Ed Howarth

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Ed Howarth last won the day on August 2 2014

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    Isle of Mull

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  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz 63 Mk2 Sig
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    SBT / Minidsp SHD
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    Quad 405
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    Quad 2912 2xREL S3
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    Sennheiser HD540 ref II
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Yes heat rises so space above is good. However the air has to come from somewhere and the orientation of those heatsink fins says that the cool air wants to come from underneath (best) or from the side (good). Air won't happily come in from the front or the rear.
  2. I remember reading somewhere that the 2 mic calibration files, when used with the correct mic pointing direction, *should* give the same end result, all things being equal. To me that makes perfect sense because the calibration files are designed to do exactly that. In practice I can see that there's going to be slight differences depending on what the Dirac designers think are normal heights of ceiling/furnishings/construction of surfaces/etc etc.
  3. And if, when you start doing the Dirac measurements, the volume is set too low or too high, I think it complains anyway.
  4. I saw Saucerful of Secrets in Glasgow, last year I think - Time seems to have lost its meaning lately Anyway, we were waiting for things to start and one of the roadies was setting up the drum kit, and as he was tapping each drum everything seemed so flat and uninteresting. Mono-noted, if that's an expression. I was a long way back so couldn't see the kit, but I suspected right off that it was an electronic drum kit, and without an awful lot of character. I've never been so aware of that fact at any other gig. And when Nick played it was......well, not very interesting. The rest of the music was great - no doubt about that - but I was left a bit disappointed in the guy who was, in his day, such an important and talented drummer. Maybe the DVD was recorded on a better night?
  5. Yup.I was lucky with Fragile because most of the album versions had different number of tracks so I could work out which was which from the liner notes. But I'm now ripping Close to the Edge and there's only 3 tracks so a bit more tricky. But working it out.
  6. I've cracked the Bluray (he said confidently). Quite good fun once you get the hang of it, but took a fair bit, and I wouldn't like to do a few hundred. Used MakeMKV and DVD extractor. That actually is the easy bit.... The hard bit is working out which of the 9 versions on the disk are the one/s you want. I started with Fragile. There's the original recording, the 2002 remaster, the 2015 Steven Wilson Remix (yay), an original vinyl copy, a 5.1 version of the 2002 remaster and a 5.1 version of the 2015 remix. Plus some rehearsal takes for the real geeks - some of which have been remixed by SW. Oh and an instrumental version (presumably for karaoke) When you get it ripped, it just calls each thing Title 1, Title 2, Title 3, etc. Really isn't easy to work out which is which. I just have to do the other 4 albums now.
  7. Sausages are wonderful, ta. Four and a half kilos, some done with certain herbs, some done with garlic and herbs, some with pepper and herbs, etc etc. All made, vacuum packed and ready for sale. And then realise we had no idea of which is which.... Answer is to list just everything on every label.
  8. That's the way I'm trying atm, but I've got waylaid making sausages. (As in creating them from first principles - and, yes, the kitchen is in a bit of a state!)
  9. Thanks all. Something to spend a wet and windy Sunday on.
  10. Just for a giggle I thought it would be fun to buy a handful of Yes albums on Bluray. You get the Steven Wilson remix on a CD and a Bluray containing a load of other stuff including a 24 bit version of the CD. It would be fun to compare and I'm a sucker when it comes to Yes. In my ignorance I thought the 24 bit audio would be as a flac in a folder. Hah! I was wrong. Also dbpoweramp which I use for ripping CDs can't oblige. I have a Bluray drive on my laptop and just want to rip the audio to a flac so I can stick it on my hard disk and stream it with all my other stuff. I can't find a free ripper (free to download, yes, but only trial to use versions). I'm surprised that there isn't loads of free stuff out there. Can anyone assist, please. Windows 10 by the way.
  11. You sure it's not the cd drive? Able to read the Table of Contents but not the rest of the disk? Does the drive play the cd audio all the way through?
  12. I have a DDRC24 that is surplus due to my buying an SHD. Bought in Jan 2019. Includes the power supply, remote and usb cable. An email to minidsp will transfer the software to you, including Dirac. I'm keeping the UMIC mic but you are more than welcome to borrow that for a couple of weeks or so to set things up. I paid 441 USD without the mic. (prob paid import duty as well, but meh). So that's about £330. What do you think? £200?