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    Hi, A few years ago, someone on this site started to produce a list of equipment where there was a type of mix and match approach, with description of the sound (subjective) and that person was pilloried significantly. I thought the idea was good, and the criticism was unfounded - so maybe explain what type of sound you want, and people will help with their experience, or maybe they can direct you to the thread they created. It is a starting point. Regards, Shadders.
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    It doesn't, it really doesn't need all the extra guff, it's audio nervosa.
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    I understand where you are coming from. However, having been around a long time through the early 70s when the mags used to comment on how it was constructed and display the measurements and would say it either did or did not perform to spec and no PRAT was to be seen through the period when they suddenly decided that things sounded different and came up with all the metaphors and similes to try and give a description of how something sounded. Ivor Tiefenbrun is the man to blame .. it was he who pointed out that stuff actually sounds different (he may not have designed a turntable in his life but he is the man who put things sounding different on the map). Well we know he is not wrong but the problem now for reviewers is, I guess, trying to relay all the information (from build to measurement to how it sounds). Through reading the mags and working in the industry and using my own ears there are a handful of reviewers whose opinion I trust (as I have had the same findings on equipment they have reviewed) .. my favourite being David Berryman who is getting on in years now and who is seen less and less in the magazines; What I am getting at is - by evaluating the kit the reviewers reviewed you will then be able to judge what to believe and not believe. What is amusing is a number of the reviewers appear in a number of magazines - so you get to read the same review almost at different times. I am also the eternal cynic so if the measurements look great and the comments are not great then I want to hear it for myself before passing judgement. There was a time when a guy called Chris Frankland the one time editor of Popular HiFI, where If he hated something I wanted to listen to it and if he liked something I somehow knew that nine times out of ten I would disagree with him. I like glancing through the hifi mags on train journeys and the like - I take most of what they say with a pinch of salt but they have their uses. They are all fallible - what is noticeable is the lack of consistency - HiFi world have a list of classic older items (for those who like to buy classic older items second hand) and it beggars belief that products they gave five star reviews for and awards for year after year are not included (Systemdek IIX springs to mind). Of course it is not limited to hifi - the car magazines are just as bad .. none of them will give you the information you really want to know (I ask my friendly mechanic for that advice) they all have their favourites and I doubt any of the reviewers have got anything like the experience of getting their hands as greasy as Jeff Beck does through working on cars. I guess if you change your car every two or three years all you are interested in is the warranty The answer to all this is - they are mainly advertising mediums and rely on advertising to make money .. so he who buys the most advertising space is likely to end up with the best reviews .. (probably why they do not use the likes of Dave Berryman anymore because he tells it as it is)
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    Luxman l507ux ii for sale. Mint condition. Boxed. Collection from Doncaster preferred. But will send by UPS if pushed. UK ONLY. Sold sold sold . Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
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    something a bit more gentle for the afternoon
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    Carey Bell - The Harpslinger Some great blues Qobuz Qobuz
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    Well it will cost money, so it can hurt. As others have said you can interference from neighbours never mind just within your own house. I did look into a dedicated spur but the consensus was it does not make any difference. I don't have a problem on my system, so why fix it.
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    the non-cat version, 24bit and sounding great
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    Aye, the Mrs loves her "bodies" on the TV, as she calls the whodunits that she's addicted to. Thankfully she has her own den to watch the blessed things in, and I have my music room. We plan a meetup at least once a fortnight, by prior arrangement.
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    it's a gentle start to the day
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    Linn once said that you don't need to clean the records from dust with any kind of tools. The needle of the Cartridge is the one that dips the deepest into the groove and gets the dust out. So you only have to clean your needle from time to time but you should not blow off the dust because you might blow it into the Cartridge housing.
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    I had a Kore. I now have a Keel in a Klimax level deck. So I have experience with the Kore in a very nice LP12 setup. As I've said before, the Keel is better, but the Kore is really good. I can see the Kore being the last sub-chassis ever needed. I had a Radikal, Cirkus sub, and Ittok LVII when I upgraded to Kore and Ittok LVIII. I was blown away by the improvement! Therefore, the Kore (cœur) has a special place in my heart.
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    well that had quite the impact! Led Zeppelin now up to position 2
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    As are The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (the latter bereft of their definite article in their highest appearance). If you add the two Beatles' entries they overtake Dylan at the top.
