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  1. Is it possible to delete an account? How? thanks
  2. Thanks Barrows for those sobering words of warning about the impossibility of protection outside of unplugging. I think I'm going to keep things unplugged unless I'm using them, regardless of any products I buy to protect them.
  3. Nice topic, cjf. Here in Bangkok, we seem to get a lot of lightning and until recently, hardly paid it any mind. Then, last week, my McIntosh 2300 preamplifier wouldn't turn on. Between the time it worked and the time I tried to turn it on two days later, we definitely had a storm or two. Thankfully, all that happened was the it blew out a fuse; however, that made me acutely aware of the potential dangers. And when the storm brewed up last night, the first thing I did was unplug my preamp and amp. I have been investigating the issue of power conditioners for a few years (it always takes me forever to finally buy something) and I am totally sold on the positive contribution to the sound and especially, the preventive protection to the electrical system of PurePower's products. Essentially, they run everything off of batteries and when there is a severe problem, the batteries blow, not your system. I first heard of them on the McIntosh forum at Audio Aficionado. PurePower Home just my thoughts... ron
  4. Thanks Gussy, I'll have a look at it. I must have at least 6 versions of this already, but I'm always eager to hear a different interpretation.
  5. I suddenly remember how my high school GF insulted me when she broke up with me on the telephone: "And I hate your classical music!" I'm tempted to insult her here, but nothing I say could compete with her quip above; although, if I had her number, I might be tempted to ring her in the middle of the night and share a selection of Schoenberg's piano music. ron
  6. Thank you all. I will try as suggested. About shrinking the volume, I used the system tools to do this. as an aside, this afternoon, I reinstalled XP. What I was hoping to do was to see the Win 7 administrator's desktop (that's me) so that I could grab some files that weren't showing up in Win 7 because of a problem I had with a virus that turned folders on my USB drive into .exe files. When I (perhaps foolishly) ran a program I found online to fix the virus, it worked, but it also made many folders on my usb drive and an important work folder on my desktop invisible to Win 7 explorer. I know it didn't delete these because on my iMac, I can see the folders on my USB drive that I can no longer see on my Win 7 computer. Very confusing and frustrating. Anyhow, thanks again for the advice. I really appreciate it! cheers, ron
  7. Could a windows' knowledgeable members please advise me about the computer I just messed up? I was running Windows 7 on one of the two 250GB partitions of my hard drive (on a windows computer). On the second partition, drive D, I used shrunk the partition by 20GB to create a third partition, let's say drive E, of 20GB. Then, I installed XP onto drive E. The problem is that I could not reboot into Windows 7 so I reformatted the drive E partition to erase Windows XP so that it would have no choice but to boot into Windows 7 on drive C. Alas, it has messed everything up. Now, I cannot access any OS. I naively thought it would be like OSX on my iMac, where you can simply point to a volume with an OS to boot from. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you, ron
  8. I too am thrilled to have a classical musician —Wow, Julliard!— writing for CA. I've been eagerly awaiting your Sonata review.<br /> <br /> Cheers from Thailand,<br /> ron<br />
  9. That's great you keep us up-to-date on what's happening at CA. Someday, I'd like to attend an audio show. It must be a blast. And the Sonata review will be well-worth waiting for I imagine (Carly Simon's Anticipation is playing in my ears).<br /> <br /> thanks,<br /> ron
  10. Thanks Chris! Usually, I eject teh disc before disconnecting, but I must admit, before I learned about turning off the media library indexing feature, I'd sometimes get impatient and disconnect drive improperly in mild disgust Now, more than ever, I'll follow the rules to avoid losing files. Happy New Year, ron
  11. I'm so happy to hear that! Really, your forum is the best, unquestionably. I worked in a university library for many years and can't get my head around the idea that we should not direct others to the information they seek, because it is located somewhere else. That you encourage this speaks voluminously about your character And actually, the place I suggested to realhifi does not allow users to link to outside sources Oh, may I ask about the December Sonata review and guest (or second) writer you mentioned previously? Happy New Year, ron
