (stupid patents) and other nonsense, so I haven't updated in a while.  many projects going on, including: http://www.Chermpf.com which I hope everyone checks out when they get a chance.  I plan to post a book chapter, and there are already some short amusing (I hope) pieces available.  But the REAL news for Bad Audio Reviews is:

Don't panic, it's a B-Stock, so not crazy expensive.  Well, that's not strictly true.  This purchase was not like the Yamaha CD-S700 that i bought for under $100, new in box.  But let's not focus on unpleasantness, shall we?  This is a brute of a CD player.  As you can see it is every bit as chunky as the matching amplifier.  It has the terrific Yamaha proprietary drawer mechanism and build quality the engineers of the Potemkin would be proud of.  So. . .  what comes next?  I am trying to arrange for some experts to come over and participate in a shoot-out, Yamaha CD-S2000 vs Sony SCD-XA5400 ES.  Only one can stay- I haven't the room and if I am going to sell the Sony now is the time while the market still bears around $900 for one in excellent condition.  Many other changes going on here- including furniture and cables.  Please stay tuned, awful review to come.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

In Dragon Green, if I remember correctly.  I came across some pictures of it while clearing out boxes in the office over the snowy weekend.  Yes, there is a story and no, it does not have a happy ending.  I'll scan a few more pictures and provide the details when I have time to drink while typing.  it's the only way I'll get through it without crying. . .

Winter's Coming

Looks like it's here already.  If the news is to be believed, the White Walkers will be among us in no time.  Getting the mail today I half expected to see recycled Sandy bed sheets that read: "Where's FEMA?" up and down the block.  Honestly, I remember the snow that the tri-state area had in 1978, and even though I was quite a bit shorter then,  it seems to me that people have become considerably less resilient.  Doesn't bode well if something REALLY bad happens, like a run on Mallomars.  Junior at least, took things in stride and remained nonplussed in a basket near the radiator:


Friday, January 4, 2013

USB 2.0 Extender, DragonTail

I've acquired a DragonTail from Music Direct.  Probably could have gone with a cheaper option, but this wasn't really all that expensive, and it seems very well made.  I'll listen to it and post some pictures tomorrow.  One thing it certainly does is alleviate my concerns that I would damage the DragonFly or laptop USB port by bashing into it while I had it hooked up . . . night all, I'm beat.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The truth will set you something or other

So I am typing away at yet another revision to the book, and I can't figure out why the Inception soundtrack sounds like CRAP through my headphones.  Oh.  I forgot to plug in the DragonFly- I am just a miniplug direct out of the computer.  Quick remedy for that, and, ahhhhh . . .  all is well again.  And THAT my friends, is all the information you will ever need out of an audio review.