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    Update time One delay and reason after another means my speakers are still in Oz. Just when we thought the time had come to ship, Melbourne extended its lockdown for another month. The best case now is to have them on a ship before the end of the year now. Such is life, or so I am told. In the meantime, I thought I'd post this for anyone interested in live sound music reproduction. The lads at Lenard have just finished building this system to go into their live music venue. ' The Bundy Hall' in Gippsland Victoria (Australia). Live at the Bundy runs regular music events and has a focus on the very best live sound. Lenard wanted to update its previous LENARD inspired system that it built out of leftovers about 5 years ago. This was an opportunity of John Burnett to design his version of the ultimate in live systems and this is what he came up with. Here is a youtube clip if you want to see what it does in an outdoor environment. ( Use headphones for the full experience) A total of 16 x 15" drivers are used in the sub bass and mid bass. The sub bass drivers are in compound pairs inside the 4 folded horn bass units.4 x 4" diaphragm 2" exit compression drivers & 4 x ring radiators make up the 4 active band pass components. Power comes from 8 channels per side running in bridge for the sub bass and midsections. There is around 2kw available per side. The voice horns are 3D printed. While it seems like madness for a small country hall sound system, if you want a truly unlimited dynamic high fidelity sound in a live venue then this is how you do it! John Lenard Burnett who has probably forgotten more than any of us actually know about reproducing music in a lifelike manner, he is one of a kind. https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/uploads/monthly_2020_10/1631863767_IMG_9864copyLR.jpg.1df855319da2a050bc8fd465773998f3.jpg https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/uploads/monthly_2020_10/IMG_9839.thumb.JPG.74e4d3e10f38caf8161b559de6b30fca.JPG https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/uploads/monthly_2020_10/IMG_5746.jpg
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    Glass is better. But you need to be careful with the cables as they have a minimum arc limit (i.e. the amount you bend it) and people bend them too much and break the fibres.
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    You (not personally) can optimise the performance of just about any piece of commercial equipment. Things like grounding, PSU, electronic components, even parts of the circuit. Because this is (technically) out of reach for most audiophiles we tend to focus things we can change and tweak (i.e. cables, supports) but most of those things have little or no impact on performance and audibility. The best we (technically ignorants) can do is address room issues, optimise speaker and listener positioning and buy the best speakers our budget will allow.
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    Or go on audiosicences reviews and buy good products
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    Welcome back John! It’s not the place it used to be, certainly not as confrontational, which is a good thing but as a result a lot of the old ‘characters’ are gone. I’m mainly a lurker these days ..... What do you think of the ADMs?
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    I must admit I am baffled by the amount of modifications, tweaks and gizmos required on expensive digital front ends. Personally, I’d be questioning why it needs it.
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    When installing DSP's such as QSYS, Soundweb, Biamp, SoundStructure, Crestro - the majority use Dante. No fancy cables are used, just CAT6 STP and standard infrastructure cabling, some runs over are over 200m and traverse multiple patch bays and switches, no issues with audio dropout or signal loss even streaming 4k and 192/32. A piddling 2m boutique Ethernet cable or the ridiculous 'Audiophile' switch is pure snake oil. A well made CATVe is more than adequate for any standard SOHO network, I'd recommend CAT6 to future proof and reduce crosstalk and a half decent switch.
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    I do agree and I know people are trying to be helpful, however I don't think OP was asking for a critique on his advert, I think he was trying to use the forum to sell his house. not to your comment Martin which was helpful, but some of the comments in this thread aren't really all that nice. I'm not sure if anyone understands OPs personal situation, whatever it is remember that this is someones home and life, it's not ok to pull him apart because he's making the effort to post it on here. people do have feelings, especially when you're talking about something as personal & emotive as their home. I wanted to show a bit of moral support. good luck with the sale.
