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  1. At 6’2”, 170 lbs (42 long, 33” waist, 36” sleeve length), I couldn’t comfortably drive the road version GT40. Dan Gurney was 6’4” and did pretty well in his race car - but the interiors are entirely different. More accurately, the street version has an interior and the original race cars did not. The street GT40 has 2 1/2” less headroom, 5 1/2” less shoulder room, and 9” less hip room than the Supra / Z4. Legroom’s within half an inch.
  2. The CPU is the rate limiting point for DSD in either device, assuming both have enough RAM. With the same processor and RAM, there’s little to choose from between them. SQ should be identical, if everything else is the same. A NAS powerful enough to do everything Roon core will do is going to cost more than the equivalent NUC.
  3. No. Unless I've missed it, iPeng is only for iOS. JRiver has a built in web interface called Panel that lets you control it from any device with a browser, regardless of its operating system. The instructions are HERE. JRiver also has a remote app for Android and iOS called JRemote (instructions HERE). It's worth trying if you're not thrilled with Panel. I've used it from its early versions (before Panel was introduced) and I like it a lot. But Panel is already in JRMC, and I believe JRemote costs a few dollars. So you might want to try Panel first.
  4. OK - let's be serious. AS is a welcoming community. But we really should limit our lighthearted spirit to harassing each other and breaking newbies in before getting silly with them. It was an inappropriate way to greet a new friend and I/we do know better than this. Blame it on end-of-summer madness and communal Covid craziness. The first step in assessing what you think is a new idea is to find out if it's really a new idea. Without trying to be harsh or negative, this one is not. People have been stuffing speakers of all kinds into chairs, couches, coffee and end tables si
  5. Sorry - Yamamoto laid out bait too tempting to resist! The bass in live music generates a kind of composite energy that’s palpable as well as audible. But it does so without physical contact, which I believe is a critical distinction. No acoustic instrument generates enough energy to add more than a minuscule amount in vibratory stimulus to that reaching the auditory cortex through airborne input via the middle ear and bone-borne conduction from the skull above about 40 dB over threshold sensitivity. Even amplified instruments won’t physically vibrate your bones unless they’re f
  6. "MEMO TO ENGINEERS: add "gastrointestinal normalization" to DSP settings
  7. Actually, many non-mammalian species either make new hair cells throughout life or regenerate them in response to trauma. Sadly for us, “mammalian auditory epithelium lacks the ability to regenerate hair cells spontaneously and whether it is even capable of significant regeneration under additional circumstances” is questionable (quoted from this excellent scientific summary). Stem cell research proceeds, but we’re a long way from approved clinical uses. As Kal appropriately fears, gaining entry to the living cochlea has many potential complications including total hearing loss, men
  8. The question is what you want to do with it. As I said above, I have a NuForce iCanDo, which was designed for iStuff. The lightning connector was introduced shortly after this device, and it works fine too. I’ve played my iPhone 7 and a few of our iPads through it with no problems at all - and SQ is excellent. The iCanDo has a good DAC and a solid headphone amp that drives my AKG701Qs with headroom to spare. But it also has a coax digital output. So you can use it to drive most headphones, to drive line level inputs through its RCA jacks, or as a simple converter to give you a d
  9. OK! The more you improve, the more likely you are to recover most or all of your preinjury hearing. No one knows for sure what causes these effects because there’s no way to examine the inner structures of a living cochlea. Theories include microtears of one of the membranes that then heal, biochemical “shock” in the mechanisms that maintain / restore the ionic gradients that trigger impulses from hair cell deformation, etc. What a fine holiday present - enjoy!!
  10. Stranger things have happened than finding a reliable Fiat. Here’s my first one, bought new in 1971. It dragged me, my guitars and a fairly large amplifier to many gigs without a problem of any kind. I loved that car!
  11. To be easily seen by traffic moving around them when they stop running. [just a riff on an old motoring joke about legendary Fiat reliability - the new ones are apparently almost as robust as real cars 🤪]
  12. A fine choice for a mentor, even posthumously! Duane used to wander into the studios and play on whatever was being recorded, entirely without credit. He could play any style and was far more of a musician than most realize. I recommend finding anything on which you can identify him as a sideman. His sound was unique, and most early Allman Brothers albums are excellent “electric” music for evaluating and enjoying good audio systems. Duane had a smoothness to his sound well beyond the even order harmonic distortion of intentionally pushed output tubes. We didn’t know much about ca
