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  1. Whether for a Hoffman CD or not, assuming it isn't available at a local used CD store, if it's never been remastered or only once after the original CD, I check Amazon and eBay. If there have been multiple CD remasterings, I usually give up on Amazon and find it on eBay. Discogs also has a marketplace, but I haven't tried it. PS - Sorry, I may have misunderstood - if what you're asking is out how to identify a Hoffman mastering, I go to Hoffman forums and Discogs to find out what I should be looking for , e.g. release year, label, artist, matrix codes.
  2. This post on Hoffman might be useful https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/cd-matrix-numbers-demystified.143289/
  3. If I can't find the release through a search on Amazon, I check eBay, where I've had more success finding specific releases that are hard to find on Amazon (e.g. the 1988 original CD version of Van Morrison's Veedon Fleece). I find Amazon seems to favor the most recent mastering in the search results; I've had to stick in specific years with the album name to find older masterings, if available. I haven't tried discogs.
  4. Great article and great fun to read. I have the 1999 Nichols CD mastering and what I believe may be the same 1984 CD mastering as diecaster's (the matrix info on mine reads MCAD 37214 DIDY 000055, which puts it in "mastering #3" on the Hoffman forum thread). Whether or not that's a "Hoffman clone", it is a pleasure to listen to. As is the 1999 remaster. https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/steely-dan-cds-different-masterings-the-summary-thread.561226/#post-14611213 I prefer the 1984 CD mastering, but probably because I know it's the 1984 mastering when I put it on.
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    The Most Kitchy/Trashy Songs of All Time.

    Where I see you beat me to "Yummy Yummy" by a few years!
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    5G - Are We Safe Or Insane?

    Thanks - you are right ! While I do try to take the laws of physics seriously, I am at the same time a religious follower of the Church of Chuck Jones.
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    5G - Are We Safe Or Insane?

    Absolutely! I mean, in terms of the innate animus of nature, the cumulative death rate from oxygen inhalation is 100%.
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    5G - Are We Safe Or Insane?

    Super high frequency crickets... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/science/sonic-attack-cuba-crickets.html
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    LH Labs. No delivery after 2.5 Years

    My LH Labs "no delivery" story involved an existing product, the Geek Out V2 DAC. I bought one in early 2017. It died several months later, within the one year warranty period. I contacted LH Labs, was given a RMA by a "Kevin Z" who instructed me to send it by courier to their Roseville, CA office. I did. He said they'd tell me when they got it. He did. When it arrived, I received an email indicating "we will transfer to our repair facility momentarily". When I checked on the repair/replacement status later that month because I hadn't heard from them, it seems that because they hadn't heard *from me*, they'd unilaterally closed the ticket. With my broken unit languishing in their repair facility, it would seem. Following up proved futile, apparently because "the ticket is closed, you'll need to open up a new ticket". Wonder if I should keep that candle burning in the window ...
  10. Thanks for the reply. AFAIK, JRemote's been continuously available as an IOS app since I've been a JRMC user (more than half a decade). I agree - it's a terrific app.
  11. The article says that ...' JRemote was an aftermarket remote controller and renderer that still works well but is no longer available from the iTunes App Store. ..." According to JRiver, this is incorrect, and JRemote is still available from the Itunes App Store https://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php/topic,118802.0.html
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    Album of the Evening

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    Album of the Evening

  14. I have the What's Going On/Let's Get It On 1986 Baker "Twofer" mastering. I think it sounds great. Of the other versions, aside from the original LP, I've only heard the 2002 "Deluxe". I much prefer the 1986 mastering (and also am very happy with the 1986 mastering of Let's Get It On that accompanies it). I hadn't really noticed tape hiss, perhaps I can't hear it, but it doesn't bother me. FWIW, here are the DR scores for the tracks on the 1986 mastering of What's Going On according to JRMC audio analysis. It doesn't sound "bright" to me at all. What's Going On: 14 DB What's Happening Brother: 12 DB Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky: 11 DB Save The Children: 12 DB Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology): 12 DB Right On: 14 DB Wholy Holy: 12 DB Inner City Blues (Make Me Want To Holler): 14 DB