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  1. It’s clear that amongst a few teams in the middle and lower orders, minimal fuel, extreme tyre management and fuel saving is the order of the day. If they are then presented with an opportunity for points if they push harder than they had planned then Sunday is what you get. It would be nice to see teams be more aggressive with tactics but when you have three engines and they have to last an entire season a lot of people are just looking to drive a conservative race and hope they pick up points on the way.

  2. It was a mis-calculated gamble. If Vettel got past he could have achieved fuel savings while staying ahead of Ocon. But he burned a lot of fuel trying and failing to pass the Alpine. The team gambled and lost. 

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  3. 3 hours ago, TheFlash said:

    My point is that even in the rig including optional master clock, the Mutec MC-3+ (which is driven by the same dCS master clock, natch) improves the sound.

    That I don’t doubt, and my points were not meant as criticism of your system but commentary on the practice of relying on upstream clocks. As it turns out yours does not because it is sync’d to a master clock. Like my Teac.

  4. 6 hours ago, TheFlash said:

    The DAC in my main rig is dCS. It's old dCS but still dCS and they're something of masters in the digital domain. Elgar Plus DAC, Purcell upsampler, Verona master clock and Verdi La Scala transport. Total RRP £30,000+ back in the day.

    Maybe you meant a good modern DAC.

    It is still poor practice, even if they charge you lots. But there is a global clock there so that is their ‘get out of jail’ card and demonstrates that you were incorrect in your assumptions. They aren’t simply slaving to the input clock if there is a ‘master clock’ in the equation. They are slaving to a superior master clock or a signal synchronised to that clock. It is no where near as simplistic as your original statement.

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  5. This is now progressing swimmingly! Having gotten the hang of getting more obscure DVD’s correctly recognised (the original Chinese film called Hitman is now called Contract Killer to avoid confusion with the game inspired films) I now have a 100% identified rate and two titles so far scrambled and unplayable. The other 222 ripped so far seem OK! I am on the last leg and envisage that my main titles will be fully ripped in a couple of days. I know I have a few TV box sets under the stairs (under ten years worth of detritus) but I can do those at my leisure. The main thing is we are now watching the films that interest us and, another surprising fact is that many are quite different to the TV edits we are used to. I will have used less than half the 5tb I have in the box so plenty of space to fill gaps in my collection. 

  6. 8 hours ago, TheFlash said:

    Have you heard one? This is simply not true. If you're using USB, your point is valid but if you're using SPDIF then the clock comes with the "music" signal, it is not added afterwards by the DAC.

    That is actually considered poor practice in digital transmission domains. I’m not surprised some gear works that way as it makes the gear significantly cheaper to make. But a good DAC should detect incoming 1’s and 0’s, re-make them and re-clock them locally. Like a Benchmark DAC. The original input should be completely discarded along with any noise accrued along the way. The reason a lot of DAC manufactures don’t is because they’ve simply split a digital source from the DAC section without regard for input/output buffering and processing. 

  7. What is strange about all of this is the longer it goes on and the louder that RB protest, the more I’m convinced they are genuinely rattled. 

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  8. 27 minutes ago, tuga said:

    P.S.: it's not uncommon for us to attribute a change to the wrong cause, more so if we don't have a deep knowledge of the technicalities and consider the measurements, or if the variable affects more than just a signle parameter/aspect (which it generally does)


    I have to fundamentally disagree. The right answer for an enjoyment based hobby doesn’t have to be the technically correct or complex answer. If people are listening more and buying more music, they have gotten it absolutely right for themselves and their circumstances. Doing what we do isn’t rocket science, and there is no danger of us skipping off the atmosphere into deep space if we happen to get it wrong.

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  9. 3 hours ago, tuga said:

    I agree that ultimately it will have an impact on the sound reaching one's ears, and thus our perception of the "music"

    Still it doesn't affect the "music" directly, it distorts the signal and D/A conversion. One could be feeding a test tone or a recording of a passing train and that would also be distorted. The problem I have with the word "music" is that it enters the realm of perception and emotions, and makes the discussion a lot less clear/accurate.

    Jitter-inducing clock issues can be a problem and should be address. If they are a/the problem to begin with.

    Unless you are familiar with the concepts of digital theory and practice then you won’t get technically accurate dialogue. It means you have to drill down to see if the attempted communication is viable technically. It is also near impossible to as a lay person to divorce emotion from discussion about music and it’s reproduction. I for one certainly see the communication of emotion as being an important factor in this hobby which will draw me back to the music or stop me wanting to listen, sooo…🤔

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  10. 17 minutes ago, tuga said:

    I could be wrong but I think that the clock is part of the digital data stream.

    That is technically correct. But in view of the fact that the clock can have an impact on the music, the original statement can also be acceptable with the appropriate supporting information.

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  11. 1 hour ago, monya said:

    Not best pleased to read that ARC have discontinued their CD players, especially as I have a CD9. Hope they kept spares back should the transport give problems but given its a Philips pro - hopefully not.

    Their gear is getting too expensive these days and I reckon you can get the same quality sound for less. Probably a lot less.

    I imagine that their biggest issue will be to get enough premium bits to justify a top of the range product. Pretty much everything else on the market is using cheap computer drives. I wonder if they have plans to move to streaming. They wouldn’t be the first to decide that spinners and streamers can’t co-exist in the same product lineup. You might even argue they are reacting rather late to all of this!

  12. 16 minutes ago, MartinC said:

    Didn't Michael Masi specifically ask Toto to go to the stewards during the race rather than send emails though? 