  13. It’s relative. I hoped for a musician, but we only got a drummer......
  14. I got mine started a bit younger. I bought a ratty MG Midget from one of our residents to do a frame-up restoration with them. “We” spent about a year on it, with each learning to do a surprising amount and do it safely. They grew up with a few race & vintage cars in the garage plus a full machine & welding shop, and it did take effect. Now 38 & 41, they’re both enamored of cars. Having grown up with serious audio stuff as well, they know their way around that too. I even run one Raspberry Pi as a dedicated JRiver server so they can listen to our
  15. I fully support that. I was able to get one of the few Z3 coupes that came to the US. A close friend had a ‘98 M Coupe, and I thought the body was gorgeous. But I didn’t want the intensive maintenance the M required (like adjusting solid lifters and a host of other old school issues now long gone from Ms), and he had a few failures (brakes and electrical) in year 1. So I set my sights on a Z3C. I happened to be passing a BMW dealer in ‘99 and spotted her parked against the wall. I made an immediate U turn across a 4 lane road, pulled up to confirm her identity, calle
  16. Yes indeed! It’s like spending $10k on an external power supply to save those pesky peaks from the demon’s clippers 😝 I started racing in 1967 (1275 Austin Cooper S). We drove to the track, took off the hub caps, removed the loose bits, raced, and drove home. An open trailer was a rare luxury in the pits at solo events and regional races. Within a few years, closed trailers were becoming common and the first big rigs started showing up at amateur meets. I got so frustrated that I quit - guys were spending tens of thousands a year to win cheap trophies. There was no way
  17. Laces??? Do you realize how much laces weigh??? We don’t need no stinkin’ laces! But seriously, race cars are often limited by class to specified minimum weights. Low powered cars can benefit greatly from optimal distribution of that weight. So every 5 pounds in the right places can cut a few hundredths from lap times. Sprung vs unsprung weight can affect handling. Lighter wheels and tires can help acceleration, as can a lightened flywheel. As a result, many well engineered cars need ballast added to remain above their minimum weight. Adding it to increase strength or otherwise im
  18. Nomex underwear doesn't come in red. Neither do serious race cars - paint is weight! Until sponsorship money caused FISA to change the rules in the late 1960s, Ferrari told his builders to put only enough paint on the cars to comply with the FISA rule that cars had to be painted the official color of their country of origin - so they stopped spraying as soon as it was sufficiently reddish. Colin Chapman used no paint at all except when racing rules required it. This is the 16th Lotus 7 made. Here I'm behind the wheel at a MidOhio vintage event in 1988 shortly after I restored
  19. It's a little soon to be accommodating a loss - the odds favor that you're noticing a real improvement. This is a tough call both because the time to start testing was the day of your injury and because your rapid subsequent sense of improvement suggests that it will resolve fairly well. Objective testing would have helped identify the nature and severity of your initial injury as well as potentially treatable injuries like a dislocated stapes or a round or oval window fistula. Followup testing would have helped determine the extent and rate of recovery. You may well recover on y
  20. If you’re truly improving, the prognosis is good. The sooner improvement occurs and the more rapidly it progresses, the more likely you are to recover at least a fair amount of what was initially lost. Complete recovery is not an unreasonable expectation if you’re really hearing better every day. But that’s one major reason for hearing testing - you could just be “getting used to” it. Only with objective testing can true improvement in function be documented. If you’re not at all dizzy or unsteady, the prognosis is also better as shown in many many clinical studies. Assuming t
  21. But I am, Mark. I’m board certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and I provided care at the two major academic medical centers in our region (both also level 1 trauma centers) for a few thousand patients who suffered head & neck trauma of all kinds, from explosions, gunshots, industrial injuries etc to simple blows to the head from a fall or a fist. Acoustic trauma is often part of such injuries. The urgency is in finding the few things that need and are amenable to r
  22. And that's why you need an otolaryngologist - what you suffered is called acoustic trauma, which usually causes no external sign of injury. But the damage that can be done to the bones of the middle ear and the structures of the inner ear can be extensive nonetheless. A fractured or dislocated stapes cannot be seen when looking into the ear canal. If there was sufficient bleeding to rise above the bottom of the tympanic membrane, it can be seen - but that's not common. A fistula (an opening through one of the membranes that seal off the inner ear from the middle ear) is not visible at all u
  23. I'm more than shocked that you'd be put off by an otolaryngologist's office if you called and told them that an inner tube exploded next to you and you immediately developed muffled hearing in one ear with persistent diplacusis. Unfortunately, only a few causes of your symptoms are directly treatable - but at least two (a labyrinthine fistula & ossicular damage like a fractured or dislocated stapes) may be repairable. This is not an elective evaluation. And although the cause will most likely be an untreatable diagnosis of exclusion, this is not a foregone conclusion. You ha
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