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Ryan seems to be a "push the limits" kind of guy…



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Aquarium Music Server -- A super performance audio computer built into an aquarium


Tweaking it will require a certain determination and a service pit:


"Mineral oil has the dielectric constant of teflon, helps to damp vibration, and allows us to fully submerge the CPU/Motherboard in liquid."


But possibly it comes with a service contract ...

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With a thousand watts of dissipation you could deep-fry your dinner to go with the music. 5 GHz is some heavy duty on-the-fly transcription of music formats.

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I have seen the serious over clockers do this quite often, but - $18,000? This is obviously some kind of sick joke aimed at audiophiles by some ratbag... :)


For $18k, one could do, this and add some great sound too.





Mine was better than that at its best. The ambient noise would have been incompatible with a sound system. $18K is probably a mid to low estimate, fwiw.

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My wife insists it is a joke.


She is probably right.


The mineral oil would slowly dissolve the acrylic. They would have to use a glass tank. Also, what is the likelihood their "server" and its various cables is oil-proof and leak-proof? Why would they keep the cheap fluorescent light thing in the top. IIRC, that thing also has a filter build into the top.

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One has to wonder how many of those they've sold.


aquarium devotees may be even more nuts than audiophiles. combine the two and I'm sure oodles of money can go down the drain...

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Hahaha! I thought it was going to be auto racing! Core Audio cracks me up for many reasons. It would not be very nice for me to disparage them here, suffice it to say they do some things I completely disagree with...

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Mine was better than that at its best. The ambient noise would have been incompatible with a sound system. $18K is probably a mid to low estimate, fwiw.


That's a DIY tank done for pretty cheap if I recall correctly. Noise is a serious problem of course, though I am going to put up a micro or pico tank next week..



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Speaking of dual purpose computer chassis:


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Get LEDs: eg Kessil LED Lights


I am actually thinking of this little jewel. It come sin larger sizes of course, from 8g up to 120 or something like that. But a 4g Pico Reef sounds just - cool to me. Not sure how successful it will be without a skimmer, but 4g? Can do 20% water change every couple of days.




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Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat DAC.

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