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  1. The purpose of this post is to publicly thank Superdad for his very prompt handling and resolution of the problem I had. Two days ago, I replaced the LPS 1 which was powering a ISO Regen with the new LPS1.2, and all that I could then hear coming out of my speakers were repetitive short sounds, like a machine gun fired at irregular intervals. I tried to resolve my problem, but to no avail. I then emailed Superdad, seeking his help, and I received a reply from Superdad no more than 9 hours later. We scheduled a telephone appointment for tonight. He called me on time and patiently guided me through the moves to solve my problem. He also took time to explain the reasons for my problem, in simple terms. Again, thank you very much Alex. Your sales support is truly remarkable. We should all be grateful to have a contributor here of his generosity and care for customers. Gilles
  2. Great story, thanks! I always loved this song, a classic. This song has something that always made me think of other music but I could never tell which one. That was until about a week ago, when I read that A Whiter Shade of Pale is an adaptation of JS Bach's Air on a G String. I then knew that I had just found that other music. My source: Eric Siblin, author of this book on Bach's cello suites https://www.amazon.ca/Cello-Suites-Casals-Baroque-Masterpiece/dp/0802145248. I read it on page 252 of the pocket book edition in French, in the chapter on the 5th suite. I have no connection with E Siblin.
  3. Good day to all, I thought some of you might be interested in this. You can listen (on ICIMusique.ca) and watch (on medici.tv) the concert that will be given tonight by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit (his first time conducting the orchestra since he left in 2002), with Martha Argerich. The program is as follows: Berlioz, Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9 (approx. 8 min.) Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (approx. 36 min.) Stravinsky, Petrushka (1911 original version) (approx. 34 min.) Ravel, La valse (approx. 13 min.) The concert will be rebroadcast on ICIMusique.ca on Feb 22 at 8pm, and be available until February 2017. Go to Live Concert Streaming | Orchestre symphonique de Montréal to find the links to the broadcast. Enjoy! Gilles
  4. I learned a lot about digital photography on KenRockwell.com: Photography, Cameras and Taking Better Pictures. You will find numerous articles in his section How To Take Better Pictures. You may also want to check Mike Browne Photography Courses, Workshops & videos. Have fun! edit: here the link to K Rockwell's review of your camera: Fuji X100T Review.
  5. Mario, Thank you very much for providing me with the codes so quickly, I did download the Cabrera/Debussy and flamenco files easily - and donated with pleasure - and listen to them a number of times last night. I do not possess the experience and knowledge that many CA members possess and am unable to comment on mic placement, recording techniques and equipment and so on, but I certainly enjoyed very much listening to all these tracks. As for the Cabrera/Debussy, the naturalness of the sound of the piano is truly great. Closing my eyes while listening, I felt closer to the actual performance than on any other piano recordings I have. As for the flamenco pieces, my sound stage is a tiny bit left of that shown in your sketch, due to my room's shape I think, and the guitar and voice sound just great. I look forward to listening to your future recordings and wish you the best of luck! Gilles
  6. Mario, Quite a generous offer...can you please send me the codes for Cabrera Plays Debussy, Albeniz and, if still available, the flamenco pieces? Thanks, Gilles
  7. Another happy camper here! I took possession of my Amber Regen late Monday night and put it into service immediately and was very pleased with the SQ improvement it produced right from the start (I had not gone to bed that late that night in months!). Luckily, I did not experience any of the problems that some members report. The Regen produced a wider sound stage, more air between instruments and voices, a lower noise floor, better defined bass and, I find the most important, a greater naturalness to sound. I hear sounds that were hidden. I have connected it using the supplied hard adapter and have not made a comparison with the supplied or other USB cables. I will most probably do a comparison one day. I had the Regen running non-stop since I connected it, that is about 40 hours now, and can't say that I detected a further improvement in SQ. In any event, I don't mind not getting a further improvement as I am happy with what I hear now. Kudos to Alex and John, Gilles
  8. sig8, You could use the tank valve G21TVB and the chuck valve pictured on page 7 of http://greenlinehose.com/_pdf/fittings/16.Accessories.pdf and connect them with a flexible hose of your choice, long enough to extend beyond the exterior circumference of the air chamber. I bought a few of these for when I will take the time to try that. Have fun! Gilles
  9. The bamboo board that I think drew attention is that one from Ikea, see APTITLIG Chopping board - IKEA Best, Gilles
  10. I found a Delaware supplier of half-inch TC balls at US$3.25 per ball, see https://www.craigballsales.com/1-2-12.700mm-lot-of-10.html. I do not know them and have no idea of the grade of the balls, i.e. G25 or else. My apologies if that has been covered in other threads, and I do not recall it has, but is there a benefit in having the ball and the bowl, cup, or disk as I call it, made of the same material of the same grade? My quasi non existent knowledge of metallurgy makes me think that having both made of the same material of the same grade should produce better results than otherwise. The probability that the desired properties of one be limited or defeated by those of the other of another material would be minimized. Does this make any sense? Am I splitting hair here? I posted this while I had time today but will not have much time later today and tomorrow to read your replies, if any. I will of course catch up as soon as I can either late Sunday night or Monday at the latest. Many thanks in advance, and have a great weekend. Happy Independence Day to our US friends! Gilles
  11. Haninger, I think you will find the adaptor you are looking for here: understanding_usb Gilles edit: I just remembered that, as per Superdad, the distance between the REGEN and the DAC should be kept to the minimum. As it looks like the cables this company sells are no shorter than 12 inches, you may not get from the REGEN all the benefits you would if the cable was as short as possible. Mind you, they have cut at my request the power leg on a cable I ordered from them; maybe they will agree to make you a shorter cable with connectors angled up or down. Good luck!
  12. Well...I did miss post #10. Only 3 posts prior, not too bright on my part!
  13. Why don't sharks eat lawyers swimming in the ocean? Professional courtesy!
  14. Mordante, The Wavelength Proton and Brick DACs have no controls, only one USB port and terminals for the interconnects and the external power supply. They are limited to 24/96. USB DACS Product Page Good luck, Gilles
  15. Ethiopian groove may not be to everyone's liking. I now love it. I recommend these 2-CD sets: Ethiopian Groove Worldwide, on ethioSonic 860215, http://www.budamusique.com The very best of ethiopiques, mantded245, http://www.ethiopiques.info Labels like The Rough Guide To...and Putumayo may offer interesting compilations serving as bases for exploration. Good luck with your search! Gilles
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