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    Sony BDP-S570
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    Nein, cassette decks
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    Pioneer SX-650 (Rec)
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  1. Well, things seem to be quickly falling apart. Santa Clara County in California, where the San Francisco 49ers play and practice, has banned contact sports for the next three weeks due to the pandemic. The 49ers have two home games scheduled during that span so they'll have to find some other place to play and practice. Since there is a rule requiring a 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling more than 150 miles out away in the county, I reckon the team will have to set up shop in a hotel outside of the county. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30408401/contact-sports-ban-leaves-san-francisco-49ers-other-bay-area-teams-limbo Also, a Denver Broncos quarterback tested positive for the virus. Since the team's three other QBs were in close contact with him without wearing masks, all have been deemed ineligible to play tomorrow/today's game against New Orleans. It goes without saying that this is a major setback for the Broncos. The Broncos say they will not forfeit the game, but that means they'll probably have to play their running back, Royce Freeman, or a practice squad receiver, Kendall Hinton, at QB since both have experience playing quarterback in their school days. Of course, these players have no time to practice for their new rôles and the coaches have little time to devise new strategies. The Broncos would have been underdogs against the Saints anyway, but now it would take a miracle for them to compete in that game. I'm sure the teams needing New Orleans to lose to help their playoff chances are not going to be happy at all about this development. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30408624/sources-denver-broncos-qbs-ruled-ineligible-vs-new-orleans-saints
  2. The namesake of the teddy bear, former US president Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt hardly seemed like the pink bow type...especially when he was going after US corporations and implementing national food and drug purity standards. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_bear We'll ignore Teddy Roosevelt's imperialistic foreign policy to keep a happy tone to this post. But, yeah, maybe the teddy bear needs glasses.
  3. Many of the popular classical music labels these days don't even pay the artists royalties. Instead, the artists are paid a flat fee for their recordings. Naxos is one such label and they've been using that model for over 30 years now. In some cases, classical artists/orchestras actually have to pay to get recorded. Sometimes these fees aren't necessarily paid out of pocket, but rather some sort of sponsor(s), often a cultural organization of some sort, will pay the fees. Ultimately, many classical artists/orchestras really make very little off of recordings, but the publicity of having recordings can help them market themselves. Some of the larger orchestras, like the LSO, have their own record label now. I suppose this helps them get a larger piece of the pie from streaming and physical media sales. Naxos and some other companies have a large classical music distribution system for smaller labels and so that helps smaller labels get their CDs into stores and their catalog of music into streaming services. Of course, Naxos has had their own streaming service for many years now in addition to licensing their own recordings and other distributed labels to the major streaming services. The Naxos Music Library is very popular with university/music school libraries and so they can make a lot of money off of that even if the number of individuals wanting to subscribe to a classical music streaming service is quite low. Obviously, the willingness Naxos has to record obscure music helps them tremendously in making a streaming service that fits the needs of universities/music schools. Klaus Heymann from Naxos has given many interviews over the years discussing the Naxos business model. Here's one such article if anyone is interested: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2012/May12/Klaus_Heymann.htm
  4. Meh, silver is for toasters. Well, that is unless you have one of these which is only partially silver :
  5. Many airplane cockpits are painted a turquoise color. This is mostly true with Russian airplanes, but even some western airplanes have/had those turquoise colored cockpits like the popular Douglas DC-9. I've heard that the turquoise color was selected on the basis of psychological researching showing that the color aids in staying calm and also alert. The color may also aid in providing visual contrast to make the gauges standout better. I'm not sure. Klassik knows not what any of this has to do with Hi-Fi. DC-9 Sukhoi Superjet 100 Tupolev Tu-154M
  6. Here's some avant-garde music from Australia.
  7. Here's Australian Christmas...in German! This one is in English. Well, Australian English at least.
  8. Sometimes some of Beethoven's works are given more credit for being revolutionary than they deserve. Perhaps an example of this is the famed concert where Beethoven's Eroica Symphony debuted. At the same concert, Anton Eberl's E-flat, Op. 33 Symphony debuted as well. Eberl was a composer of fame at the time. The Eberl symphony was certainly more conservative and, thus, more positively reviewed by the critics at the time. Having said that, listening to the Eberl does show some of the elements that Beethoven used in the Eroica like a mini-march type quality in the slow movement. Anyway, Beethoven did in some ways preview the 20th century a bit with the original last movement of his Op. 130 B-flat String Quartet, the Grosse Fuge. The negative reaction to the movement was such that Beethoven wrote a new, more conventional final movement for that quartet (that revised last movement turned out to be the last complete work Beethoven completed before his death). But, yeah, the Grosse Fuge is usually still included in recordings of that quartet and is often performed along with the revised movement. But, of course, some of the old timers were doing interesting things. Here is Heinrich Biber's music from the 17th century which doesn't always sound like pretty Baroque music. Biber also played around with scordatura (mistuning on purpose) and such. This probably isn't avant-garde, but here is a mid-16th century pot boiler from an excellent composer most everyone has not heard of, Tielman Susato.
  9. There was nothing ill-fitting about Marvin Zindler's false body parts! Well, I say that, but his hair piece looked a bit ill-ftting here.
  10. Houston news legend Marvin Zindler did a segment about ear pissing.
  11. Well, I bet that man has never heard the sound of Hi-Fi a Bajaj horn with greater clarity!
  12. I prefer 4'33". I much prefer the Cannabich.
  13. This is not really related to motion, but sometimes SD video looks better on CRT TVs than on an LCD HDTV where the image has to be upscaled. All this said, my geriatric () Samsung LCD HDTV from 2008 handles SD video and motion with aplomb. I most use it to watch sports...and I don't mean slow London like cricket and soccer.
  14. I've been playing around with disc error scanning on the Plextor using PlexUtilities since I got it. One interesting thing is that sometimes I actually get a slightly lower C1 error average when scanning at full speed (48x) than at a slower speed like 24x. The differences are very minute and will not lead to any audible differences, but perhaps that is some indication that the drive might actually read better at a higher speed than a lower speed. Perhaps the way the drive is calibrated leads to such a result, I don't know. Of course, results will probably vary by drive and by the condition of the disc. It's entirely possible that a disc in excellent condition might rip/scan better or equally at a higher speed, but that a damaged disc might rip/scan better at a slower speed. I know that some optical drives, Pioneer ones come to mind, have adjustable options using utilities to adjust the way the drive reads discs. For example, speeds can be limited to reduce noise and also adjustments can be made to give speed priority over accuracy. It might be worth looking into those options if one has such a drive.