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  1. Alarm companies make their real money with the monthly monitoring fees. They normally contract out the actual monitoring service. So the alarm company gets a monthly income stream from each sale of an alarm system. One can switch to other monitoring services which are cheaper, but inertia typically keeps you with the same service. (Similar to keeping auto or home insurance with the same carrier and not price shopping every so often.) Larry
  2. With a gun, worst case is that your wife hears something at night, gets out of bed with the gun and shoots and kills you, not realizing you went downstairs for midnight snack. Then she sells all your hi fi equipment for the price you told her you paid for it. Larry
  3. My understanding of counterfeit products from China is that there are two major types. First is the standard counterfeit, where someone makes something that looks very much like the original, but uses cheaper parts - particularly those on the inside, hidden from view. Most counterfeiters don't think you will be comparing their version to the original (if you could afford the original why would you be buying the fake version.) The more difficult counterfeit is that a company contracts with a Chinese firm to manufacture a certain product. The firm makes the goods as contracted, but then prod
  4. Our seniors group has chosen Goal Zero to recommend to our members for power outages which are becoming more common in the SF Bay Area and northern California, where we are located. They seem to be very reliable and can be operated inside the house (unlike a gasoline generator) and have an optional cart to carry around the house. The portable solar panels as an option can extend the life of the battery. The main use for most people is to keep the refrigerator plugged in at least a couple of hours twice a day - which will keep the food from spoiling if you keep the frig door closed except wh
  5. True story. We were taking a walk this past Memorial Day weekend with our daughter's family (2 grandkids 9 and 6) visiting from LA. With us were her friend of 32 years and her family and parents (2 grandkids 5 and 8). We were walking by St. Mary's College in Moraga CA, a small but pretty well known Catholic college near us. The five year old saw the college and asked, why is the plus sign standing on the hill. Our daughter asked him, "Have you ever heard of Jesus Christ?" He said, "Yes, my dad says it all the time." Larry
  6. John, thanks so much for all your work and your detailed explanation of how to use your decoder. The first step I will do is convert the files to 192/24. I have a Pacific Microsonics Model Two and Pyramix software, so I normally get really fine results in my digital rips. I'll then try the decode on the files. Thanks again, Larry
  7. John, I'm not sure whether you have covered this topic, but does your software work to decode dolby A tapes? I have been gifted (actually permanent loan) six 15ips 2 track tapes which are rough stereo mixes of 16 track analogue live recording (on 2 inch tape that I could also get on loan) that a quite well know recording engineer (he has more than 1200 listings on allmusic.com) recorded at a live jazz festival in 1980. He told me that the music has never been commercially released and that he actually was stiffed by the company who hired him to do the recording. So he had the tapes and gave
  8. I talked to Ken in 2018 about his Ampex ATR-102 tape machines after being connected with him by Nick Doshi. Ken told me about his room and we had a very pleasant, quite long chat . I didn't think I was hearing him correctly about the dimensions of the room! He had several Ampex ATR-102 tape recorders and many boxes of parts and accessories. I have a couple of friends who also have ATR-102's as well as my own two. So we went through his list of parts and equipment and made him an offer for those that we wanted. I never heard back. A little disappointed, but I dropped the issue. Now I und
  9. We were visiting the Cologne Cathedral in 2005 and when we finished the tour, there was an accordian player, playing the Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor. We stood there and listened. He then went on to play part of the Vivaldi Four Seasons. We didn't have any way of capturing his playing, but I think this is the same. Unfortunately it doesn't show him playing, just the Cathedral.
  10. Thanks for the clarification and explanation. Larry
  11. Thanks. Do you know whether the actual recording was digital to get onto youtube, or can you do an analogue recording of a live concert to get onto youtube. If it is digital, would it be hirez, like 192/24 PCM or 256 DSD, or something lower, hopefully above 44/16. If it is lower, then wouldn't that affect both the live recording and any digital recordings that are played back and recorded through the youtube video? Or am I missing something? I don't know anything about doing youtube recordings. Thanks, Larry
  12. What is being used to record the youtube video, the live performance? Larry
  13. No, I don't. I do have a 15ips 2 track second generation dub of a production or safety master tape, not a digital version. Larry
  14. How can you not like a man who steals another man's wife and stays friends with him for the rest of his life. Larry
  15. So far, the only one I know is Ingrid Bergman. See her radiant beauty in Casablanca, with Humphrey Bogart. From late 1942 - three years before I was born, when the war was very much in doubt. One of the all time great movies. Larry
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