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  1. I found out today that a close friend from Chattanooga, Jimmy Burgess, passed away on August 16th. I met him through Mensa, but he was a bit atypical of the people I normally come across. He had more stories than almost anyone I've come across, including being a pit boss at Harrah's, carrying duffle bags of cash to deposit at a bank after a big day at Ringling Brothers, stationed in Hawaii during a stint with military intelligence, and he'd always join me after meetings for the after party, which sometimes involved a few, but often involved the two of us going somewhere and drinking/talking for hours.

    Most of the time I've known him, though, he was working at a recycling center. He'd often have people drop stuff off which was still in good working order, so he wound up liberating it from a sad fate. He lived across from my grandmother's house, and I had a ~cousin who lived next to him and found out they would barter/trade all kinds of things.

    There was a time we were at a dinner and I'd mentioned that my receiver had a channel die earlier that week. At the end he was like "follow me to my car, I have something for you." (No, Steve, not that.) He had a 1200$ Denon receiver that was pre-HDMI, so it was being tossed. The audio section, however, worked flawlessly, and continued to power my Rega Jura speakers in TN until I moved out.

    Last year, I had a friend who had been abused by her then-BF with whom she lived. She didn't have anywhere to go, so I called up my buddy Jimmy and he got ready and went and rescued her from a bad situation, took her out to eat, talked and drank for hours, then got her set up in a hotel for a couple days. Today, she's doing great, has an amazing new job where she's even been able to pay for her mom to get two surgeries she's needed.

    When I moved out of TN, my house had been a wreck, and all the packing/boxing up/getting rid of stuff that was supposed to be done by the kids' mom hadn't been started. We spent hours and hours while I was there for 4 days working on it, and he kept going over and taking care of anything that needed to be done over the next month while I was 2500 miles away.

    He was a good friend, and I'm so glad we got to hang out in July when I went to Chattanooga to visit, just didn't realize it was going to be the last time I saw him.

    RIP, Jimmy. 1943-2023

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  2. Diet Coke and The Beach Boys

    5th row center, but the bloody chairs were aligned wrong to the stage, so it was just a hair left of center, but still, not too shabby.

    The Beach Boys obviously had to give it up to the greatest Beach Boy, Sir Uncle Jesse. Sadly, he wasn't there this day, but they're playing Vegas in a couple weeks, and I wouldn't be surprised...
    Uncle Jesse Tribute.jpeg

    The Beach Boys covering The Ramones - Rockaway Beach  


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  3. 4 hours ago, morphsci said:

    Wasn’t me. I have a Rega.

    Was thinking for temporary/secondary system, just after a move or something, but looks like it was @mikeymad who had one for a second system.

    But, seems like it was I who posted something about the wow and flutter being less than ideal:

    Guess I could only remember about half of the conversation from 8.5 years ago off the top of my head. Alas.

    But if you want to do just one speaker, and have it be decent, you could try going with a Klipsch The One II. Amazon has one for 159.99$ (normally 300$), has switchable phono pre or stereo line in. It also does BT so she could hook her phone up to it and have music that way.


    But, congrat to her for being into it at all! Hope she loves it.

  4. The Pro-Ject Debut III at 249$ should be better than the Sgt. Pepper's Essential III, theoretically.

    All of these below have built-in preamps, and most of them (if not all) can be switched off if she wants to start fucking around with a money pit of audiophiledom.

    The Sony does have BT and USB, so while we may cringe at that, it could be a big selling point.

    She like the Beatles? 50% off the Sgt. Pepper's Pro-Ject (249$)

    Black Pro-Ject Debut III (249$) (normally 500$; see a pattern?)

    Need BT? Sony for 250$

    If you wanna chip in some, I've been happy with this Denon with 2M Red, but unfortunately it's 150$ more than when I bought it

    This one is the cheapest most people should go, and it used to be about 100$, but they added an X to the model name and it's 149$ now. Bright side, if you wanted it tomorrow, you could go to Target or Guitar Center and get it, though price match to anywhere if at Target, as it's 169$. Colors: Black, Gunmetal, or for some reason, Brown.

  5. On 8/21/2023 at 8:01 AM, Knuckledragger said:


    As I have said before, I find the perspective distortion brought on by the wide angle lenses on smrtphnes to be greatly disconcerting.  Nice doggo, however.

    I like doggoes

  6. 1 hour ago, blessingx said:

    Here's my short review - last week I bought a second one. ;) 

    I'm using with the LCD-X (20 ohm) and LCD-3 (110 ohms), with different settings. This is built for IEMs up with various gain and IEM-match settings. Basically you try to target 12 o'clock with whatever phones you use. Do I think as a transportable rig it matches the Hugo 2 (on loan)? Not quite, the Hugo is a slightly more balanced, but at this price of $399 versus $3000 if it gets close I'm happy. I'm happy. 

    Man, I need to get a job so I can buy things on a whim again. I miss those days.

  7. 17 minutes ago, mikeymad said:

    Hey Ric, it looks like the link is still working, and I am getting more courious. This may work for me in my current use case. But I was wondering about the 'Sounds good', what was your rig with this? I was thinking about pushing it with my laptop or new tablet, and having it drive the AT-L3000's for now. (48 ohm)

    thanks in advance.


    Ooops. Accidentally found a link that has that amp PLUS Senn HD800S for 1499$.

    I hate when that happens.

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