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    Dear Ll, I'm rewllly sorrt for not gettig in touch with all oy you. I unforyunatiely sufeered another injury wihch lieft me in aniyhrt coma. This time I;ve futhre damaged thor real brain. Sorriy for speling. I will be Ok when I fer srugs biyt I'm still in hospityal so jope to join the forumn again my soon. My friend to dire to contact people ai think Michael
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    Hi David, Just follow the destructions here : Out of Warranty Repairs. We are the UK distributor and Service Center for Musical Fidelity, and whilst we don't offer upgrades - we leave that stuff to the lovely Mr Sampson, we are quite happy working on anything from the oldest dust collectors found in the attic, to everything we currently sell. Obviously we quote before committing to any work on "Out of Warranty" kit so you are not left with any nasty surprises. If it's the same as the one I've just done then I charged £50.00 + £10.00 carriage for that job. Any questions then just ping me via Dave @ Henley
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    Ripping your vinyl is a complete waste of time and energy tbh
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    So was mine.. like new
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    Absolutely right to be sceptical. But on Earth phosphine seems to be an unambiguous bio-marker. Very different conditions in the clouds of a venus, of course, which are mainly sulphuric acid! Nonetheless the research team has proposed a tentative possible organism life cycle for the conditions known to exist in Venus's atmosphere. Apparently you need thousands of atmospheres pressure of hydrogen to form phosphine naturally, conditions only known to exist deep in the atmospheres of gas giant planets like Jupiter. And the phosphine signal is coming from the 'temperate' region of the atmosphere. An interesting coincidence. Call me an hopeful optimist.
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    Guy Garvey (Elbow) is of course married to Diana's daughter Rachael. During lockdown she moved in with them and he mentioned her frequently on radio and on Elbow's FB page. He spoke of her very affectionately and only recently was talking about how strong and vibrant she was. Such a shame.
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    Hi Mark My pleasure. It seems that the focusrite products don't have anti thump protection until you move up the range: Have you tried plugging a mobile phone into the same port to see whether it continues to charge when the pc is sleeping or switched off? (or even better, a more basic USB device that is unlikely to have any active power management circuitry in it; I don't know if phones can take a port out of sleep mode these days). I e. Is it possible that the pop isn't caused by loss of power to the device but loss of signal from the drivers? Then there is the wider issue that your drivers aren't working properly anyway as you can't set the hardware volume. I'm clutching at straws a bit but have you tried disabling / enabling (opposite of however you have it currently set) exclusive mode? Have you been onto Focusrite support? Fwiw the pcie card I am suggesting is a USB card (you could even try a cheap USB 2.0 p card on basis the drivers are less complex) not a whole new sound card although the latter could work to bypass USB entirely! Sent from my SM-N960F using Tapatalk
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    This is an awesome 'Live' album, beautifully recorded and contains a version of Miles "Flamenco Sketches" that makes the hairs on my neck, stand up! Well worth a listen!
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    In the past I have used KM's discOvery fluid(both pre and main wash) applied manually by brush using my Loricraft PRC3 machine. However, I wasn't too happy with its performance with this RCM, not in terms of the results which were comparable with other cleaning fluids like L'Art du Son, but in the residue it left on the applicator brush which went stiff on drying. Whether similar deposits would remain on the record after use I couldn't say. More seriously, it caused corrosion to the ferrous parts of the waste container system(hex. nuts & washers and to the screw top jam jar lid!) which had been until then corrosion free. These parts have since been replaced. Otherwise discOvery fluid was good at masking/removing old vinyl odour. Since being acquired by SME I was rather hoping that Loricraft RCMs would receive a makeover, but no sign of that yet. Whilst performing reliably well for the past 15 years, the waste disposal jam jar held on by a length of net curtain wire does give it a somewhat garden shed-crafted appearance!
