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About HiWire

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  1. The Americans

    Reviews of the DVD sets seem to agree with this, too. I'll finish the first season and see how I feel about committing to the rest later.
  2. The Americans

    I'm obviously late to the show, but the first episodes have been fantastic so far. I'm disappointed that they only released the first season in Blu-ray... if I like it enough, I'll have to settle for DVDs of seasons two to five. The retro '80s soundtrack is great and they've done a good job with historical detail so far. The plot has some gigantic plausibility holes, but it holds together from a dramatic standpoint (i.e., a "realistic" espionage show would be incredibly slow, boring, and basically unwatchable).
  3. What are you listening to Part the Third

    Carrie Rodriguez + the Sacred Hearts – Lola
  4. What are you listening to Part the Third

    Matthew Sweet – Son of Altered Beast I've been wanting to listen to this one for years... finally found a new CD on Amazon.
  5. What are you listening to Part the Third

    No Doubt – The Beacon Street Collection
  6. Blu-ray playback on the Mac is a pain in the ass... I looked into it a while ago and decided to do Blu-ray stuff only on my Windows computer. I've used Pioneer drives in my desktop computers since Plextor stopped making their own. This seems to be the latest one: https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Computer/Computer+Drives/BDR-211UBK Theoretically, it supports Ultra HD Blu-ray, but online reviews indicate a weird situation with HDCP 2.2 support and Intel SGX – you might need Intel's Kaby Lake for it to work. I think regular Blu-ray playback should be fine with something like PowerDVD. I wish VLC could add Blu-ray support... content protection is still a giant ball of fail for the consumer. The good news is that there is no region coding on Ultra HD Blu-rays.
  7. Bose L1 1S vs JBL Eon One Pro

    It's that magical time of year again. Black Friday-Cyber Monday! I've been asked to purchase a PA system for speaking events, and I'm trying to narrow my choices down to 2 portable, compact systems. The Bose L1 1S is slightly more expensive, and it requires a power cable. The JBL Eon One has a battery for cordless use. I've read that the Bose sounds better and it has a wider dispersion pattern. Otherwise, the two are similar, with bass units at the bottom and compact built-in mixers. Does anybody have experience with this new generation of compact PA speakers? I think either speaker will be good, almost overkill, since we probably won't need them for music playback very often.
  8. A Pipe Dream

    I'll have to make a point of visiting some cathedrals for their pipe organ music the next time I'm abroad. Also, I'll look into ways of synthesizing organs. There seem to be a lot of options out there (obviously, the most accessible way of doing it is simply playing an electric organ on a MIDI keyboard or in a program like Garageband): https://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/1102873-what-best-pipe-church-organ-keyboard-organ.html http://www.pykett.org.uk/choosing-a-virtual-pipe-organ.htm
  9. A Pipe Dream

    Thanks, I'll check those recordings out! The breadth and history of the repertoire is huge. I think the modern view of pipe organ music mistakenly implies something solemn and monolithic when it is actually life-affirming, varied, and complex.
  10. A Pipe Dream

    I was just listening to J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (a delayed reaction to Hallowe'en) when I had a bit of an epiphany... why do people send their kids to take piano lessons when they could be learning the pipe organ (common sense answer: because pipe organs are crazy big and complex and expensive and rare)? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toccata_and_Fugue_in_D_minor,_BWV_565 The Wikipedia article suggests that Bach may have composed the piece to test pipe organs... do people use pipe organ repertoire to test their music systems? Listening to this piece on my computer speakers, I can understand why pipe organs are used for liturgical purposes because of their power and frequency range, but my interests are purely secular. I blame author Alan Bradley for piquing my interest – his detective/chemist heroine, Flavia de Luce, discovers a dead pipe organist in the church's tomb in the novel Speaking from Among the Bones (also, I strongly recommend the Flavia de Luce mystery series). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe_organ Also, I always thought I was too dumb to understand them, since all those keys and pedals are kind of intimidating. A synthesizer would cut down on the size and complexity, obviously, but even electric organs are a bit complicated compared to the piano. Who else is interested in pipe organ music and pipe organs? I always thought pipe organ music was kind of boring as a kid, but I'm pretty sure that is because I only associated it with church music.
  11. What are you listening to Part the Third

    Reverberation Radio – meticulously curated classic and rare tracks (free podcast station on iTunes – some of the recordings are a bit lo-fi and/or mono because of their age, but the music is brilliant): http://reverberationradio.com/
  12. Ipod Touch / Iphone

    I'm glad to hear that... have you heard about this AirPod audio hack: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16664958/airpods-bass-hack-diy-foam-covers-how-to I'd be hesitant to try it myself, but my bigger problem with Apple's earbuds has been that they always fall out of my ears. I bought a set of Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear wired headphones a few months ago to replace my old Klipsch S4i after they died (after 8 years of good service). They work surprisingly well for me with Comply tips and they're a huge audio upgrade over the Klipsch at a similar price.
  13. Ipod Touch / Iphone

    I just realized it's going to be a pain in the ass to re-download all the apps because Apple removed the App Store functions from iTunes and my wi-fi is slow. First world problems... they should create a separate iOS section in App Store on macOS and Windows. That would reduce the downloading time, especially for people with multiple devices. The other thing I noticed yesterday was that I like the idea of wireless charging because you don't have to take out the Lightning headphone adapter. One foot stuck in the past, the other in the future... the reviews of Bluetooth headphones have not been impressive.
  14. Ipod Touch / Iphone

    I'll give the wipe a try later on. There's nothing much installed on the iPad, though.