  12. Hi realhifi, I adore McIntosh gear (recently bought a MC275 tube amp and C2300 tube preamp) and would love to get the 1100 cd player, but it's beyond my budget at the moment, and it's gonna' be a long moment I fear:) I hope I'm not breaking any forum rules but I would strongly suggest you visit the Audio Afficianado site, where you will find the most incredibly helpful and knowledgeable members regarding everything McIntosh. enjoy the shopping, ron
  13. esldude, Thanks a bundle for your advice. I've been busy with work and haven't been reading too much on CA so didn't see your comment until tonight. Luckily, I thought to give the windows' Error Checking utility. It took 12 hours or so to scan the drive, but after it finished, I was totally floored to see that all the file were back and intact. I think the master file(s) that index the drive somehow became corrupted. In any case, I am so happy to have resolved this favorably. thank you again ron
  14. Hi Nemick, Why don't you give The Classical Jazz Quartet Plays Bach or The Classical Jazz Quartet Plays Tchaikovsky a listen. I think this might be right up your alley http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Jazz-Quartet-Plays-Bach/dp/B000H8RVCU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1324115650&sr=8-5 cheers, ron
  15. Still planning my purchase (it always takes me years to buy something) but my online research points to Synology products as relatively reliable and very user-friendly. You might give them a thought in your quest. thanks, ron
  16. Hi DM, I was in your shoes previously. Please let me give you a short version of one possible way to do this. Get a free account at http://imageshack.us/ Then upload your photo. They will then provide the html code to insert into your CA post, which will link your post to the picture you've uploaded and it will appear in your post. good luck, ron
  17. Here is a free program that can split files, assuming you have (or create) the cue sheet goldsdad mentioned. http://www.medieval.it/cuesplitter-pc/menu-id-71.html One point I noticed from reading the short forum supporting Medieval CUE Splitter is that Flac files do not divide cleanly due to some issue of how they store data. Better to convert to a wav files and then split. hope this helps, ron
  18. Unfortunately, I don't use iTunes. I attach the drive to my WD HD Media Player directly and use its player. But I don't think the media player is the cause although I could surely be wrong. What is so strange is that one folder, the H folder, reports the disk is unformatted. The rest of the A-P folders are fine. Only the Q-Z folders disappeared. Anyhow, I am so happy you replied to my plea as I felt a little abandoned. I've only used the drive to copy some of the files onto another HD. When I get time, I"m gonna' investigate more closely. thanks again, ron
  19. Can anyone help me? I lost some music files I ripped and I'm not sure if it was a HD beginning-to-fail issue or come kind of virus. Here's the story. Western Digital external HD. Files cataloged in folders alphabetically. Suddenly, the folders Q - Z are gone. And interestingly, I can access all of my other files except those in the folder labeled "H." When I try to open that folder, the computer tells me the disc is not formatted. I ran recovery software, which interestingly, showed the files I had previously deleted as recoverable, but there was no sight of any of the current files from the disappearing Q - Z folders. I'm running Windows XP on a Sony FZ series Viao laptop. thanks, ron
  20. Peter, You might have been (or are now?) a cubist painter in a previous life. I say this because your post on describing how your DAC sounds reminds of the issues Picasso must have faced when making the jump from one to multiple perspectives in his paintings. I imagine how acutely he might have felt that the vocabulary and grammar of painting were unable to represent reality. He must have been frustrated. Perhaps, he felt for a while he couldn't paint. Then, one day, he had the inspiration to show his subjects from different angles all in one painting. In your case, it seems like a suitable framework for even beginning to describe your DAC is lacking. Sure, you could mention the soundstage etc. but that would not satisfy your deep expectations for a "true" description. Well, it is my hope that you break through this challenge and create a whole new way to describe DACs, in the same way Picasso created a whole new way of painting. Oh, I'm just continuing in the spirit of Peter's post. I'm not an art historian so please don't humiliate me for any inaccuracies. And I hope this is still in the spirit of the thread, as we've been exploring how one might describe their favorite DAC, or at least facing the difficulties of trying to do that. Happy Friday evening from Bangkok ron
