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  1. I have to write quickly before my crazy caped captor comes back in that thing he calls "Batmobile". I signed on here a month or so ago as a new member, and I was enjoying the site and interacting with the other members, when this loony person dressed in tights and a cape and wearing a pointed eared mask sprayed me with sleep gas. I woke up in this dark, damp cave with an odd combination of bats and computers. The kidnapper tossed me into a locked room and will not let me out, except to go to the lavatory. While I was out of the cell and in the loo doing my thing, I heard this crazy "beep-beep" sound out in the cave, and I heard my captor say, "I'll be right there commissioner". Then I heard that abominable car start up and screech its wheels. He must have forgotten I was still in the boy's room. When I opened the door the cave was empty, but there is no exit that I can find. I have no idea where this place is, so getting rescued will be a real challenge. Can anybody suggest a plan? Thank you.

    PS - I am really getting concerned for my HiFi system. It hasn't been used since my abduction, and it isn't used to long periods of neglect.

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  2. I came across this topic about the film "Guardians of the Galaxy", and I was compelled to relate an experience concerning it. I went to see this film with my family when it was released in theaters. I had just heard the song GATW playing on Sirius/XM radio in my car (70's on 7 channel) on the way to the theater. Then about 10 minutes into the film it comes blasting on the screen when Chris Pratt sticks the cassette in his sound system...  my reaction must have been a bit hyperbolic because people sitting near me were giving me looks! I just thought that it was so great to hear the song used in a new major motion picture. Truly a testament to it's timeless appeal. OK, I'll shut up now.

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  3. Silence Is Golden - written by Four Seasons keyboardist/vocalist Bob Gaudio and their producer Bob Crewe ( both from Newark, NJ).

    Covered by Brit group the Tremeloes, and the version that charted higher than the Four Seasons original

    The Tremeloes - Silence is Golden - Bing video

    1st RECORDING OF: Silence Is Golden - Four Seasons (1964) - Bing video


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  4. I just read earlier this week that Dick Van Dyke still dances with his young wife. He's in his 90's. God bless him!

    Dick Van Dyke sings and dances with wife Arlene Silver in their Everybody Loves a Lover music video - YouTube

  5. While I have never faced this experience ( restaurants, traveling, etc. ) with my own parents, whom both lived to their 90's, I have deep respect for children that reverse the roles and become "parent-caregivers" to their elderly and frail mothers and fathers. We had to eventually hire a live-in home health aide in the last few years of my parents lives, but it was worth every dollar if for nothing less than giving them the comfort, familiarity and dignity of living out the remainder of their time in their own home. 

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  6. Kirk, very impressive speakers! I admire people that design and build their own units. Living in California, you were near the facility of one of the best American speaker designers/manufacturers, James B. Lansing Sound, Inc. Commonly known as JBL! (Yes, they used the exclamation point in their name). If we were neighbors, we would probably have been at each others' homes all the time showing off our systems.

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  7. 11 hours ago, Rhonda B said:


    Does anybody remember these cassette adapters for your car? I used mine quite a bit. Cars had cassette decks back then. So when CDs came out you needed a way to play your CDs in your car. So you plugged the end of this adapter into your portable CD player with your CD choice,  and then you put the cassette adapter  in the cassette player in the car and everything worked perfectly fine and you could control the volume and settings from either the CD player or the car stereo  settings. I thought it was a pretty neat invention. 



    A very convenient device for the time, although there was tremendous loss of audio from the very clean digital CD tracks, and the very limited frequency response and dynamic range of the car's tape deck, but most ears would never notice it on a car stereo. I had one for a while and it worked well. Being an audio-snob, I bought the Sony unit! It reminds me of the early days of FM album rock. Very few cars that kids were driving had FM radios, so they came out with FM converters that went between the antenna and the car radio. You tuned the car radio to AM 1400 kHz and tuned your FM station on the converter. They worked very well. When the converter was turned off, it was bypassed and you had your AM radio back.

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  8. I scoured the internet and found pictures of my first real hi-fi audio components. The power amp, pre-amp and tuner were hand-built from kits by myself. The Garrard turntable was more form than function... a good-looking unit with so-so performance, clumsy tone-arm. The speakers were first-generation Dynaco A-25's, which were made in Denmark by Bang & Olufsen and were the fantastic bargain of the time. The Dynaco pre-amp, amp and tuner were all vacuum tube units and were fabulous performers for the bargain prices. Dynaco audio products were affectionately known by audiophiles as "the poor man's McIntosh". Not bad for a 16-year old kid washing and waxing big American cars at the local Cadillac used car lot to support his habit!






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  9. 1 hour ago, LC said:


    Lol—that was a thing. Size mattered when it came to speakers. 

    My question to our audiophiles Kirk and PowerPop: You're both equipped with turntables and cassettes (and reel to reel for PowerPop). But what about CD players? You must have classic old boxy CD players, no? 

    And what about an 8-track cassette player? 🤣


    I have a beautiful Sony SCD-C2000ES super audio CD player in my system. I never had an 8-track deck in my home system because the audio signal from this format has a poor signal to noise ratio, and high frequency above 8 or 9 kHz is virtually non-existent. In simple terms.... it doesn't sound very good. What amazes me today is how vinyl is making a comeback and CD's are vanishing slowly. I like them both. Also, the 8-track tape format was never meant to be part of a home audio system. These units were originally designed in 1964 by a consortium of Lear Jet, Ford Motor Company, RCA, GM, Ampex and Motorola to be used strictly in automobiles. This was before the improvements in cassette tapes had occurred and allowed for an entire album to be played continuously without turning over the cassette.  Below is a picture of the CD player I own. It is not an actual picture of my unit, but a picture I found on the net for expedience.



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  10. 11 hours ago, Raspbernie said:

    Back when the quality of your stereo system was determined by the size of your speakers.


    Actually, the quality of your stereo system was determined by your paycheck!! It took me many years to obtain all my individual components because I never had the money to buy the pieces I really wanted. I was fortunate enough to locate used equipment at quite a savings. All of my gear is from the mid 1970's.

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  11. 35 minutes ago, Raspbernie said:

    Here in Delaware, all of the pizza sucks. Enjoy it if you can get it!

    A relative of mine that owned a bakery in Brooklyn always said that success or failure of anything baked depended on the water. He said New York in general, and Brooklyn in particular, had the best water for his baked goods, including the pizza he sold from a window on the sidewalk (you could just walk up to the window and get pizza without needing to enter the store). Maybe Raspbernie could investigate the opportunity to make really good pizza by importing Brooklyn water? It could crush the competition!

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  12. Pioneer, Sansui and Kenwood were all part of the TRIO Electronics family. A splinter group of engineers formed Kensonic Labs and were responsible for the elegant Acuphase line of high-end components.

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