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    There's nothing anonymous about the VV, its Spider here. Quite a long thread in the DIY room. An enthusiast first and foremost Tim builds them in his shed in Chesterfield *In the interests of transparency, we're close enough to have become friends, however I did spend my own money on a cleaner. It'd been demonstrated as a bake-off. One of my records skipped, it was cleaned and once dry, it played through with barely noticeable pop. Mark
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    The Robert Glasper Trio . Covered Recorded Live at Capital Studios
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    Hogging one's own thread is hardly good practice, but I think I should give this one a bit of a bump. I'm a bit surprised by the lack of interest in the topic, given the degree to which LP cleanliness can increase our enjoyment of the medium. I suppose that cleaning is just not as sexy as the bits of the system that go round and round and from side to side ... I do have another report to make. Working in consultation with the maker Jon Monks, Chris, the co-owner of our machine and a former aerospace engineer, has replaced and improved the effectiveness of the lid seal on the waste cleaning fluid container, and thereby increased the amount of suction at the cleaning arm. This has noticeably improved the performance of the machine, which was already very good. Today, I paid one of my regular visits to our local Oxfam book and media store. I have has my eye on a three LP set of Corelli's Opus 6 concertos by the Academy of st Martin-in-the-Fields, but it was in a pretty messy condition, and even at £7.99 I didn't really want to take it on. Today, I saw that it had been marked down to £1.99. Inspection revealed a rather dull playing surface with plenty of sticky patches and finger marks, but no obvious signs of damage. For, £1.99, I decided to have a go with them. On the RCM, I cleaned each record side in turn. I treated all the sticky marks and fingerprints with the Monks BreakTheMold fluid, using a dropper bottle and a small soft brush. I then ran two cleaning cycles on each side. All the LPs emerged from the process looking pristine. I played through all six sides, and all now have surfaces as good as the best in my collection. All in all, a very remarkable result. And the music is lovely, too. So, is there anyone out there who thinks that they should put off their next LP12 upgrade, and get an RCM instead? David
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    I'd agree with that in principle. But in this case, I'm sure that even the sceptic could find useful questions that it would be polite to ask ... ... or has left some sort of residue, which, I suspect, almost any fluid will do. I spent over half a century telling myself that thorough cleaning was not worth the cost and hassle. Now I know that, for over half a century, I was wrong. I'd now go so far as to say that access to a high-end cleaning machine is likely to be better value (in terms of musical enjoyment) than almost any LP12 upgrade. David
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    The honest answer is that, being a refugee from the now defunct Linn forum, I don't often venture outside the Linn Club, and it was natural for me to start the thread here. Not a particularly good reason, I know ... Incidentally, I do still intend to do a write up on the Keith Monks machine. But I only got my hands on it today, and I've been busy cleaning records and listening to the results. I have commitments until Wednesday, so hopefully I can provide some sort of report later in the week. David
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    I started a thread on the Audio Desk machine when I bought mine, a little under a year ago. My search for a cleaning device lasted a great many years (although not with much priority initially). My limited experience of most cleaning machines was that they are pretty much all just dryers, rather than cleaners, and that the result of the cleaning process on those was very dependent on the operator. I wanted a machine that took on the process from start to finish, with consistent results, so I looked at cavitation/ultrasonic machines. Colin at WYSaH took on the Audio Desk machine last year and invited me over for a play. I took an LP that I’d bought in a charity shop and that sounded like Friday night at the fish & chip shop, it was so noisy. After a run through the machine it had almost no surface noise at all (there was a little damage on one track but that’s obviously something cleaning will never resolve). I’m still using the machine (I’ve cleaned around 150 LPs so far) and have no issue with the high cost compared to the regular dryers. Mick
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    Yes, I too found that to be an interesting product, as are all the fully engineered cavitation machines. There are folk on this forum who have high praise for the Audio Desk Systeme, which is a somewhat more established product than the Degritter. My own interest in the Monks machine arose as much as anything because I could try it out for myself, and after so many failures down the years, that was important to me. When we think about record cleaning, it is important to consider (1) what form the various contaminations take, (2) how those contaminations get on the record and then contrive to stay there, (3) how contamination can be dislodged and (4) how the dislodged contamination is removed and disposed of. Effective record cleaning has to deal with all these issues, and every record cleaning