  21. Glad you like your WD player Paul! Actually, I like mine too. Really, it has been a workhorse these past two years, and there are some CDs I've ripped that sound very nice through it—I don't dispute that. When I first hooked it up to my new McIntosh and Sonus Faber gear, I thought to myself that if I must spend the rest of my listening days to this then I will die a happy man. However, as the weeks went by, I started to notice what the WD player did not do well. It reminded me of when I was listening to my Sony laptop through NAD and Wharfedale gear in Korea. I couldn't put my finger on why it was not satisfying to listen to but there was always something in the sound that did not entice me. It was good but not alluring, cute but never seductive. Bertrand Russel wrote that in coming to terms with a new philosophy, one must first believe it. Next, step back and disbelieve it. Finally, after such a consideration, one could arrive a balanced perspective. (My paraphrase) Now I am in the stage of disliking my WD player. last night, in fact, I was listening to some chamber music by Michael Haydn, and I thought to myself how nice it sounded, but strangely, I was a little annoyed that my perception did not match my expectation. But when I put on the symphony No. 2 by Brahms,I again confirmed my dissatisfaction with it. Anyhow, it's a merry-go-round for me, sonically speaking. I surely didn't mean to belittle it. For the price and the things it can do, it surely is marvelous. cheers, ron
  22. I hope you don't mind I shifted the topic just a bit Paul. After a hot, humid walk in the November Thai sun (We're blessed/cursed with heat every month), my DAC might be compared to a tepid,cloudy, and ever so slightly polluted drink of water. It is not too unhealthy and quenches the thirst well enough, but I would not want to serve a glass of this to a friend. Still, it does do the job, and occasionally, it sounds nice. But I want to listen to my classical music and there the weaknesses abound. It pains me to describe further... I am envious of your DACs. The way you all described them was both elegant and eloquent. In comparison, mine is a joke. Actually, I don't even have a DAC. Technically, sure, there is some DA conversion going on in my Western Digital HD Media player, but really, I am biting my nails until I can buy the Oppo 95. I must have the most unbalanced system on CA. McIntosh tube preamp and amp with Sonus Faber speakers, mismatched with the WD player. But I blew the budget so far out of the water with these purchases, I still can't imagine asking my wife for more gear. Soon, though my patience with the Media Player will end and I will beg her, but until then, it's Muddy Waters for me Let me reply again in a few months. Then, I might well wax poetically in purple prose. cheers, ron
  23. I just wanted to share my incredibly positive experience with a retailer in Thailand. And of course, I am in no way associated with them other than as a very happy customer. I have been trying to find headphones for my wife. I like Sennheiser but it is not easy to find a full range of them at stores or online here in Bangkok (at least I couldn't). Anyhow, I contacted invadeIT.com, an online site in Hua hin two hours south of Bangkok, where I've bought computer gear before, and within a week of and in response to my inquiry, they added a full range of Sennheiser gear to their website. Have a look at: http://www.invadeit.co.th/brand/sennheiser/sort/price/desc/ I sincerely recommend these guys of you have any computer or Sennheiser needs in Thailand. thanks, ron
  24. "Look for CA's first contributing writer in December."<br /> <br /> I'm excited about this Chris! Your work and writings are superlative, but one person can only do so much. It will be nice to see the additional articles from Writer X (anonymous until December I guess).<br /> <br /> And although it's still a few days away, Happy Birthday CA.<br /> <br /> ron
  25. Only 0.05%? Wow, I'm really surprised at this. Looking at this from an education perspective, that's too low. For the previous 5 years, I worked at a university in Korea, where we ran a graduate TESOL program with our partners, the University of Maryland. Every semester two faculty members visited us and they always insisted on 100% participation in the classes we taught. This interactive approach has been so drilled into me that I cannot help but suggest ways CA might more involve its readers. In a classroom, active students hardly need motivation to participate; no, it's the quiet ones, who require activities that fit their more introspective personalities. On CA, a poll seemed like a nice way to involve visitors in a mildly productive activity to supplement their reading. thanks, ron
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