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    Fuck in snow

    Grill cover would cost more than that thing is worth.
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    Fuck in snow

    Yay! Snow is here! Pic was taken a few hours ago - probably 4-5" at this point.
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    Not sure if there are other Throbbing Gristle fans here, but there is a NYT article on Genesis P-Orridge and her declining health.
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    What are you listening to Part the Third

    in hono(u)r of the upcoming midterms
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    RIP some fuck or another

    I'm very sorry for your loss, Craig.
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    ecp audio

    I am pleased to announce two new headphone amplifiers from ecp audio: the DSHA-1 and the L-2. The DSHA-1 is a fully differential (balanced) solid-state headphone amplifier. Designed for exceptional synergy with Grado headphones, it is an excellent choice with other dynamics as well. It is extremely clean, clear, and detailed yet tube-like in its warmth. The unique differential topology uses Lundahl amorphous core input transformers to provide noise free voltage gain (selectable to 6dB or 12dB) and high CMRR (better than 120dB at 60Hz), and MOSFET source followers for output power. The output is transformer coupled: eliminating capacitors from the signal path and allowing the DSHA-1 to work equally well with balanced and single ended headphones. Further, the differential nature of the DSHA-1’s circuitry isolates the signal from the power supply. In addition to an exceedingly quiet amplifier, this means that bass transients are not powered from large capacitor banks, and mids and highs do not pass through noisy electrolytic capacitors. The L-2 is a single ended “spud” parafeed tube headphone amplifier for dynamic headphones developed out of the L’espressivo line of DIY projects. As a single ended tube amplifier utilizing a single 6S45pi tube for both voltage and current gain, the L-2 has the musicality and liquid clear midrange tubes are known for. However, because of the novel shunt-regulated biasing arrangement, the high performance plate load, the short signal path, and the extremely high quality parts used throughout, the L-2 surpasses the usual limitations of the SET topology. It excels in dealing with complex musical passages and heavy bass notes. Further, the L-2 is so quiet that even with sensitive headphones, you cannot tell whether it is on. There is no hiss, no hum, just quiet. The L-2 uses Lundahl input transformers, V-Cap parafeed capacitors, and custom designed, nickel-core, Electra-Print output transformers with both low (32 Ohm) and high (300 Ohm) impedance taps. All of our amplifiers are craft made in small batches and hand assembled in Chicago. The woodwork is hand made from sustainable stock at Pickett Furniture in Brooklyn, NY, and the metalwork is machined and finished in California. The DSHA-1 is available from $1995 shipped in the USA, while the L-2 starts at $2495. For questions, please email [contact at ecpaudio.com], or use the contact form at www.ecpaudio.com. More information is available from www.ecpaudio.com
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    Part Sourcing Assistance/Advice Thread

    Front Panel Express will cut a cover for you for about $15
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    ecp audio

    We're happy to ship to the UK
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    ecp audio

    The L3 is a single feed (not single ended) differential tube amp. The T4 is a parafeed differential hybrid amp. The T5 will be, if it every gets done, a more powerful version of the T4 that also does away with the parafeed cap. The T4 was designed to be less expensive by reducing the power and by eliminating a bunch of assembly labor. But within its output limits I think it is 98% of the quality of the other amps. There are of course a few things you can do with a higher budget, but they are mostly gild on a lily.
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    Listening Chairs

    It's kind of the very definition of being Ikea-looking. https://www.fastcompany.com/3063312/poaeng-the-little-known-history-of-ikeas-most-famous-chair
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    ecp audio

    Is amazing not good enough?
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    ecp audio

    The T4 is now available for preorder. More info at Beezar.com.
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    Listening Chairs

    I am not really a fan of Crate & Barrel, but I think they got this chair just right. It is not too expensive, and it is very comfortable. Compared to other Z Chair knockoffs, the proportions are good. Short of finding something actually from the middle of last century, that would be my go to.
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    Congratulations on the new kitten. Sorry to hear about the other news. The best thing you can do with that cardboard carrier is to throw it out - cats can break out of them, and they can run faster than you can. The book below is recommended.
  15. Windows 10 has antivirus built in and it works fine. Malwarebytes is good for other sorts of malware. Probably more important is locking the system down. There are a lot of default settings to disable, but once done it seems to be relatively OK.
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    19V Linear PSU for PC

    Very few, if any, components in a computer run off of 19V. There are doubtless myriad switchers throughout. What is the benefit of a linear supply here?
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    The (Round) Football Thread

    An interesting soccer stat - scoring second is better than scoring first: https://web.archive.org/web/20080829180544/https://www.salon.com/sports/col/kaufman/2006/06/30/friday/index.html https://www.salon.com/2007/05/24/thursday_252/ https://www.salon.com/2006/06/22/thursday_209/
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    What are you listening to Part the Third

    Oddly no, triggered by watching the Americans and hearing Squeeze which led to Sparks and then Joe Jackson. I somehow totally missed out on the existence of Joe Jackson until a few years ago when I was sitting in a bar in Brooklyn and was shocked to hear a weird version of an Anthrax song ... while I'm thinking of it ...
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    Security camera recos

    For the office, I might just leave a note on your sofa requesting the cleaning person to stop using it. Also, you don't really need video, so a motion sensing still camera would be fine, too. I'd assume they are all fine for watching the dog. I have an older Ubiquiti camera at home and run their DVR software on an old Linux box.
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    Security camera recos

    https://www.ubnt.com/products/#unifivideo If you want to use wifi, get your own router.