method faces challenges in respect of one or more of them. In the case of cavitation cleaners, the reports suggest that they are effective at dislodging contamination, but there are concerns about how well they remove and dispose of it. The conventional form of cavitation cleaner rotates the disc in a bath of vibrating fluid (typically distilled water and surfactant). Dislodged contaminants remain in the fluid. If they are denser than the fluid, they will sink to the bottom of the bath, out of the way. But they will come a point in the usage of any particular fluid bath, when there is cross contamination from previously cleaned records. Filtering helps to reduce the rate of build-up, but will not remove all contaminants, like the oils left over from record manufacture. A second issue relates to drying. Both air drying and fan drying will remove residual moisture, but not necessarily any contaminants suspended within it. Vacuum machines (which have their own problems, of course) remove moisture and contaminants together, to a special waste fluid container. Note that, from my perspective, these concerns are essentially theoretical; our real concern is how functionally clean the records come out in practice. I am aware, of course, of the impressive 'before' and 'after' pictures on both the Degritter and Monks websites, but one picture does not a clean record make. Which is why I think that it is useful to share actual experience. In the end, it does not matter which is the best (or least worst) system; what matters is whether the records end up clean and fully playable. David
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    As a result of a request by Mac on ChemMan's thread, I'm copying over this info. I put together these two lists, with the help of fellow members....and please feel free to add new suggestions, or query existing ones. These lists are totally subjective and very much comparative. It is a broad guideline and is certainly not supposed to be used instead of a demo. It may help with with putting together demo lists and deciding what component may go with what. It's simply a place to start. AMP Brands categorized by how they sound: 1. Forward/Exciting/Analytical - Chord; Cyrus; Cambridge Audio; Audiolab 2. Clean/Detailed/A little Uninvolving - Linn; Moon; Digital Nad; 3. Neutral - Bryston; Rotel; Primare; Griffon; Hegel (Older); Nord 4. Neutral with a hint of warmth - Classe; Plinius; ATC; Mark Levinson; Creek; Rega; Yamaha; Perreaux; Sonneteer; LFD; Marantz, Parasound; Devialet; Hegel; Pass Labs (Point 8); Bel Canto. 5. Bold/Musical/Fun - Naim; Roksan; Exposure; Leema; Krell; Nad. 6. Slightly Warmer/Darker/Richer - Electrocompaniet; Musical Fidelity; Arcam; Audio Analogue; Unison Research Unico; Quad; McIntosh, Gato 7. Rich/Clear/Engaging/Euphonious - Accuphase; Luxman; Pathos; Sugden; Croft; Audio Research; Esoteric 8. Musical/Delicate - Lavardin; Coda; Ayre; Aesthetix; Densen -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SPEAKER Brands categorized by how they sound: 1. Slightly forward of neutral - Focal; Triangle; Monitor Audio; Elac**; Leema Acoustics; Klipsch; JBL(Domestic)**; TAD; Fyne Audio 2. Fairly Neutral - ATC; PMC; Previous Kef Ref; Gamut; Tannoy; Neat; Acoustic Energy; Usher; Totem; Vivid; Ophidian; Eclipse; Canton; Wilson Audio, Magico, Audiovector. 3. Slightly Warmer than neutral - Dynaudio; Kef Ref/LS50; ProAc; Diapason; Q Acoustics; B&W**; Dali; Linn; Cambridge Audio; Amphion; Heco Direkt; B&O; Meridian; Taga Harmony; Focal Aria range; Living Voice 4. Smoother and Richer - Opera; Rega; Epos; Kef R Series; Audio Physic; Spendor; Sonus Faber; Wharfedale; Tannoy Legacy Models, JM Reynaud 5. Old School/Traditional - Harbeth; Spendor Classic; Audio Note; Classic Sonus Faber **Inconsistant between models
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    I won't be exhibiting at Kegworth next year. I probably won't be able to attend even. I'm all for hearing new music, but that is a problem with many hifi shows you hear the same old music over and over again. Even if I have list I don't like hearing the same over and over, I prefer playing whole albums. At home I rarely play an album more than a few times a year. Not sure where you get the idea I only listen to the same music, I'm always on the lookout for new music and do play new music about half the time, artists I have discovered recently are Lori McKenna, Tom Baxter, Matthew Halsall, Lucero, Ernest Ranglin, Barnaby Bright, Shpongle, Kenny Chesney, William Prince, Joan Shelley, Luluc, Giles Peterson, J. Tillman, Ryley Walker, Modern Studies, Tow'rs, The Rails, Tinariwen, Fred Neil, Orquesta Akokan, Luke Winslow-King and Siobhan Miller.
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    "They all look the same"
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    Thanks for picking up on my French pun. And from the USA no less. Who says Americans aren't multilingual?
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    Hasn't improved your spelling either
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    Always wondered myself. No doubt it adds a perception of quality - in the same way a £2.99 pair of headphones are better if they've got 'digital' printed on them.
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    It doesn't all need it. Chord stuff needs it because it's crap. They spend all the money on fancy casework, use generic DAC chips and lousy switch-mode power supplies.
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    I always wondered who bought those cat litter boxes. Keith
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