    Toto contacted him and asked him to look at his e-mails. He stated that he did not look at e-mails during a race at which point Toto told him he was coming up to see him. How or if that relates to the stewards I’m not sure.

  13. 1 hour ago, darthvadersdad said:

    Sounds like there have been some slapped wrists handed out over the 1st lap incident Mercedes Toto Wolf & Red Bulls Christian Horner it seems took it upon themselves to visit the stewards uninvited. All teams have been formally warned and future transgressions would incure a penalty and concidered a breach of F1 rules. Ooer missus!🤪

    That strikes me as sensible. It all went slightly nuts in the heightened atmosphere following the crash. But I guess the team principles get to do that while others get on with figuring out what needs to be done with the cars left.

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  14. The Indonesian film is identified! First twist was to find the Indonesian word for “Killers”. It threw up three titles none of which were correct. Then after some reading I discovered the film was actually an Indonesian/Japanese co-production made by the Mo Brothers. Search word “Kirazu”, (Killers in Japanese) and up pops the title. So 100% of ripped disks identified! My only issue now is I’ve found a couple of disks that rip but are scrambled on playback, and one which simply kicks you out of the Home Theatre app as soon as you try to play it. 

  15. 27 minutes ago, Jail4CEOs2 said:

    But it's safe to say if there are streaming services, they will have massive libraries.

    Massive, but by no means exhaustive. The biggest problem with streaming services is that you begin to limit yourself to what they offer unless you have an alternative perspective. An eye opener for me recently was realising that despite subscribing to three film streaming services there are a lot of very good films in my DVD collection that aren’t on any of these services. These aren’t obscure hidden gems. My guess is that at any given moment 90% of people are only streaming the most popular 10% of content. Personal ownership of all media is and will remain essential in my view. 

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  16. What happened was:

    1. Lewis’ fault. The penalty was deserved. In the event of two cars arriving at an inevitable coming together the car behind (Lewis) and/or the car furthest off the racing line (again, Lewis) should yield. 

    2. Necessary, not least for Max’s development. 2nd is better than a DNF, a lesson Max needs to learn. The moral high ground doesn’t win trophies.

    It was pure unadulterated luck Lewis was undamaged and another 0 points finish for him would have finished his title aspirations. That said, I enjoyed the victory and I am not unhappy that Verstappen now has more to think about when wheel to wheel with Lewis. 

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  17. 90+ DVD’s, 700gb+ ripped so far. I’ve figured out how to correct DVD’s not properly tagged by Zidoo’s Home Theatre program. All are now correctly identified except one Indonesian language film called Killers. Every English and European language film with that word in the title comes up but not the Indonesian title. I might try a search using Indonesian rather than English at some point but it isn’t really a big deal. Four very recent DVD’s won’t rip due to copyright protection (or rather they do but take many hours as the ripping program tries to correct the issues). And some rips force subtitles which again I suspect is a copy protection thing. But we actually watched a lost gem called The Gift last night. One of those films with an ensemble who are all stars in their own right these days, a decent story arc with a nice twist at the end. So far, very happy with the results.

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  18. 16 minutes ago, TheFlash said:

    surely it just makes sense to use the superduper lead into the purifier, to the benefit of all powered devices,

    Logical if you only have one cable but I’d be inclined to pick a component that would benefit most and use it there.

  19. 2 hours ago, andrew s said:

    I suspect @Ceko ment the output of the filter. I.e. the input to the audio hardware. Regards Andrew 

    The point is, the best place for a filter is at the far end of the cable. When you put a cable between the filter and the hardware you risk undoing some of what the filter has achieved. You can ignore the cable if you don’t believe they have any impact but they are still there. This point is made not because I believe in cables. I use what the manufacturer provides. But because it is good practice to place filters physically and electrically as close to the hardware as possible. 

  20. 2 hours ago, Ceko said:

    I really don’t understand this. If you have a filtering system, it’s the output what matters right?

    It is the input that matters. The input to the hardware you are using the filters for. Normally a filter is applied at the input to a device. If you have to run cables from the filter to your devices it would be understandable if those cables had  additional features like shielding or geometrical attributes so no issues are introduced post filtering. All in theory of course.

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  21. 1 hour ago, Bazzer said:

    @Maverick Don't be nicking any of this , I'll be watching .

    The first band I was in was a warm up act named The Radiators.
    Then I joined The Duvets and mostly did cover versions.
    After that I was in an outfit called Cats Eyes doing middle of the road stuff.
    Following a bit of a fall out we reformed under the name of Missing Cat, you’ve probably seen our posters …

    There’s a first, never seen plagiarist proof humour before! Anyone nicking that would need to be really desperate!

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  22. A small update on this. I’ve ripped a few DVD’s and put them on a portable drive for test purposes. The media player found 8 out of 10 automatically, providing wall art. I haven’t tried to manually update unidentified ISO’s yet. I have a good deal more ripped and ready to drop onto the 5TB HDD that arrived yesterday. I will get that formatted today (it needs to be done before it goes into the player) and do a trial run with significantly more rips, some of which are TV series. The RTC battery is fitted. I was able to get it done without breaking the seal on the base so no worries there. The difference? From off it boots up and updates from default to your local time in about a second. With the battery it remembers the settings at power off and updates times in about a second… I can’t see any other differences yet. Amazon are delivering a SATA to USB cable today to enable formatting and file transfer with my main storage drive. I’ll update again soon.

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